This 1894 letter from King Tāwhiao to Sir George Grey is sealed with red wax bearing the imprint of the Māori king's personal seal, which had belonged to his father, Pōtatau. The seal held considerable symbolic significance for the Kīngitanga and when one of his followers, Kerei Kaihau of Waiuku, attempted to use it, Tāwhiao wrote furious letters from his throne at Maungakawa demanding that Kaihau 'deliver up the seal of Potatau' (Timaru Herald, 26 June 1894, p. 3).
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