The Stone Implements of the Maori
In regard to the various authorities quoted in the following pages, and from whose published works extracts have been taken, or who have furnished information concerning the items described, we offer the following remarks—
- Nicholas.—Came to New Zealand with Rev. S. Marsden in 1815, and published an interesting work containing much matter concerning the natives.
- Earl.—Visited New Zealand in 1827, twelve years after Nicholas. Published interesting information concerning the natives.
- Polack.—Resided in the far north in the "thirties" of the last century, and also visited the east coast. Not so careful and reliable a writer as the above two.
- Rev. R. Taylor.—One of the early missionaries of the "thirties." Collected much interesting matter that was carelessly worked up, and is much marred by quaint theories.
- Rev. Yate.—Another early missionary of the "thirties," who published a very fair work in 1835.
- Dr. Marshall.—Visited New Zealand in the "thirties." Gives a good description of some Taranaki fortified villages.
- Colenso.—Came to New Zealand in 1835. Usually an accurate writer. He wrote some good general descriptions of Maori customs, &c. His monographs are somewhat strained, and even exaggerated at times—e.g., that on Maori colour-terms.
- Wade.—In New Zealand in the "thirties." Visited Rotorua in 1838. His little book is interesting and reliable.
- Angas And Shortland.—Both in New Zealand in the "forties." These are two of our most observant and reliable writers.
- Thomson.—Published his "Story of New Zealand" in 1857. It contains much good matter, and some errors.
- Te Whatahoro.—A native of the Wai-rarapa, who has contributed much interesting matter for the Museum bulletins.
- Tutu Nihoniho.—Of the Ngati-Porou Tribe, east coast. Our most energetic contributor of original ethnological matter. He takes a keen interest in placing such items on record.
- Mohi Turei.—One of the best-informed natives on the east coast, and from whom we obtained most interesting information.
- W. H. Skinner.—Of Taranaki. A keen and accurate observer of native customs, &c.
[The sketch-map indicates some of the tribal districts mentioned in this Bulletin.]page break