News in Brief
EXCITEMENT AT WAIUKU
The Maori community on the Manukau peninsula in the Auckland-Waikato area, is raising money to renovate Tahuna Pa, Waipipi, near Waiuku—one of the oldest inhabited pas in the Auckland district.
The ancient meeting-house and dining-hall are falling to pieces and are almost beyond repair.
A committee has been formed to raise funds to replace these buildings, and if there is sufficient public support a cultural centre for Waiuku Maoris will be incorporated in the new pa.
One aim is to provide suitable premises for a youth club for Peninsula Maoris—a need which leaders of the Ngatiteata tribe have long felt necessary.
The campaign opened recently with a sports day and a feast prepared in the traditional hangi.
Mr Sonny Kaihau, a chief of Ngatiteata, heads the campaign committee. He hopes to provide a Maori queen carnival in Waiuku later this year, and believes that if this first sports day is a success it may become an annual feature of Anniversary Day weekend and be broadened to include a full track and field athletics meeting, combined with a full-scale Maori concert.
MAORIS BECOME DEPUTY-MAYORS
Three Maoris have been appointed deputy-mayors of borough councils in the Horowhenua district, following the recent local body elections. One member of the Maori race contested elections at Levin, Shannon and Otaki. A striking tribute was paid to them when each was returned with more votes than any other candidate, and each has since been appointed deputy-mayor. At Levin, the honour went to Mr Nepia Winiata, who is also the first. Maori ever to be elected to the council. At Shannon, Mr Charles Hill, and at Otaki, Mr Hema Hakaraia, have had the same success.
HONOURS LIST 1957
Two well-known Maori personalities were included in the list of New Year honours awarded by the Queen.
The Rev. Canon Poihipi Mokena Kohere has been awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). Canon Kohere lives at Rangitukia, East Coast. He is a member of a well-known Ngati Porou family. His grandfather, Mokena Kohere, was a member of the Legislative Council. Canon Kohere's brother, the late Reweti Kohere, was also well known.
Canon Kohere is the oldest living Church of England Maori clergyman.
Guide Rangi was the other Maori personality included in the New Year Honours list. She was awarded the M.B.E. (member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). Guide Rangi—in private life Mrs Rangitiri Dennan—said she was deeply grateful for the honour bestowed upon her. She was grateful that people had appreciated her work as a guide. She had always sought the respect of the public for herself as a guide and as a member of the Maori race. She had realised when she started what a wonderful opportunity she had to gain respect and to create understanding and friendship between peoples.
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The recent Junior Chamber of Commerce International conference held in Wellington honoure the Rev. Hohepa Taepa, vicar of Rangiate Church, Otaki, by making him senator of the Junior Chamber International.