Story: Ngā take Māori – government policy and Māori

Tipi Rōpiha, 1948

Tipi Rōpiha, 1948

Seated third from left, next to Prime Minister Peter Fraser, is Tipi Rōpiha, the newly appointed under-secretary of the Maori Affairs Department. Tipi's wife, Rhoda, sits on the other side of Fraser. The department had recently been renamed after all official references to 'native' were changed to 'Maori'. The occasion is the opening of the Maori Affairs head office in Wellington. Giving the whaikōrero (speech) is Eruera Tirikātene, MP for Southern Māori and member of the Executive Council representing Māori.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, Archives New Zealand: National Publicity Studios Collection
Reference: 1/2-027780-F; A16,125

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Mark Derby, 'Ngā take Māori – government policy and Māori - Depression, war and urbanisation, 1930s to 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 October 2023)

Story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012