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No. 4 (Autumn 1953)
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AN APPRECIATION

An American correspondent expresses appreciation of Te Ao Hou, of which he has received and read the first and second issues. He says he became interested in the Maori people—and in all Polynesians—in 1942. He has since compiled five scrap books of Maori information, to obtain the material for which he has written to nearly 100 Maori people, over half of whom autographed the return envelope. Some of his most prized autographs are from the late Rt. Rev. F. A. Bennett, the Rt. Rev. W. Panapa, King Koroki Te Where-whero, the late Te Puea Herangi, the late Sir Apirana Ngata, and the late Sir Peter Buck (Te Rangihiroa). The correspondent signs himself Hoa Aata (Arthur) Garrison, of 58 Nichols Street, Bridgeton, New Jersey, U.S.A. He expresses appreciation of the help he has had from Mr and Mrs Tonihi Rihari, of Whakarewarewa, and concludes his letter with ‘Mate Atua koe e manaki, Kia hoa, Kia ora; nga whakamihi.’

Another correspondent, Mr G. E. Lawrence, of Waipawa, Hawke's Bay, writes saying that Te Ao Hou ‘will give us pakehas a better understanding of our Maori brothers, whom we so often take for granted.’ Mr Lawrence says he subscribes to Te Ao Hou because he is interested in Polynesians—their arts and crafts.