HE PITO WHAKAATU I TE NOHO A TE MĀORI I TE TAIRĀWHITI / SCENES OF MĀORI LIFE ON THE EAST COAST

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Apirana Ngata, Member of Parliament for Eastern Māori, was keen for the museum group to visit the East Coast to obtain records of his people of Ngāti Porou. In March 1923 the expedition, which included Te Rangi Hiroa (Sir Peter Buck), James McDonald, Elsdon Best and Johannes Andersen, set out for the Ngata homestead at Waiomatatini which was to be their base.

He tino taonga tēnei mō ngā iwi o Ngāti Porou kia mau i ngā āhua me ngā ritenga o ngā wā ō mua.

From Waiomatatini visits were made to Whareponga, Kahukura, Rangitukia, Te Araroa, Ruatoria and other parts of the district. MacDonald recorded on film traditional skills retained in the area for making fishnets and traps, methods of netting and catching fish, weaving, hand games and music making. Also shown is the digging and storing of kūmara and cooking food in a hāngī.

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Year 1923

Reference number F2815

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Actuality

Duration 0:27:18

Production company Dominion Museum

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Taonga Māori Collection Yes

Credits Photographer: James McDonald