Letter from Taonui to McLean, 20 May 1850

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0674B-8. Object #1032800

Letter written from Waipa regarding land boundaries

1 page written 20 May 1850 by Taonui in Waipa District to Sir Donald McLean, related to Tainui (Waka), Ngati Maniapoto.

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

Waipa
20 Mei 1850


Haere ra, taku pukapuka, ki a Te Makarini.

[E] tama,

Tena koe. Kia whakarongo mai ki taku kupu, ko toku aroha tenei ki a koe ka tukuna hoki ahau ki a koe, koia tenei: ko Pukearuhe, Otumatua, Wakaruna, ko Kukuriki Mimipirinoa[?], Onaeroa[?], Whaiau, ko Te Tanewa, ko Titerangi. Kua kitea koe i tau haerenga ki tera wahi. Ka nui toku pouri ki tenei whenua e tuku atu ki a koe, no te mea ka hoki mai na [nga?] heke no Ngati Awa kia noho pai ia. I marama ai toku ngakau i reira ka utu hoki [ra?] tera taha a Waitara i o taonga, kihai i riro mai ki a koe mo te wahi i tuwhera kau, ka tukua atu ki a koe; ko Nga-toto-a-Kupi[?] tenei aku tupapaka [tupapaku?].

Na, ki[a] hohoro mai tetahi whakaaro ki ahau, k[a] rongo ahau tou kupu mo taku e tukua atu ki a koe. Heoi ano taku korero.


Na to hoa aroha, na
Taonui
Ki a Te Makarini

English (E Ma)

Waipa
20 May 1850


Go off, my letter, to McLean.

Young man,

Greetings. Listen to what I have to say. It is my consideration for you that I send, and it is this: Pukearuhe, Otumatua, Wakaruna, Kukuriki Mimipirinoa[?], Onaeroa[?], Whaiau, Te Tanewa, Titerangi. You have seen it on your travels over that part. I am very upset about this land which I am giving over to you, because the migrations from Ngati Awa returned to happily settle it. I was relieved that that part of Waitara will be paid with your goods, and that you did not take [anything?] for the part which is open [?]; Nga-toto-a-Kupi[?] is the [burial ground?] of my dead.

Now, be quick to give me your view, so I can hear what you have to say about what I am giving over to you. That is all I have to say.


From your good friend, from
Taonui
To McLean

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