Alerted to the fact that it was possible the rusting components could be from a printing press used by early missionaries based at Takamoa, Mataio said it appeared his predecessors hadn’t been much interested in the intriguing old parts.
“When I came on the scene in 2005, there was therefore not much (information) for me to understand the history of some of these things,” the former Agriculture secretary said.
“I did get the impression just by looking back then that the parts must belong to a printer used by the church before or after 1900. But there wasn’t much historic information for me and I suppose for others before me, to be able to appreciate its value and therefore try to do the right thing by having it displayed in our little gallery downstairs, for example.”
Mataio now plans to research the mystery components, and anyone with information that might help is welcome to contact him on 26547.