Letter from Ropata to McLean, 20 Sep 1851

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0675H-10. Object #1031818

1 page written 20 Sep 1851 by Ropata Ngarongomate to Sir Donald McLean, related to Taranaki Region, Taranaki (Taranaki Iwi).

A transcription/translation of this document (by E Ma) appears below.

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

20 Hepetema 1851

Ki a Makarini

E hoa,

Tena ra koe te noho mai na i te taone. E hoa, e pai ana to tikanga. I tae mai nei to pukapuka ki a maua ko Te Hirawani. Whakapai ana maua ki to tikanga mo nga moni mo to hoa aroha mo Te Hapuku. Mau hoki e whakaaro mai ki a maua; mutu tonu te mahi witi, tahuri tonu maua ki te tuawaerenga, he mate kai no maua. Engari, mau ano te whakaaro mo te haere ki Heretaunga. Mau ano te whakaaro kei te raumati, e pai ana, mau ano te whakaaro, inaianei ano, e pai ana. Heoi ano.

Naku, na to hoa aroha,
na Ropata

English (E Ma)

20 September 1851

To McLean


Greetings to you there in the town. Friend, your suggestion is good. Your letter got to Te Hirawani and I, and we are grateful for your approval about the money for your good friend, Te Hapuku. You might also think of us; as soon as the wheat was done, we set straight to work on the back clearing, for we are lacking food. But you yourself are to decide about going to Heretaunga. If you consider it for summer, that is fine, or consider it for right now, that would be good. That's all.

From me, from your good friend,

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0675H (13 digitised items)
Series 2 Inward letters (Maori), Reference Number Series 2 Inward letters (Maori) (3148 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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