John Pearse painted this watercolour of a race meeting held on the Ruamāhanga River plain, Wairarapa, in 1852. Māori participated enthusiastically in races during the 1850s, entering horses, acting as stewards or simply attending as spectators.
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Alexander Turnbull Library
Watercolour by John Pearse
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