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No. 5 (Spring 1953)
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The chairman suggested that under these circumstances perhaps the people should have their way, and put on their haka.

Most of the delegates, however, were much concerned about the matter. After much discussion, Mr Pei Jones put a motion to the meeting, setting out a code of conduct for all tribal bodies under the Aotea District Welfare Council. The code was:

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Maoris may take part in civic receptions.

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They may wear traditional dress at these receptions.

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They may speak if called upon, or take any other part usual at such receptions.

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They should not, however, carry out any Maori ceremonial that is appropriate only on the sacred ground of the marae.

This motion was carried unanimously, and was acceptable to the delegate who had asked for the meeting's opinion. He would try to persuade his people, he said.

A sub-committee was appointed to work out plans for the representation of the Aotea people at the Maori reception at Rotorua. A resolution was also passed to appeal to the Government to fit in a short visit by the Queen to Ngaruawahia.

Te Ao Hou records with gratitude that the Aotea Council resolved at this same meeting to support our magazine by encouraging the taking of subscriptions and the sending in of articles and news items.