More than 75 years ago Shoghi Effendi sent this cable to Margaret Stevenson :
14 March 1932
Stevenson, 3 Cowie Road, Parnell, Auckland
INFORM BERTRAM DEWING ENSURE PROMPT TRANSLATION ESSLEMONTS BOOK MAORI
The above was one of four cables the Guardian sent out on that day requesting translation of Esslements book. The other languages were Greek, Hungarian, Czech, Rumanian, English Braille and Burmese. Unlike Maori, they were completed within a few years of the request.
Well, the great news is that they finally did it!
I congratulate the NSA of New Zealand in this monumental achievement. Now, I know some of you will be quick to jump on this and criticise the NSA for shirking direct instructions from the then Head of the Faith. You’re so predictable!
Did you ever think that maybe someone misplaced the pen at the Baha’i National Office in Auckland?
No, I didn’t think so.