MAORI. Te Peeti Te Awe Awe, 1875. 19251

£375

Description

An original covering letter from Te Peeti Te Awe Awe, Chief of the Rangitane tribe, to Sir George Grey (”Friend Governor Grey”) asking him to publish another letter [not present] in the Parliament House in Wellington, so that “those who make laws for all the Colony [may] carefully look into the points in that letter from your Tribe”. 1 page covering letter in Maori, 8 x 5 inches, with a separate English translation, in excellent condition. Annotated by an early collector: “Letter from a great Rangitanee, i.e a Maori Chief, given me by Sir George Grey, lately Governor of NZ. Wellington Sept 20/75.” Tiakitahuna, Manawatu, 13 September 1875. Te Peeti Te Aweawe (c. 1820 – 1884) was a New Zealand tribal leader. Of M ori descent, he identified with the Rangit ne iwi. He was instrumental in the sale of Palmerston North district to the government in 1865. Sir George Grey (1812-1898) was influential figure during the European settlement of New Zealand. Governor of New Zealand initially from 1845 to 1853, he established peace and became a pioneer scholar of the M ori culture, writing a study of their mythology and oral history. Grey was again appointed Governor of New Zealand in 1861, following the granting of a degree of self-governance to New Zealand, serving until 1868. He was appointed as Premier in 1877, in which capacity he served until 1879.