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Lore and history of the South Island Maori

A Present Day Chief of the Ngai Tahu

Riki Te Mairaki Taiaroa Of Taumutu.

A Present Day Chief of the Ngai Tahu.

A son of the late Hon. H. K. Taiaroa, and a grandson of Matenga (Fighting) Taiaroa.

Photographed in 1932 wearing mat found at Dusky Sound by the late Captain Fairchild of the New Zealand Government Ship "Hinemoa". Allegedly a relic of the lost hapu of Ngati Mamoe. The mat found in Bligh Sound by Captain Howell in 1842, was one decorated with kiwi feathers and in 1862 was held by Maoris at Otaki. The mat shown in the illustration is of exquisite design, and is now possessed by the Canterbury Museum.