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)
Reference: MNZ-0386-1/4; F
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