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THE JOURNAL OF THE POLYNESIAN SOCIETY.
CONTAINING THE TRANSACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY.
VOL. XVI. 1907.
New Plymouth, N.Z.: Printed for the Society by Thomas Avery, Devon Street. (The March number by Whitcombe and Tombs, Wellington.) 1907. 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
First reprinting, 1967, Johnson Reprint Corporation
Printed in the United States of America
CONTENTS OF VOL. XVI.
No. 61.—March, 1907.
- Constitution, List of Officers, Members and Exchanges of the Society i-vii.
- Annual Meeting, Report and Accounts of the Council viii-xi
- The Lore of the Whare-Kohanga. Part V. By Elsdon Best 1
- Maori Wars. By Lieut-Col. Gudgeon, C.M.G. 13
- An Ancient Maori Poem. By Tuhoto-Ariki 43
- Notes and Queries 61
No. 62.—June, 1907.
- The Tohunga Maori. By Lieut-Col. Gudgeon, C.M.G. 63
- On the Use of Birds in Navigation. By Taylor White 92
- Maori Numeration. By Elsdon Best. 94
- The Kaheru. By W. H. Skinner 99
- Tahitian Astronomy. Communicated by Miss Teuira Henry 101
- Hawaiian Folk Tales 105
- Notes and Queries 106
- Transactions and Proceedings of the Society 107
No. 63.—September, 1907.
- A Maori Cosmogony 109
- A Maori Cosmogony—Translation by Hare Hongi 113
- History and Traditions of the Taranaki Coast—
- Chapter I.—The Taranaki Coast prior to 1840 120
- Chapter II.—The Ancient Inhabitants of the Taranaki Coast 134
- Chapter III.—Kupe, The Navigator 155
- Transactions and Proceedings of the Society 174
No. 64.—December, 1907.
- History and Traditions of the Taranaki Coast—
- Chapter IV.—Toi and his Descendants 175
- Chapter V.—The Canoes of “The Fleet” 189
- Chapter VI.—The Canoes of “The Fleet”—continued 209
- The Story of the “Takitimu.” Collected by Jas. Cowan 220
- The Story of the “Takitimu.” Translated by Hare Hongi 223
- Notes and Queries 226
- Exchanges, etc. 228
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MEMBERS OF THE POLYNESIAN SOCIETY. as at 1st January, 1907.
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.
- His Excellency the Governor, Government House, Wellington, N.Z.
- Liliuokalani, ex-Queen of Hawaii, 1588, 21st Street, Washington, U.S.A.
- Rev. R. H. Codrington, D.D., Chichester, 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., Petone, Wellington, N.Z.
- Professor H. H. Giglioli, Museo Zoologico, 19, via Romana, Florence, Italy.
- H. G. Seth-Smith, M.A., Chief Judge N.L. Court of Appeal, Auckland, N.Z.
- Prof. W. Baldwin Spencer, M.A., C.M.G., F.R.S., The University, Melbourne.
- Prof. A. H. Keene, LL.B., F.R.G.S., “Aram Gah,” 79, Broadhurst Gardens, South Hamstead, London, N.W.
- Prof. Otis T. Mason, A.M., Ph.D., Smithsonian Institution, National Museum, Washington, U.S.A.
- Rev. T. G. Hammond, Patea, Taranaki, N.Z.
- Te One Rene Rawiri Te Mamaru, Moeraki, Otago, N.Z.
- Rev. Mohi Turei, Port Awanui, Waiapu, N.Z.
- Takaanui Tarakawa, Te Puke, Maketu, N.Z.
- Tiwai Paraone, Miranda, Auckland, N.Z.
- Aporo Te Kumeroa, Greytown, N.Z.
- Hare Hongi, Jackson Street, Petone, Wellington, N.Z.
- Wiremu Kauika, Waitotara, N.Z.
- Tati Salmon, Papara, Tahiti.
- Rev. J. Egan Moultan, D.D., Lindfield, Sydney, N.S.W.
- Churchill, W., B.A., Fale'ula, East 12th Street, near King's Highway, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A.
- Cognet, Rev. Claud, S.M., Okato, N.Z.
- Tunui-a-rangi, Major H. P., Pirinoa, Martinborough, N.Z.
- Whatahoro, H. T., Makirikiri P.O., Wanganui, N.Z.
