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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 9 (April 1, 1931)

U.S.A. and the Maori

U.S.A. and the Maori.

Our American visitors in the luxurious liner “Malolo” were pleased with us, it was pleasing to hear, and they particularly admired Wellington Harbour, which was very nice of them. But one passenger was very disappointed at seeing no Maoris while he was motoring around the Capital City; at least he saw one native, but he was dressed just like anyone else. This is a frequent complaint, or rather comment, by overseas visitors. They have seen so much of the poster and illustrated-annual type of Maori, all in his primitive glory, that it comes as a kind of shock to find that the ancient race has discarded all the warlike fixings, in ordinary life, and wears high collars and often plus fours—and drives his motor car and talks quite polished English. The tourist makes the mistake, quite naturally, of accepting the poi-girl haka-warrior Maori of entertainment occasions at Rotorua as typical of the race throughout the country.