Story: Rural language

A futtah on a sheep station

A futtah on a sheep station

A futtah or whata (raised storehouse) stands between the homestead (right) and another dwelling on Mesopotamia Station in South Canterbury in 1871. Māori used whata to protect food from rodents. European settlers followed their example, and adopted their word, spelling it as futtah.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
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Dianne Bardsley, 'Rural language - Māori influences', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 February 2023)

Story by Dianne Bardsley, published 24 Nov 2008