To King William, the Gracious Chief of
Address of Chiefs to His Majesty the King.
We, the chiefs of New Zealand assembled at this place, called the Kerikeri, write to thee, for we hear that thou art the great chief of the other side the water, since the many ships which come to our land are from thee.
We are a people without possessions. We have nothing but timber, flax; pork, and potatoes; We sell these things, however, to your people, and then we see the property of Europeans. It is only the land which is liberal towards us. From thee also come the missionaries who teach us to believe in Jehovah God, and in Jesus Christ His Son.
We have heard that the tribe of Mariau is at hand coming to take away our land; therefore we pray thee to become our friend and the guardian of these islands, lest the teasing of other tribes should come near to us and lest strangers should come and take away our land.page 2
And if any of thy people should be troublesome or vicious towards us (for some persons are living here who have run away from ships), we pray thee to be angry with them that they may be obedient, lest the anger of the people of this land fall upon them.
This letter is from us, from the chiefs of the Natives of New Zealand.
No. 1. Warerahi, Chief of Paroa.
|2.||Rewa, Chief of Waimate.|
|3.||Patoune, Two brothers, Chiefs of Hokianga.|
|4.||Nene, Two brothers, Chiefs of Hokianga.|
|5.||Kekeao, Chief of the Abuahu.|
|6.||Titore, Chief of Kororareka.|
|7.||Tamoranga, Chief of Taiamai.|
|8.||Ripe, Chief of Mapere.|
|9.||Hara, Chief of Ohaiawai.|
|10.||Atuabaere, Chief of Kaikohi.|
|11.||Moetara, Chief of Pakauai.|
|12.||Matangi, Chief of Waima.|
|13.||Taunui, Chief of Hutakura.|
The foregoing is a literal translation of the accompanying document.
William Yate,Secretary to the Church Missionary Society, New Zealand.