T. W. Rātana stands beside the ship Barabool in South Africa prior to his departure for London. Rātana travelled to London in 1924 to present a petition protesting breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi. While on board problems arose between the Māori and Rhodesian (now Zimbabwe) passengers concerning the 'colour question'. Tensions heightened until Australians and New Zealanders, who sympathised with Rātana and his people, threatened to throw the Rhodesians overboard. Tensions settled after this.
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