- * Alexander, Dr. E. W., F.R.G.S., Dunedin, N.Z.
- * Alexander, W. D., F.R.G.S., D.Sc., Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands.
- Aldred, W. A., Bank of New Zealand, Christchurch, N.Z.
- Aitken, J. G. W., M.H.R., Wellington, N.Z.
- Ashcroft, R. H., Esq., c/o Taupo Totara Timber Co., Mokai, via Putaruru, N.Z.
- Atkinson, W. E., Whanganui, 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, Ruatoki, Rotorua, N.Z.
- Battley, R. T., Moawhango, N.Z.
- Bamford, E., Auckland, N.Z.
- Benn, H. R., Rotorua, N.Z.
- Buchanan, W. C., Carterton, N.Z.
- Bennett, Rev. F. A., Rotorua, N.Z.
- British and Foreign Bible Society, 114, Queen Victoria Street, London, E.C.
- Brown, Prof. J. McMillan, Holinbank, Fendelton, Christchurch, N.Z.
- Boston City Library, Boston, Mass., U.S.A.
- * Chapman, His Honour F. R., Wellington, N.Z.
- * Carroll, A., M.A., M.D., Denbeigh Ho., Koogarrah, Sydney, N.S.W.
- * Carkeek, Morgan, Otaki, N.Z.
- Chambers, W. K., Repongaere, Gisborne, N.Z.
- Carter, H. C., 475, West 143rd Street, N.Y.
- Comins, Ven. Archdeacon R. Blundell, Norfolk Island.
- Chapman, M., Wellington, N.Z.
- Cooper, His Honour Theo., Wellington, N.Z.
- Coates, J., National Bank of N.Z., Wellington, N.Z.
- Corkill, F. P., New Plymouth, N.Z.
- Clark, Patrick, c/o Clark & McAra, Dunedin, N.Z.
- Chatterton, Rev. F. W., Te Rau, Gisborne, N.Z.
- Cole, Ven. Archdeacon R. H., D.C.L., New Plymouth, N.Z.
- Calhoun, Major Alfred R., 133, East Sixteenth Street, New York, U.S.A.
- * Denniston, His Honour J. E., Christchurch, N.Z.
- Dulau & Co., 37, Soho Square, London
- Donne, T. A., Tourist Department, Wellington, N.Z.
- Dixon, Ronald B., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.
- * Emerson, J. S., 802, Hackfeld Street, Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands.
- Ewen, C. A., N.Z. Insuance Co., Wellington, N.Z.
- Edger, F. H., Judge, N.L.C., Auckland, N.Z.
- * Fraser, D., Bulls, Rangitikei, Wellington, N.Z.
- Friedlander, R., Karlstrasse 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, Sydny, N.S.W.
- Fraser, M., New Plymouth, N.Z.
- Fisher, T. W., New Plymouth, N.Z.
- Frear, Chief Justice, W. F., Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands
- Frith, John F., Survey Office, New Plymouth
- Fowlds, G., M.H.R., Auckland, N.Z.
- Fenwick, Geo, “Otago Daily Times,” Dunedin
- Field Columbian Museum, The, Chicago, U.S.A.
- * Grace, L. M., c/o Travers, Russell & Campbell, Wellington, N.Z.
- * Gudgeon, Lieut.-Col. W. E., C.M.G., Govt. Resident, Rarotonga
- Gordon, H. A., F.G.S., Auckland, N.Z.
- Gurr, E. W., Chief Justice, Pagopago, Samoa
- Gill, W. H., c/o C. & A. H. Nicholls, Peninsula Ho, Monument Street, London, E.C.
- Graham, Geo., c/o Wynyard & Purchase, Auckland, N.Z.
- Gray, M. H., A.R.S.M., F.G.S., &c., Lessness Park, Abbeywood, Kent, England
- Govett, C. W., New Plymouth
- Haddon, A.C., D.Sc., F.R.S., Inisfall, Hills Road, Cambridge, England
- * Hursthouse, C. W., Roads Department, Wellington, N.Z.
- * Hocken, Dr. T. M., F.L.S., Dunedin, N.Z.
- * Hamilton, A., Museum, Wellington, N.Z.
- Henry, Miss Teuira, Tahiti Island.
- Harding, R. Coupland, Wellington, N.Z.
- Hutchin, Rev. J. J. K., Rarotonga Island.
