Carved figurehead of the waka taua (war canoe) Ngatokimatawhaorua, built by the Ngā Puhi people for the 1940 centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. At Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. This canoe is launched each February 6 at the celebrations of the Treaty of Waitangi, and on other special occasions.                   Waka-Waitangi-profile.jpg

Carved figurehead of the waka taua (war canoe) Ngatokimatawhaorua, built by the Ngā Puhi people for the 1940 centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. At Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. This canoe is launched each February 6 at the celebrations of the Treaty of Waitangi, and on other special occasions. Waka-Waitangi-profile.jpg

Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia (1868-1920), circa 1890. Meri was a member of the Kotahitanga (Māori Parliament) movement.        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/37/MeriMangakahia1890s.jpg

Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia (1868-1920), circa 1890. Meri was a member of the Kotahitanga (Māori Parliament) movement. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/37/MeriMangakahia1890s.jpg

Ficus dammaropsis in cultivation, Whangarei, New Zealand. This is a huge tree from the jungles of Papua New Guinea. It has huge pleated leaves 60cm across. A dramatic sight in cultivation in frost-free areas.                          Ficus-dammaropsis-01.jpg

Ficus dammaropsis in cultivation, Whangarei, New Zealand. This is a huge tree from the jungles of Papua New Guinea. It has huge pleated leaves 60cm across. A dramatic sight in cultivation in frost-free areas. Ficus-dammaropsis-01.jpg

"Tu Kaitote" (Kaitotehe), the pā of Te Wherowhero, first Māori King. Taupiri mountain in the distance on the other side of the Waikato River (not visible).          Taupiri.jpg

"Tu Kaitote" (Kaitotehe), the pā of Te Wherowhero, first Māori King. Taupiri mountain in the distance on the other side of the Waikato River (not visible). Taupiri.jpg

A Māori woman of the Ngāti Mahuta tribe, Waikato, New Zealand, 19th century            https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7e/Nmahutawoman.jpg

A Māori woman of the Ngāti Mahuta tribe, Waikato, New Zealand, 19th century https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7e/Nmahutawoman.jpg

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