Letter from Raharuhi Rukupo to McLean, 10 Nov 1851
Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0675I-09. Object #1032006
Letter written from Turanga
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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)
10 Noema 1851
Na Raharuhi Rukupo
E hoa, e Te Makarini,
Kaore aku korero atu ki a koe, nau ano i tuhituhi mai ki au, kia whakaritea taua wahi, otira ehara i au na raua ano i ki mai ki au kia whakaritea, kei kore a katoa na. E hoa, ka mutu taku hiahia mo taua wahi. E hoa, tenei ano te kupu a nga tangata o Turanga ki au, kia whakarerea e ahau te ture Pakeha, kia tango tahi matou ki nga ture a nga pakeke. Ka mea atu ahau ki a ratou, 'E kore ahau e pai', ka mea mai ratou ki au 'He aha te utu ki a koe kia mau koe ki ana korero parau?' Katahi ahau ka mea atu, 'Kai a Te Makarini te whakaaro ki au mo taku mahi.'
E hoa, tenei te kupu a nga Pakeha, kia tae mai koe ka whakatu ai i ahau ki waenganui i a ratou. E haere atu ano maua ko Paneharete, he mate noku.
E hoa, haere mai koe, kia tae mai koe ki au he taenga tahi mai nau, a pai ana he kainga tutata hoki atu hoki mai. Haere mai koe, kia whakapumautia taku ture kia marama. Ka mutu.
English (E Ma)
10 November 1851
From Raharuhi Rukupo
I did not have words for you, you yourself wrote to me to arrange that place, however it was not me but the two of them who said to me to arrange it, in case all opposed it. Friend, I no longer desire that place. Friend, this is what the people of Turanga said to me, that I should give up the Pakeha laws, and that we should take up the laws of the elders. I said to them, 'I do not approve of that', and they said to me, 'What payment do you get to maintain his false statements?' And then I said, 'McLean decides what work I do.'
Friend, the Pakeha say that when you arrive that I will be appointed [to an office] among them. Paneharete and I are going away, as I'm sick.
Friend, come here, and when you come to me, it will be your first time, however it would be good if there was a place close to come and go to. Come here so my office can be confirmed and understood. That's the end.
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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)
Ki a Te Makarini, Ahuriri
Na to hoa aroha pono,
na Raharuhi Rukupo
E ta, tena te pauna kotahi kai a Paneharete hei utu mo te whakawakanga mo aku muka.
English (E Ma)
To McLean, Ahuriri
From your good and faithful friend,
from Raharuhi Rukupo
Sir, there should be £1 with Paneharete to pay for the assessment of [the quality of] my flax fibre.
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