English-born Richard (Dicky) Barrett learned to speak Māori by trading in the Pacific and marrying into the Te Āti Awa tribe. In 1839 the New Zealand Company engaged him as a translator to help them negotiate the sale of land for settlement at Port Nicholson (later Wellington), Queen Charlotte Sound and Taranaki. However, the legality of these land claims, and Barrett's translating abilities, were later questioned. In 1843 he was challenged in the Court of Lands Claims by 20-year-old George Clarke Junior, who had learned Māori as a child.
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