Letter from Tamati Waka to McLean, 1 Aug 1851

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0675G-3. Object #1032305

Includes a letter and a brief note in English by Henry Halse

4 pages written 1 Aug 1851 by an unknown author in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean, related to Tamati Waka, Henry Halse, Taranaki Region, Taranaki (Taranaki Iwi).

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

Nui Paremata
1 Hakuhata 1851

E hoa, e Te Makarini,

Tena ra koe. Tenei ano taku kupu kia rongo mai koe mo taku he. Ehara i te he nui, he ritenga takaro noa iho nei, na te wahine i whakanui, na nga tangata hoki. Tetahi wahi he mea kia taka ai au i ta tatou mahi. Kei[?] rongo mai koe ki te korero a te tangata, me ka tae atu ki a koe mau e titiro ki te kupu i roto i te Karaipiture, e mea ana taua kupu 'e kore ahau e tango ki ta te tangata korero'. Eoi, e nui atu i a Koani taku kai whakapono a korerotia ana e ia te pono. E hoa, kei whakarongo koe ki tenei korero. Ka mutu.

Na tou hoa aroha, na
Tamati Waka

English (E Ma)

New Plymouth
1 August 1851

Friend, McLean,

Greetings to you. My message is to let you know about my wrongdoing. It was not a great wrong, it was a playful business, but the woman made much of it, and also the people. One side says that I fell down in our work. But don't you listen to people's talk, and if it reaches you, then look to the word of the Scriptures where it says, 'I will not be taken in by people's talk' [?].

Well, my faith is greater than that of Koani, who claims to speak the truth. Friend, don't listen to talk about this. That ends it.

From your good friend, from
Tamati Waka

[Notes following relate.]

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0675G (8 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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