Letter from Raniera Te Iho to George Grey, 4 Dec 1848

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0672F-03. Object #1032211

Letter written from Wairarapa regarding the sale of land

4 pages written 4 Dec 1848 by an unknown author in Wairarapa to Sir George Grey, related to Raniera Te Iho, Turanganui, Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa.

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

4 Tihe[ma]

E hoa, e Kawana,

Tena ra koe. Ka nui toku aroha atu ki a koe. Tenei ano taku kupu ki a koe. Ko te tikanga mo Wairara[pa], kua rongo nei matou kia pai to whakarite. Kei mea koe kei a ratou anake te tikanga, kahore kei a ratou, kei a matou te tikanga. Otira, kei a koe te tikanga kia wahia ki a ratou etahi, ki a matou etahi, no te mea na matou tena kainga i noho i mua, kahore he tangata nana i noho tena whenua, ko matou anake. He tini nga Pakeha i kite i a matou. Kei mea koe he teka na matou ena kupu. Whakarongo mai, ehara te tikanga a Potatau mo Taranaki, he tikanga tahae i te Kawana tuatahi, rite tahi ta Ngati Toa, ki ta Potatau tikanga mo Murihuku mo te kainga o Taiaroa. Heoi ano.

, na

English (E Ma)

4 December

Friend, Governor,

Greetings to you there. I have great affection for you. I have this to say to you. The arrangement for Wairara[pa], we have heard that we should agree to your arrangement. Don't say that only they have the right, it is not with them, it lies with us. However, you can propose to divide up some for them and some for us, because we lived on that land in the past, there were no other people occupying the land, only us. And there were many Pakeha who saw us there. Don't say we are lying. Listen, it was not Potatau's proposition about Taranaki, it was the first Governor's dishonest behaviour, and the same for that of Ngati Toa, and as Potatau's proposal for Murihuku, for Taiaroa's land. That's all.

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[Note following relates to the letter.]

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0672F (9 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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