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MAORI WAR CANOE.

TO THK KDITOH. Sib,—When I was in Auckland three ycara ago, then a small boy taking my school holidays, I was present at the Auckland regatta, where a novelty was introduced in the shape of a Maori war canoe race. This canoe, fully manned, competed in a neck-and-ncck race with the boats of H.M.S. Nelson. It was a grand Bight. The canoe shot ahead like an arrow, the ship's

boats following close alongside, Then in turning round for the run home one of the man-of-war boats slipped round like a pivot. The canoe, being very large, had to take a wider swing before it could get round, and so lost a good deal of ground, but they shot ahead once more and were pulling up to the boat hand over fist, and were slowly but surely getting past the boat, when they both passed the fl igship and the gun was fired. Now, air, seeing what a succi-ss that contest was, and knowing how it would take at Dunedin during the Exhibition season, why not ask the Dunedin Regatta Committee to try and give one or two extra prizes and have a war canoe race in the harbor during the regatta, or as a grand finale. There will be a great many Maoris here about that time, and the canoe race could be North v. South, or one race for Maoris all over New Zealand, or with the warships in the harbor at that time. As I have already said, the novelty of the thing would take, the canoes in themselves being as good as any Maori exhibit in the whole Exhibition. Hoping the Regatta Committee will favorably consider thiß suggestion—l am, etc., Te Waka Taua. Dunedin, July 30,

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MAORI WAR CANOE., Issue 7974, 1 August 1889

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MAORI WAR CANOE. Issue 7974, 1 August 1889

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