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No. 5 (Spring 1953)
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Maori Women's Welfare League members in Te Kuiti planted twenty-four young totara trees in the pa grounds to commemorate the Coronation.

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Four young Maoris looking forward to a busy period in British show business are Joe Ward Holmes, aged 27, of Lower Hutt; Pat Rawiri, 24, of Ruatahuna; Mac Hata, 23, of Opotiki; and Henry Gilbert, 27, of Waikaremoana. The first three sing, and Henry Gilbert accompanies them on the guitar, as ‘The New Zealanders' Maori Quartet’. They landed in London last July, and are already appearing in B.B.C. Commonwealth of Song programmes, on the stage, and in television. Their repertoire includes not only Maori songs in harmony, and dances and haka in costumes, but also Samoan, Fijian and Hawaiian numbers. The quartet was formed in Wellington in 1950.

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The Whakatohea Tribal Executive, wanting to contribute to the well-being of local schools, has decided to form a tribal education committee.

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Mr Whitu Pitama, still in his thirties, has been chosen as upokorunanga of the Ngai-Tahu tribe, North Canterbury.

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A sporting record which it would be hard to excel in New Zealand was held this year by Te Aute College. Of the 150 boys attending the college, 140 played in competition Rugby. The college had eight teams in the Hastings competition.