- Hastie, Miss J. A., 11 Ashburn Place, Cromwell Road, London
- Hughes, R. C., New Plymouth, N.Z.
- Hannen, the Hon. H. The Hall, West Farleigh, Kent, England
- Hiersemann, Karl W., Königstrasse 3, Leipzig, Germany
- Iorns, William, Masterton, N.Z.
- Johnson, H. Dunbar, Judge N.L. Court, Whanganui, N.Z.
- Kühl, W. H., W-Jäger Strasse, 73, Berlin
- Kerr, W., New Plymouth, N.Z.
- Kelly, Hon. T., M.L.C., New Plymouth, N.Z.
- * Lawrence, Rev. W. N., Port Moresby, New Guinea
- * Large, Major, J. T., Mangaia Island, Rarotonga
- * Laing, R. M., M.A., High School, Christchurch, N.Z.
- Lambert, H. A. Tane, Pahiatua, N.Z.
- Leslie, G., Government Buildings, Wellington, N.Z.
- Lethbridge, F. Y., M.H.R., Feilding, N.Z.
- Lardelli, Victor S., Whangara, Gisborne, N.Z.
- * Marshall, W. S., Te Hekenga, Pemberton, Wellington, 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. Feilding, N.Z.
- Mitchell, F. J., Home Rule, Mudgee, N.S.W.
- Mackay, Captain, A. W., J.P., c/o W. Walker, Esq., Vickery's Chambers, 82 Pitt Street, Sydney, N.S.W.
- March, H. Colley, M.D., F.S.A., Portesham, Dorchester, England
- Marshall, J. W., Tututotara, Marton, N.Z.
- Marshall, H. H., Motu-kowhai, Marton, N.Z.
- McNab, R., M.A., LL.B., M.H.R., Gore, N.Z.
- Maunsell, R., Eridge, Masterton, N.Z.
- Martin, Josiah, F.G.S. Auckland, N.Z.
- Malone, W. G., New Plymouth, 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., L.L.B., M.H.R., Awanui, Gisborne, N.Z.
- New York Public Library, Astor Library Buildings, New York
- Newman, W. L., New Plymouth, N.Z.
- Ngatana, Ratana, Ratana Railway Station, Turakina, N.Z.
- Newman, Dr. A. K. Hobson Street, Wellington, N.Z.
- * Phillips, Coleman, Featherston, N.Z.
- * Pope, J. H. Education Department, Wellington, 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, N.Z.
- Park, Dr. P. H., Health Department, Wellington, N.Z.
- Reeve, Wellwood, Tologa Bay, Gisborne, N.Z.
- * Rutland, Joshua, Canvastown, Marlborough, N.Z.
- * Roy, R. B., Taita, Wellington, N.Z.
- Roy, J. B., New Plymouth, N.Z.
- Roberts, W. H. S. Newburgh, Oamaru, N.Z.
- * Smith, W. W., F.E.S., c/o R. J. Smith, Church Street, Masterton, N.Z.
- * Shand, A., Chatham Islands
- * Smith, F. S., Chief Surveyor, Blenhiem, N.Z.
- * Smith, M. C., Survey Department, Wellington, N.Z.
- * Smith, S. Percy, F.R.G.S., New Plymouth, N.Z.
- Smith, H. Guthrie, Tutira, via Napier, 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.
- 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., Mokoia, Woodville, N.Z.
- Smith, Hon. W. O., Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands
- Spencer, W. E., M.A., B.S., Education Dept., Wellington, N.Z.
- Samuel, The Hon. Oliver, M.L.C., New Plymouth, N.Z.
- Solf, His Excellency Dr. W. K., Governor of German Samoa, Apia, Samoa
- Schultz, Dr. Erich von, Apia, Samoa
- Smith, William, Railway Department, Aramoho, N.Z.
- Scholefield, G. H., New Zealand Times Office, Wellington, N.Z.
- Stewart, Mervyn James, Athenree, via Thames, N.Z.
- * Tregear, E., F.R.Hist.S., Wellington, N.Z.
- Turnbull, A. H., F.R.G.S., Bowen Street, Wellington, N.Z.
- Tinline, J., Nelson, N.Z.
- Way, Right Hon. Sir Samuel James, Bart., P.C., Chief Justice, Adelaide, S.A.
- * Webster, J., Hokianga, N.Z.
