The inaugural meeting of the Tākitimu Māori Council, in 1902, was held at Te Poho-o-Rāwiri meeting house, Gisborne, in 1902. The council was a government-sponsored form of the traditional rūnanga (tribal council). Seated: Mr Brooking, Otene Pitau. Front row standing: Takina (Kaiti), Charles Ferris (Gisborne), Hetekia Te Kane Pere (Gisborne), Paratene Tatae (Manutūkē), Hemi Tutapu, Matenga Taihuka Te Kooti (far right). Back row: Hapi Hinaki (Whāngārā), Paora Kohu (Muriwai), Pewhairangi (Tokomaru Bay), Rangi (Tolaga Bay), Arani Kunaiti (Te Rēinga).
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