February Pānui, 2016


Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tōtanga

Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tōtanga

This month we feature two photographs. We already have the names of the people in the photographs (the Bledisloe Cup, contested each year in a test series between NZ and Australia, is named after this man, Lord Bledisloe), but we’d like more information on the event – the gifting of the ‘Bledisloe Chair’ by local iwi to the then Governor-General, in January 1934. The chair is now housed at Waitangi.

We are interested to hear, and document, any whanau stories about the Chair (its weaving/weavers and carvings/carvers), about the presentation ceremony and the hangi that followed. We’d also love to find other photographs that may have been taken on the day.

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