- * Wheeler, W. J., Survey Office, Auckland, N.Z.
- * Williams, Right Rev. W. L., D.D., Bishop of Waiapu, Napier, N.Z.
- * Wright, A. B., Survey Department, Auckland, N.Z.
- Williams, Rev. H. W., M.A., Gisborne, N.Z.
- Williams, J. N., Frimley, Hastings, Hawke's Bay. N.Z.
- White, Taylor, Wimbledon, Hawke's Bay, N.Z.
- Wilson, A., Hangatiki, Auckland, N.Z.
- Wilcox, Hon. G. N., Kauai, Hawaiian Islands
- Williams, F. W., Napier, N.Z.
- Wallis, Right Rev. F., D.D., Bishop of Wellington, N.Z.
- Whitney, James L., Public Library, Dartmouth, Boston, U.S.A.
- Woodworth, W. McM., Museum Comp. Zoology, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.
- Webster, W. D., New Plymouth, N.Z.
- Walker, Ernest A., M.D., New Plymouth, N.Z.
- * Young, J. L., c/o Henderson & Macfarlane, Auckland, N.Z.
- Yarborough, A. C., Kohukohu, Hokianga, N.Z.
PRESIDENTS (Past and Present).
- 1892-1894—H. G. Seth-Smith, M.A.
- 1895-1896—Right Rev. W. L. Williams, M.A., D.D.
- 1897-1898—The Rev. W. T. Habens, B.A.
- 1899-1900—J. H. Pope
- 1901-1903—E. Tregear, F.R.H.S., &c.
- 1904-1907—S. Percy Smith, F.R.G.S.
LIST OF EXCHANGES.
THE following is the list of Societies, etc., etc., 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 publications free, so long as the New Zealand Government allows our correspondence, etc., to go free by post.
- High Commissioner of New Zealand, 23 Victoria Street, Westminister, London, S.W.
- Anthropologische, Ethnographische, etc., etc., Gesellschraft, Vienna, Austria.
- Anthropologie, Société d', 15, Rue Ecole de Medicin, Paris.
- Anthropologia, Museo Zoologica, Florence, Italy.
- Anthropological Society of Australia, c/o Board of International Exchanges Sydney.
- Anthropological Institute of Great Britain, 3 Havover Square, London, W.
- Anthropologie, Ecole 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.
- American Oriental Society, 245, Bishop Street, Newhaven, Conn., U.S.A.
- Anthropology, Department of, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
- 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.
- Ethnological Survey, Manila, Philippine Islands.
- 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 New Zealand, Wellington, N.Z.
- Institute, The Otago, Dunedin, N.Z.
- Japan Society, 20 Hanover Square, London, W.
- Kongl, Vitterhets Historie och Antiqvitete Akademen, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Koninklijk Instituut, 14, Van Galenstraat, The Hague, Holland.
- Literary and Historical Society, Quebec, Canada.
- Museum, Christchurch.
- Museum, The Australian, Sydney.
- Minister of Education, Wellington.
- Minister, Right Hon. the Premier, Wellington.
- Minister, Hon. The Colonial Secretary, Wellington.
- Na Mata, Editor, Suva, Fiji.
- 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,” 438, Fifty Seventh Street, Chicago.
- Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, U.S.A.
- 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.
- Secretary, General Post Office, Wellington.
- Secretary (Under) Colonial Secretary's Department, Wellington.
- Secretary (Under) Justice (Native), Wellington.
- Societé Neuchateloise de Geographie, Neuchatel, Switzerland.
- University of California, Berkeley, California.
- Wisconsin Academy of Science and Arts, Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY.
Held at New Plymouth, N.Z., 15th February, 1907.
The usual annual meeting was held, by the courtesy of Mr. F. P. Corkill, at his office. The President in the chair, and Messrs. W. L. Newman, F. P. Corkill, W. H. Skinner, C. W. Govett, and W. Kerr.
The minutes of the last annual meeting, with the present annual report and balance sheet, were read and confirmed, and ordered to be printed in the next Journal.
A ballot, under Rule 5, was taken for three members of the Council to retire, when Messrs. Corkill, Parker, and Skinner were drawn.
The following officers were then elected for the ensuing year:—
- President—S. Percy Smith.
- Council—Messrs. Corkill, Parker and Skinner.
- Secretary—W. H. Skinner.
