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The Gisborne Photo News



The Nuhaka Meeting House

Consternation was rife when plans were revealed last month for the Mormon Church to remove the Kahungunu meeting house at Nuhaka to Hawaii to form part of a village designed to preserve Pacific cultures. Many protests were made on the grounds that although the church had contributed the larger part of the money for the hall, Maori trust blocks had also donated about £4000. In addition, the hall was a memorial to men who fell in the two great wars. It was suggested that if the church wanted to go ahead with its proposal, it should have a meeting-house built specially for that purpose. Pictures taken by Eastland Photographers here show some of the exceptionally beautiful carvings which embellish the interior and exterior of the hall.


Exterior view


War Memorial panels


The elaborately decorated interior