The current sorting of archives at the museum is turning up some interesting items. One is a letter from January 1886 written in Maori by Wereta Pineaha. We have had it translated and it says:
Motuiti January 26 1886
I, Wereta Pineaha agree to give this horse for the iwi. Raha is not the person to take the horse, the horse is for the iwi.
Motuiti is near Foxton and the only information we have with regards to Wereta Pineaha was his election to the Maori Council in Otaki in March 1901.
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