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No. 17 (December 1956)
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Mr Kiwa Graham, the warden, plays the piano at the youth club.


In a large provincial town like Hamilton, with a Maori population of 1,000, a tribal committee is no longer the family affair it is in a Maori country community; on the other hand, problems are not yet as complex as in a large city like Auckland. The committee in Hamilton has taken an interest in a community hall, a youth club, adult education, the showing of health films, e.g., on T.B.; members have served on an all Maori jury, and much attention has also been given to discouraging excess drinking, stopping misbehaviour in railway huts, and helping to rehabilitate boys at the Waikeria hostel. It is always only a few people who cause trouble, but much depends on the vigour with which trouble is met. One person who disregarded the tribal committee's conviction was later brought before a magistrate's court and served with a prohibition order. Since then, the committee has had and used the necessary authority in the district.

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Te Hamutana Tribal Committee. (PHOTO: CHARLES HALE.)