Letter from Paora Apatu and others to McLean (with translation), 3 Sep 1868

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0692D-03. Object #1032282

Letter and contemporary translation regarding the Hauhau position in the Hawkes Bay / Gisborne area

4 pages written 3 Sep 1868 by an unknown author in Wairoa to Sir Donald McLean, related to Maraki Kohea, Paora Apatu, Karaitiana Papaka, Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu.

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

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English (ATL)

3rd. September 1868

To Mr. McLean, Salutations to you!

Friend, this is our word to you! The Hau Haus have established themselves at Te Papuni, at Puke Tapu. We are busy fortifying our Pas --- Te Hatepe, Waihirere, Te Ruataniwha, Ngamotu, Matiti, and Ramoto. We are labouring under a want of provisions; we, the old folks; as the young men are constantly drawn away to fight, and keeping sentries.

Therefore we request that you will send us some provisions, in order that we may be in a proper position to fortify our Pas --- some flour, and sugar.

That is all.
From your affectionate friends:- (Signed)
(Paora Te Apatu. (Tamihana Huata. (Maraki Kohea. (Karaitiana Papaka. (Ihakara Haeata. (Tiopira Tauhere. (Hapimana Tunupaura.
in fact, from us all.

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0692D (17 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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