Letter from Takerei Waitara to McLean, 19 Dec 1850

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0674G-04. Object #1032664

Letter written from Mokau

2 pages written 19 Dec 1850 by Takerei Waitara in Mokau to Sir Donald McLean, related to Ngati Maniapoto.

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

19 Tihema 1850

E hoa, e Makarini,

Hoki mai pea ki te utu i te whenua i korerotia nei e taua mo Awakino. Kua karangatia e koe mo te raumati, kua pahemo nga ra o Tihema, hei a Hanuere ka tae mai koe i konei kia roa te korerotanga, e pai ana au kia utua toku whenua.

E tama, kei kataina taua e nga tangata, e ki ana nga tangata, 'Ko wai tohu ai, ka tika.' A hua ana ka whakaporohakatia taua, e ki ana nga Maori, 'E kore e tae mai Te Makarini.'

Takerei Waitara

English (E Ma)

19 December 1850

Friend, McLean,

Perhaps [you] will return to pay for the land you and I spoke of, for Awakino. You announced it for the summer and the days of December are passed, but if in January you arrive here to continue the discussion, I would agree to my land being bought.

Young man, don't let us be laughed at by the people; they say, 'Whoever gives a sign is right.' They think we go round and round, and the Maori say, 'McLean won't come.'

Takerei Waitara

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0674G (10 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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