The first-series £1 banknote is mauve. The border resembles that of the 10-shilling note, but the carvings on the sides are based on the amo (post) on the wharenui (meeting house) Hinemihi o te Ao Tawhito. This house was located at the Māori village Te Wairoa, which was buried when Mt Tarawera erupted in 1886. The people sheltered in Hinemihi during the eruption. It was sold to the Governor-General, the Earl of Onslow, in 1892 and removed to his estate, Clandon Park, in England. The kōwhaiwhai (rafter) border on the top and bottom is called Mangōpare and, like that on the 10-shilling note, is based on the hammerhead shark. The border is completed by the denomination printed on each corner. On the back, £1 is written in numerals and words.
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