Letter from Anaru Rongotua to Kawana Hea, 5 Nov 1848
Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0672E-02. Object #1032536
Letter regarding the sale of land and includes letter in English addressed to all Wairarapa chiefs about land sales
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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)
5 Nowema 1848
Ki a Kawana Hea kei Poneke
Tena koe. Kia rongo mai koe ki taku tikanga, kia nui to tohe ki tenei taha o Wairarapa, kaua e whakakino mai ki ta matou tikanga; ko kainga ko Wairarapa, ko nohoanga ko Poneke.
E tama, ko ta matou tikanga, heoi ano kua korero atu nei matou ki a koe, ara, ahau a Raniera a Hiko. Ko matou tokotoru tena i korero ana matou ki a koe. Ko te rohe ki a Te Tati raua ko Raniera, ko Turakirae, kai Waiohine; ka mutu ki a raua. Ka takoto atu ki
English (E Ma)
5 November 1848
To Governor Eyreat Port Nicholson
Greetings. Listen to my proposal. If you put greater pressure for this side of Wairarapa, you could ruin our proposal; your land is Wairarapa but you live at Port Nicholson.
Young man, we have already spoken of it to you, that is, I and Raniera and Hiko. We three told you that the boundary for Te Tati and Raniera is Turakirae, at Waiohine; and it ends there for them. What lies to the
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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)
ki runga, kei au tera, puta noa ki Te Kotukutuku, ki Rangitumau, puta noa ki Wangaehu. Ka tohe koe ki tua atu. Na, me haere ake koe ki Wairarapa kia rongo ai koe i te tikanga mo tua atu; ma ona tangata ano o ia wahi o ia wahi e whakarite tona wahi kia rite ai.
Na, kia rongo mai koe ki te tukua e ahau a Te Kauru ki a Te Kuini, ka whai mai nga tangata o Te Kaikokirikiri ki nga Maori ki nga Pakeha. Na, ka tuhituhitia he pukapuka ki a Te Rangihaeata kia haere mai hei whawhai ki a tatou.
Na, mau e tuhituhi ake tetahi pukapuka ki ahau kia rongo matou i te tikanga o nga korero o taku pukapuka. Heoi ano.
Na tou hoa aroha,
na Anaru Rongotua
Ki a Kawana Hea
English (E Ma)
south is mine, and right out to Te Kotukutuku, Rangitumau, and further still to Wangaehu. You may look beyond that. But you must go to Wairarapa to appreciate the rights beyond there, for the people of each place arrange their own [rights] to suit.
Now, listen, if I give Te Kauru to the Queen, then the people of Te Kaikokirikiri will follow Maori and Pakeha. And a letter will be written to Te Rangihaeata to come here and fight us all.
But now you write me a letter so we can know the procedure over the suggestions of my letter. That's all.
From your good friend,
from Anaru Rongotua
To Governor Eyre
[Draft letter in English in reply follows.]
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