Looking at the famous whare whakaaro at the Auckland Museum, while Mr Gaitely, the Te Hapua school teacher, gives some explanations. (Hill-Thomas Photograph.)
Twenty-eight children of New Zealand's northernmost school, Te Hapua, had their first look at the wonders of the city when they visited Auckland at the end of last year. Many of them had never seen electricity before, or heard the roar of city traffic. Trams, lifts or escalators were entirely new to most of the children who were from standard two upward to form one.
Our photographer met them as they were visiting the Auckland Museum. The variety and beauty of Maori art naturally attracted them greatly. On the front steps of the museum, Te Hapua was able to bring to Auckland some of its own life and spirit.
For some time, the children had been exchanging art work with pupils of the Grey Lynn school. The visit gave them an opportunity to meet these Auckland children personally, give a concert for them, and to invite them to make a return visit to Te Hapua in the near future. The party spent a full week seeing Auckland. The Maori Community Centre provided meals and the Parnell Maori Hostel, accommodation.