Story: Taranaki region

Peter Buck memorial (1st of 2)

Peter Buck memorial

This memorial to Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hīroa) – also the repository of his ashes – is on the bush-covered slopes of the Ngāti Mutunga , Ōkoki. The stylised canoe prow, designed by Wellington architects Plischke and Firth, was dedicated by Governor-General Willoughby Norrie in 1954. Buck trained in medicine and was active in politics, but later made his name as a Polynesian ethnologist, and became director of the Bishop Museum in Hawaii.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - Government, education and health', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015