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THE GOVERNOR'S TOUR.

AN INTERESTING VISIT. \ (By Telegrapli.—Special to "Star.") WHAKATANE, Saturday. The Governor and party, under the guidance of the Hon. A. T. Ngata, left Port Awanui at 5.30 o'clock on the afternoon of tie 24th, in a strong northeast wind and heavy, confused sea. The Tutanekai anchored at 11 p.m. at Wha-ng-a-poroa Bay, noted amongst the Maoris as the place where the canoes from H a'waiki first made land, and left for Te Kaha at 7 a.m. The vessel anchored there two hours later, and the party landed at 10 o'clock. About 350 natives were present from ns far north as Whangaporoa and south as Porore. The boat carrying the Governor was met at ■feme distance off shore by a boat from the settlement with the pilot, Jack Hor- j eted, and escorted the ship's boat to the bay, where the party was received by Woikura and Kopii Erueti, representative chiefs, and by the Hon. Mr. ISTgata, who had previously landed. Half-way from the runanga the Maori wemen welcomed the party with a haka and songs, and led the Governor through an arch with an inscription of welcome. At the meeting house a party of warrior! was drawn up in several ranks, stripped to -fche waist, showing the magnificent physique of the tribe, who arc noted boatmen and agriculturists. To the west were the earthworks of the famous Tokakaka pa, the scene of the last great ■fight between the local tribe tind their cousins of the east coast. To the east were extensive plantations of maize, and on the hill slopes evidences of pastoral pursuits. The following tribes were represented: Para raid, Ehutu, Apanui and Xgaital. Warriors with clubs gave n. spirited war dance, and shook the earth with stamping feet, and then after crouching low on thn ground, sprang up and gave a stately dance of welcome to the Governor as representative of his Majesty, finishing up with an obeisance. The leader was a splendid specimen of manhood, with iron lungs. After hakas three representative chiefs made appropriate speeches of welcome, each speech being followed by songs in chorvis by men nnd women combined. The Governor replied on lines of his address to the Ngatipprou on the previous day. The interval before luncheon was spent going over the Tokaku j battle-ground, and luncheon was served in the bunganga house called Ao Katoa. In the afternoon the Governor visited the native school, one mile north of the settlements. The arrangements throughout were in the hands of the Rev. Mr. Pahewa and Mrs. Pahewa, who conducted the Governor to the school, where Ihe Rev. Mr. Robinson and Mrs. Robinson are teachers. In the afternoon the Chief Wnikina, representing the natives, brought under the Governor's notice various matters which they requested him to impress on the Government. They wished their land surveys_pushed on and titles investigated, and asked assistance in sanitary and health arrangements generally, as wpU as in farming. The Governor promised to refer the requests to the proper quarter, and returned on board at 4.30. An impromptu ifltereeting boat vaee, for which the GovernoV gave the prize, was rowed from 'the shore to the Tutanekai. The crews of botli boats were ehown over) the vessel and ongine-room, and ontertained by his Excellency. In the evening, Captain Post gave a display cf fireworks, which was much appreciated by the native.-, judging by the appluuse from over the water. The visit, though brief, being the first made by any Governor to this part of the Bay of Plenty, made a deep inipression on the native mind. It was notuble that all through the day nnd until eight in the evening his Excellency was in touch with the telephone system of the Dominion by means of an excellent system of native telephones, which exists from Waipiro Bay on the East Coast to Omaio, south of Te Kaha, a total length, including branches, of two hundred and twenty miles. Next morning it was found impossible to effect a landing at Opofiki, and the Tutanekai went under the lee of Whale Island, where during the afternoon the Governor enjoyed some sea fishing deifl>ito adverse weather, and was successful in landing some fine schnapper. During the night a hard north-east gale with violent squalls was experienced. His Excellency proved a good sailor anci keen sportsman. The party landed at Ohiwa on Sunday at 10.30, having transhipped to the Tasmnn, which came out for the purpose, He was met by local representatives from Opotiki, and after luncheon drove to Whakatane. UREWERA VISIT ABANDONED. (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) WHAKATANE, this day. The Governor and party drove over yesterday afternoon from Ohhva. They were escorted by tho Matnta Mounted Squadron, under tho command of Lieut, emales. Hie Excellency was received by Mr Peobles (chairman), and Mr Cla> (councillor), on behalf o? the Whakatane County Council, In front of Regan's Commercial Hotel, where the party staypd during their visit. The Governor expressed regret that bad weather had interfered with his arrangements, and had rendered curtailment of the programme necessary. This morning the party should have gone to attend a big Maori gathering at Ruatoki, but a heavy downpour of rain caused the Governor to cancel arrangements. His Excellency returns to Rotorua to-morrow.

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THE GOVERNOR'S TOUR. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 75, 29 March 1909

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