Jan-Oct 1920

Contains diary entries by Keys re his travels through the Bay of Plenty and Horowhenua districts on business as a Native Land Agent; there are detailed descriptions of the countryside and towns which Keys travelled through, and discussions about the people he met; there are also discussions about Maori practices and customs that he encountered and his impressions of them.

There are also notes about native flora and fauna and the liquor trade, and a number of photographs of people (mainly from Te Arawa and Ngati Raukawa), scenery and marae, taken by Keys according to the text (each is dated).

Also contains copies of various manuscripts (in Maori) submitted to Keys by Maori informants, and information about the history of Rangiatea at Otaki

Also includes stories, written in Maori, from the Ngati Raukawa tribe; "The story of Uenuku-kopako and Kapu- Manawawhiti"; "The death of Tukemata"; and a copy of a letter from Riapo Puhipi (Leopold Busby) about an exchange of gifts between Te Rauparaha and Poroa, a chief of Ahipara. Includes photographs of the old Otaki school house; Kahurangi Taipua; Raukawa meeting house (all on p.73), and Tungia Te Ao (pp.74 & 100).

Contains description of the Whakatane river in 1907 (p33 & 34) and the names of the rocks in the river.

Quantity: 1 folder(s).

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Map of Whakatane River estuary
Date: 1920 From: Keys, Ben, 1878-1951 : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-0407-32-10 Description: Map of the Whakatane River at its outlet to the sea; accompanying text describes changes in the area since 1911 Quantity: 1 piece. Physical Description: Ha...
Rua Kenana, with Te Akakura and another
Date: 29 Nov 1919 From: Keys, Ben, 1878-1951 : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-0407-32-8a Description: Portrait of Rua Kenana (centre), and two of his wives, Te Akakura (left) and another (unidentified). Photograph was taken by Ben Keys at Whakatane, while tra...
Photograph - Portrait of Rua Kenana
Date: 29 Nov 1919 From: Keys, Ben, 1878-1951 : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-0407-32-8b Description: Portrait of Rua Kenana taken by Ben Keys at Whakatane, while travelling on Maori Land Board business. Photograph is featured on page 8 of Keys' diary and is ...