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Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z.

The Poverty Bay-East Coast Tribes

The Poverty Bay-East Coast Tribes

The Maori leaders in Poverty Bay and on the East Coast are now engaged upon the task of elucidating (if possible) the problem concerning the identity of all of the canoes which, prior to the arrival of Horouta and Takitimu, brought migrants who settled in these parts. In each locality some information has been handed down, but, in a number of cases, the name of the canoe which brought pioneer ancestors from whom descent is claimed is not known for certain. It is of especial interest that Sir A. T. Ngata, who is to-day the foremost authority on the subject, is taking a prominent part in the investigations.