Volume 12 1903 > Volume 12, No.1, March 1903 > Front matter and Contents, p i-xvi
                                                                                             Previous | Next   

- i
Vol. XII. 1903.
WELLINGTON, N.Z.: PRINTED FOR THE SOCIETY BY WHITCOMBE AND TOMBS LIMITED, LAMBTON QUAY. 1903. Reprinted with the permission of The Polynesian Society JOHNSON REPRINT CORPORATION 111 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10003 JOHNSON REPRINT COMPANY LTD. Berkeley Square House, London, W.1.
- ii



First reprinting, 1967, Johnson Reprint Corporation

Printed in the United States of America

- iii
    No. 45.—March, 1903.
  • PAGE
  • Polynesian Society—
  • Officers and Constitution v.
  • Roll of Members vii.
  • List of Exchanges xi.
  • Minutes of Annual Meeting xiii.
  • Annual Report of the Council xiii.
  • Balance Sheet xv.
  • Niuē Island and its People. By S. Percy Smith. Part IV. 1
  • Appendix: The Traditions of Niuē-Fekai 22
  • Notes on the Art of War, as conducted by the Maori of New Zealand. By Elsdon Best. Part V. 32
  • The Whence of the Maori. By Lieut.-Col. Gudgeon, C.M.G. Part III. 51
  • Transactions and Proceedings of the Society 62
    No. 46.—June, 1903.
  • Notes on the Art of War. Part VI. 65
  • The Traditions of Niuē-Fekai (continued) 85
  • The Whence of the Maori (continued) 120
  • Notes and Queries: 161 The Place of Departed Spirits; 162 Tree-felling with the Stone Axe 131
  • Transactions and Proceedings of the Society 132
    No. 47.—September, 1903.
  • The Aitutaki Version of the Song of Iro. Translated by J. T. Large 133
  • Te Autara i a Iro. Na Iseraela-tama 140
  • Notes on the Art of War. Part VII. 145
  • The Whence of the Maori. Part IV. 166
  • Mysterious Relics. By Joshua Rutland 180
  • The Making and Unmaking of Man. A Legend of Fiji. By E. Tregear 182
  • Who Discovered Tahiti? By George Collingridge 184
  • A New Maori Dictionary 187
  • Notes and Queries: 163 The Fire-walking Ceremony; 164 Professor A. Agassiz's Expedition to the Pacific 191
  • Transactions and Proceedings of the Society 192
    No. 48.—December, 1903.
  • Notes on the Art of War. Part VIII. 193
  • Arai-te-Tonga, the Ancient Marae at Rarotonga. S. Percy Smith 218
  • Some Paumotu Chants. Translated by C. Garbutt. By S. Percy Smith 221
  • A Maori Ceremonial Comb. By S. Percy Smth Inset facing 242
  • Notes and Queries: 165 The Karaka Tree; 166 The Kotaha, or Sling-spear; 167 Mysterious Stones 243
  • Transactions and Proceedings of the Society 244

- iv Page is blank

- v


E. Tregear, F.R. Hst. S.


  • S. Percy Smith, F.R.G.S.
  • M. Fraser.
  • W. L. Newman.
  • W. H. Skinner.
  • W. Kerr.
  • F. P. Corkill.

Joint Hon. Secretaries and Treasurers, and Editors of Journal:

S. Percy Smith and W. H. Skinner.

THE Society is formed to promote the study of the Anthropology, Ethnology, Philology, History and Antiquities of the Polynesian races, by the publication of an official journal, to be called “The Journal of the Polynesian Society,” and by the collection of books, manuscripts, photographs, relics, and other illustrations of the history of the Polynesian race.

The term “Polynesia” is intended to include Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Malaysia, as well as Polynesian proper.

Candidates for admission to the Society shall be admitted on the joint recommendation of a member of the Society and a member of the Council, and on the approval of the Council.

Every person elected to membership shall receive immediate notice of the same from the Secretaries, and shall receive a copy of the rules; and on payment of his subscription of one pound shall be entitled to all the benefits of membership. Subscriptions are payable in advance, on the 1st January of each year, or on election.

Papers will be received on any of the above subjects if sent through a member. Authors are requested to write only on one side of the paper, to use quarto paper, and to leave one inch margin on the left-hand side, to allow of binding. Proper names should be written in ROMAN TYPE.

The office of the Society is at present at NEW PLYMOUTH, New Zealand.

