Letter from Hōani Wiremu Hīpango, Te Māwae and Hōri Kīngi Te Anaua; Hōani Wiremu...
Letter from Hōani Wiremu Hīpango, Te Māwae and Hōri Kīngi Te AnauaAbout this object
This letter was written in te reo Māori dated 1 July 1843, signed by Hōani Wiremu Hīpango, Te Māwae and Hōri Kīngi Te Anaua, and witnessed by the Reverend Richard Taylor. "Kia rongo e nga tangata katoa ko a hau ko Hoani Wiremu Hipango, ko te Mawae, ko Hori Kingi te Anaua, kua tukua ki nga Pakeha ki a Te Routua (Lowther) raua ko Atitene (Allison) i tetahi wenua hei kainga mo raua e pai ana raua kia noho marire ki reira mo te ra o te wakaritenga o te utu o tera wenua, e Tiraweke me ona kahui, heoi ana ko Maimui, te ingoa o taua kainga, heoi ano ka mutu, Hurae 1 - 1843 Hoani Wiremu Hipango, Te Mawae, Hori Kingi Te Anaua, Etoi kai Titiro Rich'd Taylor".
In translation it means: “To all people, hearken! We, Hoani Wiremu Hipango, Te Mawae and Hori Kingi Te Anaua have granted to some Pakeha, Lowther and Allison, some land as a home for them, and they agree that they live peaceably there until the day when the price for the said land is fixed by Wakefield and his friends; the name of the said home is Maimui; that is all, it is finished. July 1, 1843. Hoani Wiremu Hipango, Te Mawae, Hori Kingi Te Anaua. Signed Witness, Rich'd Taylor”. This is a permission from Whanganui Māori rangatira (chiefs) for two settlers to use some of their land until a sale price is agreed; it is in effect a lease document. All three Māori signatories of this letter signed the Treaty of Waitangi in Whanganui. Richard Taylor, the witness, was an Anglican Church Missionary Society priest who lived and worked in the wider Whanganui region with a largely Māori pastorate from 1842 until his death in 1873. Wakefield, mentioned in the letter, was a purchasing agent for the New Zealand Company, the British agency seeking to buy land in New Zealand for settlers.In 1848, the New Zealand government persuaded Whanganui rangatira (leaders) to accept a payment of £1000 from the New Zealand Company to settle the purchase of the Whanganui district.
1 July 1843Place Made
Whanganui, Aotearoa/New ZealandMedium and Materials
Paper / inkMeasurements
20 x 25 cmSubject and Association Description
Lease of Māori land in WhanganuiObject Type
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