A handwritten letter written on the front of an envelope. The letter was sent anonymously to 'Postmaster, Box 100, Waitara New Zealand' from Portland, Oregon, postmarked on 5 September 1984. The letter contained a standard greenstone souvenir tiki, and explained "We are sending this tiki back to your country because we have had nothing but bad luck since we received it. Please accept it and keep it in your country. We don't think it was ever blessed". Waitara Postmaster, Bob Tweedie, deposited the tiki and letter to the Taranaki Museum.
Also included with the letter is the original envelope containing the tiki and letter; and a Taranaki Herald newspaper cutting from 12 October 1984 featuring the story and a photograph of Ron Lambert holding the letter.
See record A83.470 for Hei-tiki deposited with the letter.
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Newspaper cutting. Taranaki Herald, 12 October 1984. 'Tiki 'brought bad luck''.
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