The price of back numbers of the Journal, to members, is 2s. 6d.

Vols. i, ii, iii, and iv are out of print.

Members and exchanges are requested to note the change in the Society's Office from Wellington to New Plymouth, to which all communications, books, exchanges, &c., should be sent, addressed to the Hon. Secretaries.

- vi Page is blank

- vii
as at 1st January, 1903.

The sign * before a name indicates an original member or founder.

As this list will be published annually, the Secretaries would feel obliged if members will supply any omissions, or notify change of residence.

  • Liliuokalani, ex-Queen of Hawaii, Honolulu, Sandwich Islands
  • Rev. R. H. Codrington, D.D., Wadhurst Rectory, Sussex, England
  • Rev. Prof. A. H. Sayce, M.A., Queen's College, Oxford, England
  • Hon. Sir J. G. Ward, K.C.M.G., M.H.R., Wellington, N.Z.
  • Sir James Hector, K.C.M.G., F.R.S., Wellington, N.Z.
  • Professor H. H. Giglioli, Florence, Italy
  • H. G. Seth-Smith, M.A., Auckland, N.Z.
  • Prof. Otis T. Mason, A.M., Ph.D., Smithsonian Institution, National Museum Washington, U.S.A.
  • Rev. T. G. Hammond, Patea, Taranaki, N.Z.
  • W. Te Kahui Kararehe, Rahotu, Taranaki, N.Z.
  • Te One Rene Rawiri Te Mamaru, Moeraki, Otago, N.Z.
  • Rev. Mohi Turei, Waiapu, N.Z.
  • Takaanui Tarakawa, Te Puke, Maketu, N.Z.
  • Karipa Te Whetu, Whangarae, Croixelles, Nelson, N.Z.
  • Tiwai Paraone, Miranda, Auckland, N.Z.
  • Aporo Te Kumeroa, Greytown, N.Z.
  • F. W. Christian, Tenterfield House, Putney Hill, London, S.W.
  • Hare Hongi, Hawera, N.Z.
  • Wiremu Kauika, Waitotara N.Z.
  • Tati Salmon, Papara, Tahiti.
  • Pa-ariki, Ngatangiia, Rarotonga.
  • Rev. J. E. Moultan, Nukualofa, Tonga Island.
  • Churchill, W., 165, Rodney Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A.
  • * Adams, C. W., Survey Office, Blenheim, N.Z.
  • * Alexander, Dr. E. W., F.R.G.S., Dunedin, N.Z.
  • * Alexander, Hon. W. D., F.R.G.S., Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands
  • Aldred, W. A., Timaru, N.Z.
  • Aitken, J. G. W., M.H.R., Wellington, N.Z.
  • Atkinson, W. E., Whanganui, N.Z.
  • * Broderick, T. N., Timaru, N.Z.
  • * Birch, W. J., Marton, N.Z.
  • * Blair, J. R., Terrace, Wellington, N.Z.
  • * Barron, A., Land for Settlement Department, Wellington, N.Z.
  • * Best, Elsdon, Rua-tahuna, Rotorua, N.Z.
  • * Bishop, Hon. C. R., Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands
  • Buller, Sir W. L., K.C.M.G., F.R.S., Terrace, Wellington, N.Z.
  • Bate, A. T., Wellington, N.Z.
  • Battley, R. T., Moawhango, N.Z.
  • Bamford, E., Auckland, N.Z.
  • Benn, H. R., Galatea, Rotorua, N.Z.
  • Buchanan, W. C., M.H.R., Carterton, N.Z.
  • - viii
  • Burnett, Frank, Vancouver
  • Brown, Rev. C. Crisp, Te Ngae, Rotorua, N.Z.
  • Bennett, Rev. F. A., Bell Block, New Plymouth, N.Z.
  • British and Foreign Bible Society, 114, Queen Victoria Street, London, E.C.
  • Browne, A. H., Rarotonga
  • Bleazard, Rev. Colin, West Maitland, N.S.W.
  • Bell, Peter, Whanganui, N.Z.
  • Baeyertz, C. N., The Octagon, Dunedin, N.Z.
  • Brown, Mrs. J., Brown, Kohimarama, Auckland
  • * Chapman, F. R., Dunedin, N.Z.
  • * Carroll, A., M.A., M.D., Denbeigh Ho., Koogarrah, Sydney, N.S.W.
  • * Carkeek, Morgan, Otaki, N.Z.
  • Claxton, Rev. A. E., Chung King, Hankow, China
  • Chambers, W. K., Repongaere, Gisborne, N.Z.
  • Carter, H. C., 475, West, 1st and 3rd Street, New York
  • Comins, Archdeacon R. Blundell, Norfolk Island
  • Chapman, M., Wellington, N.Z.
  • Cooper, Rev. E. V., Leone, Tutuila, Samoa
  • Caddick, Miss H., c/o A. Caddick, Esq., Glenfield, Sutton Coalfield, England
  • Cooper, His Honour Theo., Wellington, N.Z.
  • Castle, G. P., Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands
