Letter from Te Heuheu Iwikau to McLean (with translation), 4 Feb 1849

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0673A-05. Object #1032716

Letter written from Pukawa informing McLean of his willingness to work together

4 pages to Sir Donald McLean in Taranaki Region, related to Iwikau Te Heuheu Tukino III, Michael Rotohiko Jones, Pukawa, Ngati Tuwharetoa.

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

English (MRJ)

Feb 4, 1849

My letter goes forth to Taranaki to McLean. Friend, greetings to you for which I have much regard. I have not much to say except to say that I have heard that you have said I had been a bad man, I had slaughtered the European as well as the Maori. I have seen the European way of life. When the European deceives the Maori, the Maori is hostile, and the European is tied up. It is under these circumstances that I stole the price for our pigs. This my son was the only reason.

I am in agreement with the opinion of my elder brother, that while his body has passed on, his word will live on. With this I am fully in agreement.

This thought of mine is in accord with that of Te Heuheu of Potatau and of Gawena.

Having received your letter, I am full of regard for your letter and cordially invite you to come so that I can see you.

From your affectionate friend,

Heuheu Iwikau.

To theMcLean, Taranaki.

Notes on translation:

(1) Heuheu - Elder brother of Te Heuheu Iwikau, who was overwhelmed by landslides 1846.

(2) Potatau - First Maori King, Paramount chief of Waikato.

(3) Gawena - This name is obscure. Could be Governor.

(4) Te Heuheu Iwikau - Paramount chief of Tuwharitoa Tribe succeeded his older brother. Overwhelmed by landslide. 1846.

Trans. M.R. Jones

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0673A (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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