Letter from Raharuhi Rukupo to McLean, 13 Jun 1851

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0675E-7. Object #1032775

Letter written from Turanga

2 pages to Sir George Grey in Port Nicholson, related to Raharuhi Rukupo, Gisborne, Ngati Porou, Rongowhakaata.

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

13 Hune 1851

No Turanga
Na Raharuhi Rukupo

ki Poneke
E hoa, e Kawana Kerei,

Ko toku whakaro e mahi pouri ana ahau ki te whakarite, no te mea ka nui aku pukapuka ki a koe, kaore ano kia utua mai e koe. Otira tae atu ai ranei, kaore ranei?

E hoa, kia rongo mai ra koe, na nga tangata Maori tetahi o nga he, na Pakeha tetahi. E ta, katahi ano matou ka tono utu mo nga tarutaru. Ka nui nga tau o ratou i noho ai i runga to matou kainga. E ta, he ki atu ta matau kia homai kia rima nga hereni ki te kau[tau?] kotahi, ki ana mai kotahi te pene. E hoa, he pono ranei? Na, kia tika tau.

English (E Ma)

13 June 1851

From Turanga
From Raharuhi Rukupo

to Port Nicholson
Friend, Governor Grey,

On my mind, and upsetting me in trying to set it right, are my letters to you which you have not yet answered. Well, did they arrive or not?

Friend, listen, the Maori people are responsible for one of the wrongs and the Pakeha for one. Sir, we have just asked for payment for the pasture. They have stayed on our land for many years. Sir, we say that they should give five shillings for a year; they say one penny. Friend, is this correct? You say what's right.

[Note following]
'Raharuhi Rukupo
wants payment for pasturage of European's cattle.']

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0675E (9 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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