  • Compton, Rev. A. W. H., Opunake, N.Z.
  • Cooke, J. P., Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Coates, J., Wellington, N.Z.
  • Corkill, F. P., New Plymouth, N.Z.
  • Christian, Eugene, 177, Duane Street, New York.
  • Clarke, A. E. A., New Plymouth, N.Z.
  • Cowan, Jas., “Star” Office, Auckland
  • Clark, Patrick, c/o Wilkie & Co., Dunedin, N.Z.
  • Chatterton, Rev. F. W., Te Rau, Gisborne
  • * Denniston, His Honour J. E., Christchurch, N.Z.
  • Davies, Henry, Napier, N.Z.
  • Dulau & Co., 37, Soho Square, London
  • Drummond, James, “Lyttelton Times” Office, Chiristchurch, N.Z.
  • Donne, T. E., Tourist Department, Wellington, N.Z.
  • * Emerson, J. S., Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands
  • Emerson, Dr. N. B., Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands
  • Ewen, C. A., Wellington, N.Z.
  • Edger, F. H., Judge N.L.C., Auckland, N.Z.
  • * Fraser, J., LL.D., West Maitland, N.S.W.
  • * Fraser, D., Bulls, Rangitikei, Wellington, N.Z.
  • Friedlander, R., Carlstrasse 11 Berlin, N.W.
  • Friedlaender, Dr. B., Regenten Strasse 8, Berlin, W.
  • Fletcher, Rev. H. J., Taupo, N.Z.
  • Forbes, E. J., 8, Spring Street, Sydney, N.S.W.
  • Fraser, M., New Plymouth, N.Z.,
  • Fisher, T. W., New Plymouth, N.Z.
  • Frear, Judge, W. F., Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Frith, John F., Survey Office, New Plymouth.
  • * Grace, L. M., N.L.P. Dept., Government Buildings, Wellington, N.Z.
  • * Gudgeon, Lieut.-Col. W. E., C.M.G., British Resident, Rarotonga
  • Gordon, H. A., F.G.S., Auckland, N.Z.
  • Gully, H. V., Nelson, N.Z.
  • Gurr, E. W., Chief Judge, Pangopango, Samoa.
  • Gill, W. H., Kobe, Japan.
  • Graham, Geo., c/o Wynyard & Purchas, Auckland, N.Z.
  • Haddon, A. C., D Sc., F.R.S., Inisfail, Hills Road, Cambridge, England
  • * Hursthouse, C. W., Roads Department, Wellington, N.Z.
  • * Hocken, Dr. T. M., F.L.S., Dunedin, N.Z.
  • * Hamilton, A., Otago University, Dunedin, N.Z.
  • - ix
  • Henry, Miss Teuira, Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands
  • Harding, R. Coupland, Wellington, N.Z.
  • Harris, Christopher, Wyndham St., Auckland, N.Z.
  • Harper, W. R., Holden St., Ashfield, Sydney, N.S.W.
  • Hutchin, Rev. J. J. K., (of Rarotonga), 3, Audley Villa, Saffron Walden, Kent, England.
  • Hastie, Miss J. A., 11, Ashburn Place, Cromwell Road, London
  • Hutton, Capt. F. W., F.R.S., Christchurch, N.Z.
  • Hughes, R. C., New Plymouth, N.Z.
  • Hoby, A., Wellington, N.Z.
  • Iorns, William, Masterton, N.Z.,
  • * Johnston, Dr. D. G., Carterton, N.Z.
  • * Johnson, H. Dunbar, Judge N.L. Court, Auckland, N.Z.
  • Jollie, Mrs., Edinboro Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, N.Z.
  • * Kenny, Hon. C. W. A. T., M.L.C., Picton, N.Z.
  • * Kensington, W. C., Survey Department, Wellington, N.Z.
  • Kühl, W. H., W - Jäger Strasse, 73, Berlin
  • King, John, Gisborne, N.Z.
  • Kerr, W., New Plymouth, N.Z.
  • Kelly, Hon. T., M.L.C., New Plymouth, N.Z.
  • * Lawrence, Rev. W. N., Aitutaki Island, Rarotonga
  • * Large, J. T., Aitutaki Island, Rarotonga
  • * Laing, R. M., M.A., High School, Christchurch, N.Z.
  • Leggatt, Rev. T. W. Watt, Malikula, New Hebrides
  • Lambert, H. A., Tane, Pahiatua, N.Z.
  • Leslie, G., Government Buildings, Wellington, N.Z.
  • Lethbridge, F. Y., M.H.R., Feilding, N.Z.
  • * Marshall, W S., Pemberton, Wellington, N.Z.
  • * Moss, F. J., c/o E. B. Moss, Paeroa, Auckland, N.Z.
  • * Morpeth, W. T., Survey Department, New Plymouth, N.Z.
  • * Major, C. E., M.H.R., Hawera, N.Z.
  • * MacDonald, Rev. Dr. D., Efate, New Hebrides
  • * Mackay, A., Judge N.L.C., Wellington, N.Z.
