Story: European ideas about Māori

Māori policeman

Māori policeman

This drawing shows a Māori policeman playing a nose flute in 1850. It recorded the attempt by Governor George Grey to appoint Māori to some civil posts in the belief that they could rapidly adopt European ways of life and civil order.

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Hocken Library, University of Otago
Reference: Acc No. 12,770
Pencil and ink drawing by Cuthbert Charles Clarke

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James Belich, 'European ideas about Māori - Biblical ideas, early 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/29875/maori-policeman (accessed 11 December 2019)

Story by James Belich, published 5 May 2011