Printed Version of He W[h]akaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tirene, 1837
In 1836, sixty copies of He Whakaputanga were produced by William Colenso on the CMS press at Paihia at the request of James Busby; they were circulated urgently in order to diffuse a flare-up between missionaries and traders in the Hokianga. In April 1837 Colenso printed a second edition of one hundred copies. This is the version displayed above.
In preparing the text for printing, Colenso standardised the spelling of English words transliterated into Māori, and inserted additional punctuation. Hapū information not recorded on the original document has also been added.
34 rangatira signed the original document on 28 October 1835. The printed version records 31 of them – Waikato, Te Peha and Hone Wiremu Heke Pokai are not recorded. Busby deliberately left Waikato’s name off the printed copy due to his involvement in a conflict at Waitangi, but it is not known why the others are not recorded.
A further 18 rangatira signed the original document between 29 October 1835 – 22 July 1839. Six of these names are recorded on the printed copy.
You can view the original, signed document here: www.flickr.com/photos/archivesnz/10430000633/in/album-721...
Archives Reference: ZZZZ 6249 W5243 Box1
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