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Kerei Te Panau and George Matthew Snelson

Kerei Te Panau and George Matthew Snelson

These are the two of the original identities of Palmerston North. Kerei Te Panau (left) was the Chief of the Awapuni tribe. George Matthew Snelson (right) was the first shopkeeper of Palmerston North and became its first Mayor, serving from 1877-1879, 1883-1884, 1889-1892 and 1901.