In the 1920s the Dominion Museum was encouraged by Āpirana Ngata and Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hīroa) to capture records of traditional Māori life. Here, Te Raumoa Balneavis (second from left) who was secretary to Ngata, assists two museum ethnologists, Johannes Andersen (left) and Elsdon Best (third from left), to record an unidentified Māori speaker. The recording was made on an Edison cyclinder. The photographer was James McDonald, who often accompanied museum expeditions to Māori communities in the Whanganui region and on the East Coast.
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Photograph by James Ingram McDonald
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