DIARY OF WIREMU TOETOE
TUMOHE AND TE HEMARA
We are pleased to offer our readers a manuscript of great interest to students of Maori history and language. It is a diary kept by Wiremu Toetoe Tumohe and Te Hemara Rerehau who went to Europe on board the Austrian frigate “Novara” with Dr Hochstetter. They spent from September 1859 to May 1860 in Vienna, learning the printing trade at the Imperial Printing Press.
They were introduced to the Emperor. The Archduke Maximilian showed them all over the city and on parting asked what they would like as a present. They asked for a printing press and types, which were later sent to New Zealand and used by the Maori King to print the paper called “Te Hokioi”.