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NOTES AND QUERIES.

[78] Mr. Stair's “Early Samoan Voyages.”

I wish to call attention to the name Rika-langi, No. 66 in the Samoan genealogy given in Mr. Stair's paper, vol. iv, p. 123, of this Journal. At my request Mr. Stair carefully scrutinised the original MS., and now informs me that the name should undoubtedly be Rua-langi. The importance of this correction in connexion with Raulu will be obvious to Maori genealogists.—S. Percy Smith.

[79] Maori Relics.

I have recently been informed by Mr. F. Thomas, of Canvastown, that about thirty years ago, while ploughing on his grandfather's farm in Waimea West, Nelson, he turned out a greenstone image, about eight or nine inches high, representing a man in full: the hands being crossed on the stomach, which protruded unnaturally. Having resided several years close to Mr. Thomas' land, I know the locality well: it is the great centre of the “Maori Holes” described in vol. iv. of this Journal. On an adjoining section there, were, at the time referred to, the remains of a very strongly entrenched pa, and at a short distance lines of pit-like artificial depressions, that looked like the remains of a village. The greenstone image was given to the late Mr. Higgin by Mr. Thomas' father in payment for surveying. According to tradition a greenstone image larger than that discovered by Mr. Thomas is buried somewhere in the vicinity of the Tory Channel beacons. I deem it advisable to call attention to these relics; the differences between the stone implements of the Pelorus and stone implements found in the Waikato Valley showing how important it is to preserve a knowledge of the exact locality where relics have been obtained. There is abundant evidence of the Middle Island having at some period had a much larger population than Captain Cook found in it. The only means of ascertaining anything trustworthy regarding that period, is to bring together every trace of human occupation that can now be obtained.—Jos. Rutland.

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