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Bank book from Maungapōhatu, 1900s

Bank book from Maungapōhatu, 1900s

This bank book was issued for members of the Maungapōhatu community established by Ngāi Tūhoe tribal leader Rua Kēnana in 1907. The cover contains two transliterations from English – peeke (bank) and moni (money). Many such transliterations entered te reo Māori from the 1860s, when the Pākehā population first exceeded the Māori population.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: MSX-3427-01

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Dianne Bardsley, 'English language in New Zealand - Words from the Māori language', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by Dianne Bardsley, published 5 Sep 2013