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.
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