Quiz – Identify The Dignitary

We have this photo in our collection and we would like to know who these people are.  In particular the gentleman standing on the left wearing a traditional Māori cloak (korowai).  We have had a few suggestions but we are not sure and we would like to hear your thoughts.

Here is some background…  This photograph was among the possessions of a serviceman who returned from World War Two.  It has been mass produced by a photographic studio based in Petone (no longer in operation).  The returned soldier was very involved in rugby and his community and he ran a business in Petone.

The ink stamp on the back reads: Photocraft Studio Jackson St Petone Tel 61-607.

Please contact us if you know, or you think you know! Thanks.

Can you identify any of these people?
Can you identify any of these people?