Letter from Te Manihera to George Grey (with translation), 4 Jul 1853
Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0677A-15. Object #1032061
Letter written from Otaraia, Wairarapa regarding land committees and meetings and includes a contemporary translation by McLean
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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)
4 Hurae 1853
I tuhia tenei pukapuka ki Otaraia, ara, he wahi ia no Wairarapa,
ki Poneke, ki a te Kawana nui.
He kupu ta matou ki a koe mo tau pukapuka ka tae mai nei ki a matou, e mea ana mai kia haere atu matou. Heoi, e mea ana matou he poto rawa te wa hei haerenga atu mo matou, inahoki no te rua o nga ra o Hurae i tae mai ai tau pukapuka ki a matou. Rokohanga mai matou e mahi ana i nga mahi Maori o to matou nei kainga, ara, i nga mahi Maori i pai ai te Atua hei mahi ma te tangata.
E ta, e mea ana matou kia whakaroatia mai e koe etahi ra mo matou, hei haerenga atu ma matou. Kahore ano i tae mai etahi tangata atu o etahi kainga atu, i te roa o te whenua. E whakapai ana matou ki tau karanga ki a matou, kotahi te
[Bottom of page] Ki a Kawana, na Te Manihera
English (E Ma)
4 July 1853
This letter was written at Otaraia, a part of the Wairarapa,
to Port Nicholson, to the Governor-in-Chief
We have something to say concerning your letter which came to us suggesting we go there to you. However, we say that there is too short a time for us to travel there, for it was only on the 2nd of July that your letter got to us. And it found us working on our own Maori jobs here in our village, that is, Maori tasks which God approves people working on.
Sir, we suggest that you allow some more days for us to travel to you. And also because some people from other settlements are not yet here due to the length [of the journey across] the land. We are grateful for your invitation to us, and there is just one
To the Governor, from Te Manihera
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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)
mea i tohe ai matou kia haere atu. Ko au korero hou, na, e kore e huna te tikanga mo tetahi kupu au, te kupu mo Wairarapa, he kupu kotahi ta matou ki tou aroaro i timataia ano ki konei, a tae noa atu ki tou aroaro.
E ta, e pai ana matou ki te haere atu ki tou aroaro whakarongo ai i tau komiti, kia rongo noa atu i tetahi tikanga mo matou nei i tau komiti. Kotahi ano ia, ko tetahi ra mo matou kia whakaroatia mai e koe, hei te tekau ma waru o Hurae, ka tae atu ai matou. He raruraru noa iho no nga tikanga o tenei whenua. Ka mutu te korero.
na Te Manihera
Ki a Kawana Kerei
English (E Ma)
thing that we are contesting about going there. As to your new suggestions, well, the intention in one of your statements is not hidden, the suggestion about Wairarapa, and we will have one suggestion to put before you, which was initiated here, when we get to you.
Sir, we are pleased to be going to see you and listen to your committee, and to hear any proposal for us from your committee. There is just one thing, however, that you delay it another day for us, until the 18th of July, when we will be able to get there. It's just to do with being busy with things that have to be done on the land. That ends what there is to say.
from Te Manihera
To Governor Grey
[Note following relates.]
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0677A (23 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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