[Proceedings of some conferences held by Te Aute College Students' Association, 1897-1901, 1906]
That in consequence of the inevitable tendency to replace the ancient picturesque Maori whare by a type of building that has no pretensions to picturesqueness, thereby losing one of the interesting features of old Maori architecture, this Conference propose that a committee be formed for the purpose of considering and devising some type of inexpensive house which shall, while meeting modern requirements, also have regard to artistic taste.
That such committee consist of Mr. A. T. Ngata, M.H.R., Dr. Pomare, and Messrs. Hamilton and F. J. De Clere (both of Wellington, if willing to act), with power to add to their number, Mr. A. T. Ngata to be convener.
That when a satisfactory plan (or plans) has been arrived at, steps be taken to make all particulars concerning it widely known among the Maori people.