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No. 14 (April 1956)
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and he soon discovered that these carved houses were the priceless heritage of our forefathers. As they entered your court, they mingled in spirit with that great lady Princess Te Puea, and with all the royalty of our Maori ancestry, and they were with Turongo, Mahinarangi, and indeed with all the chieftainesses and the captains of the seven canoes. But your portion was even more intimate, for you shook her hand, and who knows, but that when you meet again, you will fulfill the age old custom of receiving visitors contained in the proverb:—

“The nasal salutation of time immemorial.”

You have justly added lustre to the prestige of the Maori. Your tupuna's prophecy, Tawhiao, the Second Maori King, has been fulfilled:—

“You have risen above the law,
And your task is almost done,
Behold, the voice of acclaim rings clearly,
The land is in peace,
The seas are greenstone calm,
And the warm sunlight filters through.”

There were your children, Tuteao the warrior, Amohia the hostess, Makereti a Tuhoe maiden, Teiki the elder and canoe fugleman, and indeed, all of your poi dancers, and the fighting men who stood in the presence of their Queen, and who made possible,

“The clapping in dance and song,
The dancing with mirth and laughter.”

The salute at Waitangi was a salvo of twenty-one guns from the Queen's ironclad, but yours was the rhythmic beat of uplifted paddles which rose with a resounding echo, as they were dashed upon the gunwales of Princess Te Puea's graceful flotilla.

They had lingered at length in your carved houses, and on their emergende the waiting tribesmen surged around them closely. Your canoe poi team of maidens sat across the pathway to their vehicles completely blocking their way out. It was only Te Hurinui's quick appeal that cleared the route back to their waiting escort. The Queen's face was radiant with joy, thrilled no doubt by the natural charm of the poi dances in her honour. So with the hot sun, and the perfect conduct of the reception, the scene was indeed a memorable one, and the Waikatos were delirious with excitement.

It was at this stage that I saw a burly Maori with hair flying in the excitement of the crush, dash almost on to the royal car, and with eyes blazing looked directly at the Duke, and with hand pointing at the river below, shouted above the cheering crowds:—

“Look, look! War canoes, war canoes!

The Duke turned round and smiled, and looking over their left shoulders they saw two canoes fully manned with painted warriors racing at top speed down stream to keep abreast of the royal party; their chanting shanty swelled across the surface of the waters, their paddles gleamed in the bright sunshine, and crash they went as two hundred men

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SPORTS
I shall play Tennis all my life

When 19-year-old Ruia Morrison won the Auckland Women's lawn tennis title on January 30, she richly deserved the acclaim that was hers as the first Maori to take the crown. But the volume of applause may have been unwisely expended. Something should have been reserved for the great day when she becomes national champion. For this seems inevitable.

Ruia is a “natural” in every sense of the word. Virtually untutored, she unquestionably possesses some of the finest strokes ever displayed by a New Zealand woman. This natural gift of technique is backed by an unaffected manner, a placid temperament, and a great love of the game—this last being perhaps one of the premier requirements for success in every sport.

Now a student at the Auckland Teachers' Training College, Ruia lives in Maketu, Bay of Plenty, and is a member of the Arawa tribe. Her graceful, effective style can be traced directly to her Maori lineage. She has an inborn sense of rhythm and a fluid swing controlled by the supple muscles so typical of the Maori.

In many ways, Ruia demonstrates on a tennis court the same case and relaxation that were characteristic of another great Maori sports star, Mrs Moana Pomare (nee Manley), the former national junior backstroke swimming champion and record-holder.

Ruia is only young, but she has at least 11 years of tennis behind her. She first became intrigued with the game when she was eight and played in her first national junior championship when she was 13. This was at Auckland in 1950 and she reappeared each year in the junior division until she became a senior (19 and over) this season.

Two years ago, Ruia was eligible for the newly-created under 17 class but turned down certain title prospects to play in the under 19 grade and thus gained more experience. Last year, she won the national under 19 title, beating Miss Sonia Cox, of Otago, in the final. The previous year, in 1954, she was a semi-finalist in the national senior championships—having beaten Miss Cox in an earlier round. In the national tournament, she was eliminated by the eventual champion, Miss Judy Burke (now Mrs Tinnock).

At the national championships in Christchurch this season she waded through a tough field to make the final. She appeared certain to make history and become the first Maori New Zealand champion as her opponent was her oft-defeated rival. Miss Cox. But Miss Cox played her finest tennis and won a thrilling match, 6–3, 3–6, 7–5.

Two weeks later, Ruia became Auckland champion after some notable matches. The nervousness she showed in the national final was submerged under a real tide of confidence and this was demonstrated most forcefully when she met the New Zealand representative, Miss Elaine

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Becroft, in the semi-finals. She won 6–4, 1–6, 6–4, but was down 1–4 in the last set. It was a remarkable recovery under such tense circumstances.

In the final, Ruia met the English international, Miss Rosemary Bulleid, who had conquered Miss Cox in the other semi-final. The English girl was constantly troubled by Ruia's pace and outed dozens of her opponent's shots which zipped off the court like bullets. The score was 6–4, 6–3.

This winter, Ruia will be playing basketball—she was an Auckland senior representative last year while still at Queen Victoria College—but she really can't wait for next tennis season. She is not entirely devoted to sport and is extremely fond of music, particularly operatic pieces. She also likes modern music and can play a ukelele, “but I'm not very flash at it!”

And how long will Ruia keep playing tennis? “All my life,” she says quickly. “All my life!”

Three Maori people received New Year honours from the Queen. They are Mr Pateriki Hura, a chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa, who was awarded the O.B.E.; Mrs Lucy Atareti Jacob, of Levin; and Flight-Lieutenant Albert L. Tauwhare, formerly of Masterton, both of whom have been awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the British Empire). Flight-Lieutenant Tauwhare received his award in Britain where he is now a member of the Royal Air Force.