Letter from Hakaraia and Ngati Raukawa to McLean (with translation), 20 Jan 1849

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0673A-02. Object #1032121

Letter with contemporary translation by Donald McLean written from Otaki informing McLean of disagreements over land

5 pages written 20 Jan 1849 by an unknown author in Otaki to Sir Donald McLean, related to Hakaraia Korako, Manawatu-Wanganui Region, Kapiti Coast District, Rangitikei District, Ngati Apa, Ngati Raukawa, Taranaki (Taranaki Iwi), Whanganui.

A transcription/translation of this document (by 19th C) appears below.

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

English (19th C)

January 20th 1845

Friend Mr McLean

Wishing you well.

This is our word to you be cautious of the words of your people, of the Ngatiapas, who persist in selling Rangitikei on to Manawatu. That is the boundary they desire to sell. There are only two more left. Friend Mr. McLean, if you consent to what they say, give them your money, but the land shall not be given up to you. Listen: if you wish to purchase let it be the other side of Rangitikei do not consent to buy this side it will not be given up, all the people (the natives) have determined to hold the land the boundary is Rangitikei our boundary is Kuputauraki(?), that boundary shall be ours. Presently the Europeans may say the evils arise from us from the natives.

This is all our talk at present from us from the
to Mr McLean.
The arrival of this translation was addressed to me by Hakariah the principal teacher at Otaki. Donald McLean.

A true translation, Donald McLean, Inspector of Police

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0673A (10 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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