These ‘Old Thornton Boys’ attended Te Aute College in Hawke’s Bay when John Thornton was headmaster. They are Sir Māui Pōmare (back, left), Archdeacon H. Hawkins, Sir Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hīroa), Hāmiora Hei (front, left), Sir Āpirana Ngata and Reverend Rēwiti Kōhere. From the late 19th century Te Aute was unique in providing an opportunity for Māori boys to prepare for academic study at university. All of these men had distinguished careers.
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