  • Mitchell, F. J., Home Rule, Mudgee, N.S.W.
  • McArthur, J. P., McArthur & Co., 79, York Street, Sydney, N.S.W.
  • Mackay, Captain A. W., Bathurst, N.S.W.
  • March, H. Colley, M.D., F.S.A., Portesham, Dorchester, England
  • Mair, Captain G. W., F.L.S., Thames, N.Z.
  • Maginnis, Craig, 29, Caerwys, Putney Common, Putney, London, S.W.
  • McCullock, W. F., Fairmount Park, Hawthorne, Victoria
  • Marshall, J. W., Marton, N.Z.
  • Marshall, H. H., Marton, N.Z.
  • McNab, R., M.H.R., Gore, N.Z.
  • Maunsell, R., Masterton, N.Z.
  • Maclaurin, Professor, Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z.
  • Martin, Josiah, F.G.S., Auckland, N.Z.
  • Mackintosh, Rev. A., Honolulu, Hawaii
  • McIntosh, D. T., Res. Eng., Whanganui
  • * Nelson, C. E., Rotorua, Auckland, N.Z.
  • Nathan, D. J., Wellington, N.Z.
  • Newell, Rev. J. E., Malua, Samoa.
  • Nairn, F. E., Hastings, H.B., N.Z.
  • Ngata, A. T., M.A., LL.B., Te Aute College, Hawke's Bay, N.Z.
  • Newman, E., Cheltenham, England
  • Newman, W. L., New Plymouth, N.Z.
  • Oahu College, Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands
  • * Phillips, Coleman, Featherston, N.Z.
  • * Pope, J. H., Education Department, Wellington, N.Z.
  • - x
  • Pratt, T., M.H.R., Waikouaiti, Otago, N.Z.
  • Pritt, Archdeacon, F. G., Gairlock, Brisbane, Queensland
  • Partington, J. Edge, F.R.G.S., British Museum, London, England
  • Pomare, Dr. M. H. P. N., Health Department, Wellington, N.Z.
  • Parker, J. H., New Plymouth.
  • * Rutland, Joshua, Canvastown, Marlborough, N.Z.
  • * Roy, R. B., Taita, Wellington, N.Z.
  • Redwood, J. H., Blenheim, N.Z.
  • Reweti, Ru, Whanganui, N.Z.
  • Roy, J. B., New Plymouth, N.Z.
  • * Smith, W. W., F.E.S., Ashburton, Canterbury, N.Z.
  • * Shand, A., Chatham Islands
  • * Smith, F. S., Gisborne, N.Z.
  • * Smith, M. C., Survey Department, Wellington, N.Z.
  • * Smith, S. Percy, F.R.G.S., New Plymouth, N.Z.
  • * Stout, Hon. Sir R., K.C.M.G., Chief Justice, Wellington, N.Z.
  • * Skinner, W. H., Survey Department, New Plymouth, N.Z.
  • Saxton, Henry Waring, F.L.S., New Plymouth, N.Z.
  • Scannell, D., Judge N.L.C., Auckland, N.Z.
  • Smith, T. H., Grafton Road, Auckland, N.Z.
  • Scott, Prof. J. H., M.D., F.R.S.E., Otago University, Dunedin, N.Z.
  • Stainton, W., Wairima, Pahiatua, N.Z.
  • Smith, Hon. W. O., Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands
  • Spencer, W. E., New Plymouth, N.Z.
  • * Tregear, E., F.R.Hist.S., Wellington, N.Z.
  • * Testa, F. J., Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands
  • Turnbull, A. H., Bowen Street, Wellington, N.Z.
  • Tinline, J., Nelson, N.Z.
  • Turner, G. D., 97, George Street, Dunedin, N.Z.
  • * Webster, J., Hokianga, N.Z.
  • * Wilkinson, G. T., Otorohanga, Auckland, N.Z.
  • * Wheeler, W. J., Whanganui, N.Z.
  • * Weetman, S., F.R.G.S., c/o Bank of N.Z., 1 Queen Victoria Street, London
  • * Williams, Right Rev. W. L., B.A., Bishop of Waiapu, Napier, N.Z.
  • * Wright, A. B., Survey Department, Auckland, N.Z.
  • Williams, Rev. H. W., Gisborne, N.Z.
  • Williams, J. N., Frimley, Hastings, Hawke's Bay, N.Z.
  • White, Taylor, Wimbledon, Hawke's Bay, N.Z.
  • Wilson, A., Survey Office, Auckland, N.Z.
  • Wilcox, Hon. G. N., Kauai, Hawaiian Islands
  • Watt, Rev. W., Tanna, New Hebrides
  • Williams, F. W., Napier, N,Z.
  • Wallis, F., Right Rev., Bishop of Wellington, N.Z.
  • Whitney, James L., Public Library, Dartmouth, Boston, U.S.A.
  • Wilkinson, Percy, R., c/o. Climie & Fairhall, Hawera, N.Z.
  • Woodworth, W. McM., Museum Comp. Zoology, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.
  • Webster, W. D., New Plymouth, N.Z.
  • * Young, J. L., c/o Henderson & Macfarlane, Auckland, N.Z.
- xi

