First Maori opera produced by St Peter's Maori College, Auckland, was Ka Toa Tatou (We Shall Conquer), which was performed at the college last November. Not only the cast, but also the make-up, scenery, wardrobe and lighting experts were all students at the college. The whole opera was presented in the Maori language. Ka Toa Tatou is an allegory, a story told in symbols, describing how the christian faith came to New Zealand.
A new play is planned for the present year, to be called Tumaungatoa (I stand alone), and per-
Scene from Ka Toa Tatou: the four front figures, from left to right, are: Whakaponokore (Donald Solomon), the girl who loves Niu Tireni but whose ambitions for him are coarse and worldly; Niu Tireni (Mitai Rolleston), chief character who wishes to conquer the world and live for ever. He finally does so through the Christian faith. Hawaiki (Wiremu Brown), Niu Tireni's father, in the picture reproduced above, seen conferring chiefly status on Niu Tireni who has come of age. Ngakaukino (Benjamin Leef), old tohunga-makutu, greatly feared by the people, finally banished by Niu Tireni who by then has embraced Christianity. (Amalgamated Studios Photograph.)