- Auditor—W. D. Webster.
The following new members were elected:—
- H. D. M. Haszard, District Surveyor, Auckland.
- Dr. P. H. Park, Health Department, Wellington.
- H. T. Whatahoro, (corresponding member), Makirikiri, P.O. Wanganui.
A vote of thanks to the officers of the Society terminated the proceedings
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE COUNCIL.
For the year ending 31st December, 1907.
The Council has to report to this annual meeting that no very striking feature has marked the proceedings of the Society during the past twelve months. This is the fourteenth annual meeting, and the end of the fifteenth year of our existence as a Society. The objects for which the Society was founded, namely, the preservation of original matter connected with the Polynesian race, have been fairly well carried out, and our Journal—the medium of such preservation—has appeared, so far as the first two quarterly numbers are concerned, with regularity. But owing - ix to the disastrous fire in Wellington, in which the large printing establishment of Messrs. Whitcombe and Tombs was completely destroyed, we lost the entire issue of the third number of the Journal just before it was sent out to members. This involved the re-printing of the whole, and likewise a consequent delay in issuing the December number. The Society lost also the whole of the blocks used in the illustrations, even from the very first. It is hoped that the Journal will in future issue with its usual regularity.
The original matter we have on hand is now very considerable, much of which is of great value, and it should be made available for the benefit of our members, and students of Polynesian matters. There is a large amount of such matter in the Maori language as yet untranslated. Also much in the Rarotongan dialect, which has lately been added to by the loan of the papers left by the late Rev. W. Wyatt Gill, LL.D., the well known author of many works on the Polynesians, which papers have been sent to us for publication by his son, Dr. J. Macdonald Gill, of Sydney. We also have the late Mr. Ferguson's collection of Maori notes, sent us by Mr. A. C. Yarborough, of Hokianga, which require editing and arranging. Our most industrious member, Mr Elsdon Best, has in hand a history of the Urewera tribes, their manners and customs, which, from what he tells us, will be of large dimensions; and, moreover, there are numerous other documents that should find a place in our publications. Without reckoning new matter which constantly accrues, the MSS. enumerated above, would take some years to work off, unless the size of the Journal could be increased, and of this there does not appear to be much present prospect.
With regard to the Maori Dictionary now being compiled by the Rev. H. W. Williams, M.A., we understand that fair progress is being made, but it will yet take some time before it appears. Few people who have not engaged in similar work can understand the labour implied in such a task. Some of the results of Mr. Williams' visit to the Cape to inspect the Grey collection there deposited, have appeared in our journal; but the consent of the Cape Legislature to the transference of these valuable documents to New Zealand has so far not been obtained. The Lower House of the Cape Parliament passed a Bill authorising this transaction, but the Upper House did not see its way to concur, so matters remain as they were for the present.
The Niue Vocabulary is going slowly—very slowly—through the Government Printing Office.
During the year arrangements have been made with the Board of Education to lodge our library in the new Technical School, where there will be more room, and, moreover, as it is a brick building it will be safer. The thanks of the Society are due to the Borough Council for having given shelter to our Library during the last six years.
Death has as usual removed several of our members, amongst whom may be mentioned Karipa Te Whetu, a former frequent contributor to this Journal; Pa-ariki, of Rarotonga, Mr. G. T. Wilkinson, of Otorohanga; Sir W. L. Buller, F.R.S.; and Ru-Reweti, of the Bay of Islands.
On the 1st January, 1907, our members were as follows:—
The above figures show a decline of two members as compared with last year.
At the 31st December our correspondence, papers, etc., ceased to go free through the post office within the British Empire. This will make a considerable difference to the Society, unless the Government, in consideration of the public nature of the work that we are doing can see their way to make us an allowance, which has been applied for. The Society has spent up to the present time over £2500 in preserving to future generations the records of the history, manners and customs, philology, etc., of the Polynesian race, and we think we are entitled to consideration on that ground.
The accounts of the Society are attached. It will be seen that the receipts amount to £235 13s 8d, and the expenditure to £199 11s 9d, leaving a balance in hand of £37 1s 11d, which will only just cover the liabilities. The capital account, which cannot be used for ordinary purposes, amounts to £111 1s 4d. We regret that a good many members are in arrear with their subscriptions, and would call their attention to the fact that the Council is thereby much hampered in arranging the matter to be printed.
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