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THE QUEEN OF RARATONGA IN WAIKATO.

[i'hou ni,ito\\\ ooiuuxi>o\nr.\r.l The Queen of, or ratherone of the Queens of Kaiatnngj, with hi'i husbmd, ]\ga-uiarii 'fane, King of Atm, w.tli thin suite .ccmnpanied by Mr G. Umvvn of tho Native UHioc, and Mossim Albeit Glover .md Cat Her, friends of tho Uu.vtonga \ lsitnn, ai lived here on Monday list, airi toot up their quaitei.s n" Mr Finci.'s Alcxandui Hotel, where tin v i<Mii,ini"cl for tho night. Ne\t morning a messenger was hcnt with a letter for Tawhiao at Wlmtiwhatihoc, and acquainting him of then anival, but T.iwhmo lud in>t wturned fiom Hnkanui As it was not kuown when ho would ainve, tho Queen and party proceeded at 11 a.m. to the s-cttleinent, on a visit to the tntives there, the chief, To Tuhi <nid Honana M.iioha having arranged for their proper reception. Mr G. W. Wilkinson, the Government agent, and Wahanui accompanied tho \isitors from here. The rece|)tion took placo at the large house, lntoly build for a meeting house. Tho King's two son*, IV Taw lnao and Te Ngaho, lepi evented tlieit father. Majoi Te Whe<»io .md other chiefs were piesont. Some 000 natno, ranged in two lines, the women on one side and tho men on the other, received the visitois with the usual ceremonies. They were then led by Honaua to where Tawhiao's representatives stood in front of the house. Kerei Kiiihau, Tawhiao's secretary came forward, read and presented an address to the Queen, which, was as follows: — I

tianslated, (Ai)dhks to Mvkkv Akiki.) Whatiwhatihoe, Oct. 20th, 1885. Welcome M.ikea Anki, you and your companions of lank. It is ywur great love th.it, caused you to swim (cross) Kuva's sea, which lies between our two islands. Hete are we tho people who came from Hawaiki in the canoes called Tainui, Te Arawa, Matahia, Kuuiwhaupo, Tokomarn and T.ikituns. Our respectful affection is great to you b?couso of your having cwine to .see King Tawhiao. I haw near to us Maikuku, Di.iw near to us Maikuku, At List wo are fortunate enough to meet you. luom all the tribes who are living undei the mana of King Tawhiao. At the conclusion of the address, Mr Wilkuiion introduced the visitors to the principal chiefs present, and they were then conducted to the large porch of the house, where mats were spread for them. The usual speeches of welcome were then made by Toko, Paku and Major Tv Wlieoro, who apologised for Tawhiao's absence. All the speeches were replied to by one or othei of the visitors, but their meaning could only generally bo guessed at, the two languages being_scarcely identical. This cerßir.ony being concluded, a number <if valuable presents were made to the Queen, consisting of some handsome mats of various manufacture, and now very rare, a greenstone mere, which had been presented to old Te Wherowhero at Taranaki at the conclusion of a war, as a peace offering ; also several other curios, and a collection of kits. At tho desire of the visitors, a number of young girls then gave then a specimen ot the pohi or ball hakn, followed by a luika song and dance by a number of native men and women, led by Toka, who, at the conclusion, challenged the -visitors to give them an oppoitunity of seeing what they could do in the dancing way. Ngamaru Tane, King of Atiu, the Queen's husband, accepted tho challenge as f.ir as they could. They would sing them a song. A genuine tieut then ensued. The whole of the visitors oang several waiatas their \oices blending moat harmoniously. It w.if a great surprise to all, both •pakehas .wdnati\es. Led by the two young girls, Atinto and Tutini, both with leni.vikably sweet voices, without tho least hesitation, tinier after song was git en, to the" delight of all, every one of the visitors sustaining his oi her pait so correctly that one present rentalked that it was like listening to a fine oigau, tho king of instruments. Unfoi Innately rain b-gan to fall, and tho meeting hid to disparso, or get wet tluough. Food was brought to the visitois and prcbented in native-style and apparently enjoyed, and the i un not ceasing, the \ isitors after leave-taking left for their hotel at 2.30 p.m., thus just missing Tawlnao, whom they mot on the road returning in his buggy from Hukanui. As the Raiatongi natives had to leave ne\t mm ning to letuin to Auckland, and as Tawhiao did not come into Ale\andia that evening, much to the di-appointmcnt of the Queen and her paity, they had no inteiview with the Now Zealand "' nionaich." In the course of the evening a number of the party imd a \i~it to the [link Club, in the Public Hall, the skaten causing them gieat amusement and stupn-»c, to the young ladies especially. Some of them tned the hkatcs themselves, and vvuie oven moio suiprised.

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THE QUEEN OF RARATONGA IN WAIKATO., Waikato Times, Volume XXV, Issue 2075, 24 October 1885

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THE QUEEN OF RARATONGA IN WAIKATO. Waikato Times, Volume XXV, Issue 2075, 24 October 1885

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