CAVE ART SALVAGED
Some 25 slabs of rock, varying in size from 2ft to 6in in thickness have been cut by the Ministry of Works from a recess at the bottom of a cliff at the Waipapa State hydro project.
On them are primitive red and black Maori paintings. The slabs were crated and sent to the Auckland Museum.
The director, Dr Archey, has photos of the cliff recess before the slabs were cut out, and he will try to display the slabs as near as possible in their original order.
Experts are undecided about the paintings, and when they were done. They are in charcoal and red ochre. Some depict animals and tikis, others are just lines.