Letter from Te Teira to Kawana & McLean (with translation), 7 Apr 1848

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0672B-07. Object #1032192

Letter and contemporary translation showing the owners to land being offered for sale

6 pages written 7 Apr 1848 by Manuka Te Teira to Sir Donald McLean, related to Kawana Hunia Te Hakeke, Waitara, Taranaki (Taranaki Iwi).

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

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English (19th C)

April 7th 1848




Here follow a long genealogy of the natives by which they lay claim to the land in question Then follow the names of the places
Poutama is the boundary to the south. Let the payment be thousands of pounds for this land, it is sacred land and has now[?] been sold to the white people

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English (19th C)


My friend Governor

Greetings, hear me

40 men, 50 woman, 30 children are the subscribers[?] to this letter and consent to sell this land. Indeed all the people have been here to discuss the question of selling the land at 'Mokau', 'at mohaka', land at 'Poutama', Te Warekaru Haimona.

Before the natives of Waiariki and all the elder people of this place Kaiwarawara are Te Kawenga and Noa


Written by
Te Teira

To the Governor
and Mr Mclean

Te Reo Maori (E Ma)





English (19th C)

April 7th 1848




Here follow a long genealogy of the natives by which they lay claim to the land in question Then follow the names of the places
Poutama is the boundary to the south. Let the payment be thousands of pounds for this land, it is sacred land and has now[?] been sold to the white people

My friend Governor

Greetings, hear me

40 men, 50 woman, 30 children are the subscribers[?] to this letter and consent to sell this land. Indeed all the people have been here to discuss the question of selling the land at 'Mokau', 'at mohaka', land at 'Poutama', Te Warekaru Haimona.

Before the natives of Waiariki and all the elder people of this place Kaiwarawara are Te Kawenga and Noa


Written by
Te Teira

To the Governor
and Mr Mclean

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0672B (14 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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