THE following is the list of Societies, &c., &c., to which the Journal is sent, and from most of which we receive exchanges. There is a tacit understanding that several Public Institutions are to receive our productions free, so long as the New Zealand Government allows our correspondence, &c., to go free by post.

  • Agent-General of New Zealand, 13 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, S. W.
  • Anthropologische Gesellschraft, Vienna, Austria.
  • Anthropologie, Société d', Paris.
  • Anthropologia, Museo Zoologica, Florence, Italy.
  • Anthropological Society of Australia, c/o Board of International Exchanges Sydney.
  • Anthropological Institute of Great Britain, 3 Hanover Square, London, W.
  • Anthropologie, École d', 15 Rue Ecole de Medicin, Paris.
  • Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, University, Sydney.
  • Aute (Te) Students Association, The College, Te Aute, Hawke's Bay, N.Z.
  • Bataviaasch Genootschap, Batavia, Java.
  • Buddhist Text Society, 86/2 Jaun Bazaar Street, Calcutta.
  • Blenheim Literary Institute, Blenheim, N.Z.
  • Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington.
  • Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, H.I.
  • Canadian Institute, 46 Richmond Street East, Toronto.
  • Cambridge Philosophical Society, Cambridge, England.
  • Faculté des Sciences de Marseilles, Marseilles, France.
  • General Assembly Library, Wellington, N.Z.
  • Géographie, Société de, de Paris, Boulvard St. Germain 184, Paris.
  • Historical Society, Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands.
  • Institute, The Auckland, Museum, Auckland, N.Z.
  • Institute, The Philosophical, Christchurch, N.Z.
  • Institute, The Philosophical, Wellington, N.Z.
  • Institute, The Otago, Dunedin, N.Z.
  • Japan Society, 20 Hanover Square, London, W.
  • Kongl, Vitterhets Historie och Antiqvitete Akademen, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Literary and Historical Society, Quebec, Canada.
  • Luzac & Co., publishers of Oriental Text, 46 Great Russell St., London, W.C.
  • Museum, Christchurch.
  • Museum, The Australasian, Sydney.
  • Minister of Education, Wellington.
  • Minister, Right Hon. the Premier, Wellington.
  • Minister, Hon. The Colonial Secretary, Wellington.
  • Na Mata, Editor, Suva, Fiji.
  • New York Public Library, c/o Stevens & Brown, 4 Trafalgar Square, London W.C.
  • Public Library, New Plymouth, N.Z.
  • Public Library, Auckland.
  • Public Library, Wellington.
  • Public Library, Melbourne.
  • Public Library, Sydney.
  • Peet, Rev. S. D., Ph.D., Editor of “The American Antiquarian,” Chicago.
  • Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, U.S.A.
- xii
  • Reading Room, Rotorua, N.Z.
  • Royal Geographical Society, 1 Saville Row, London.
  • Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, Brisbane.
  • Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, c/o G. Collingridge, Waronga, N.S.W
  • Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, 70 Queen Street, Melbourne.
  • Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, Adelaide.
  • Royal Society, Burlington House, London.
  • Royal Society of New South Wales, 5 Elizabeth Street, Sydney.
  • Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal, 87 Park Street, Calcutta.
  • Royal Colonial Institute, Northumberland Avenue, London.
  • Real Academia de Ciencias y Artes, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington.
  • Société Neuchateloise de Géographic, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
  • Secretary, General Post Office, Wellington.
  • Secretary (Under) Colonial Secretary's Department, Wellington.
  • Secretary (Under) Justice (Native), Wellington.
  • Wisconsin Academy of Science and Arts, Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
- xiii
Held at New Plymouth, New Zealand, January 27th, 1903.

IN the absence of the President, who telegraphed to say that business prevented his attendance, Mr. William Kerr, a member of the Council, presided.

The minutes of the last two annual meetings were read and confirmed, as was also the annual report and accounts for the year 1902, which will be found below.

The following officers were re-elected for the ensuing year:—President, Mr. Edward Tregear; Council, Messrs. William Kerr, F. P. Corkill, and W. L. Newman; and Mr. H. W. Saxton was re-elected Auditor.

The following new members were also elected:—

  • 350. J. B. Roy, New Plymouth.
  • 351. Rev. F. W. Chatterton, Te Rau, Gisborne.
Presented to the Annual Meeting of the Society, January 27th, 1903, in terms of Rule No. 31.

IN presenting its Eleventh Annual Report, the Council has pleasure in drawing attention to the fact that the work for which the Society was formed continues to be carried on with success. The main object we have always had in view has been the preservation of original matter relating to the Polynesian race, and also to afford members a medium, in the Journal, of recording the results of their studies and experience. In this respect we can claim to have fulfilled the anticipations of our founders. The full value of the matter collected will, how ever, be more appreciated as time goes on, and when the original sources from which information can be collected have disappeared, together with the old people of both the native and European races.

It is with much regret we have to record the loss by death of several members, some of whom were founders of the Society. In no previous period have our numbers so decreased through this source. The Right Rev. Dr. Cowie, and Messrs. A. S. Atkinson, F. Arthur Jackson, N. J. Tone, and D. C. Wilson, were all original members, and Mr. Tone was, for some time, one of our Hon. Secretaries. In addition, we lost Mr. F. F. Watt, of Rotorua. Out of the original 112 members who founded the Society in 1892, there are now only 57 on the roll, the rest having either died, resigned, or been struck off.

On January 1st, 1903, our membership stood as follows:—

Ordinary members 176
Life members 6
Honorary members 7
Corresponding members 16
- xiv

The total for last year was 216.

The eleventh volume of the Journal, containing our Transactions and Proceedings, has been issued in quarterly parts with more punctuality than heretofore. It is somewhat larger than the ten previous volumes, and contains more illustrations.

Our financial position is fairly good, but the Council has still to regret the number of members in arrear with their subscriptions. They are, however, some-what less than last year, the numbers being—28 members in arrear for one year, and 15 in arrear for two years. At the end of 1901 we had a balance in hand of £44 14s. 2d., against which there were liabilities of about an equal amount. The sum received during the year was £174 15s. 8d., and the amounts paid £183 18s. ld., leaving a balance of £35 11s. 9d., out of which the Council has authorised a refund of £10 to Capital Account in repayment of part of the Micronesian Vocabulary Loan.2 The Capital Account on December 31st, 1903, stood at £70 19s 6d.

S. PERCY SMITH, Hon. Secretaries.
W. H. SKINNER, Hon. Secretaries.
- xv

- xvi Page is blank

1  The two new members elected at the annual meeting makes the number 207.
2  This has since been paid to Capital Account.