More than 1,000 guests attended the double reception at the Waipatu marae Hastings on Saturday, June 8, which followed the weddings of two cousins, Miss Isabel Whatarau, the well-known singer who toured Australia with the Maori concert party last year, and Miss Thelma Kahui Mareikura.
Isabel is the second eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs James T. Whatarau. Clive; the bridegroom was Peter, eldest son of Mr and Mrs John Cowan, Feilding.
Thelma is the second eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Paul Mareikura, Waipatu; the bridegroom was Donald Sydney, eldest son of Mrs P. Edwards, Bridge Pa and Mr Albert Collier, Hamilton.
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Among the nurses to graduate at the recent graduation at Hawera Public Hospital was staff nurse Olive Broughton, thought to be the first local Maori to graduate at the Hawera Hospital.
The superintendent, Dr Berry, remarked that of the three graduates, one was an old New Zealander…a Maori…one a new New Zealander…Dutch…and one a pakeha New Zealander.
An association of ‘Friends of Turakina Maori Girls’ College’ was launched recently with Miss M. Middlemis of Marton as secretary. The association, which has over 300 members will carry out work similar to Parent-Teachers' Associations and is at present raising money for basketball courts, and a new front fence.
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Guide Rangi was invested with the cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.) by the Governor-General, Sir Willoughby Norrie at the investiture held recently at Government House, Auckland. At the same investiture. Canon Poihipi Kohere, the 81 year old vicar from Tikitiki, was invested with the O.B.E.
Guide Rangi appeared at the investiture in bare feet, flax skirt, kiwi cloak, a feather in her red scarf headdress and carry a Maori kit.
“I came as a Maori so I dressed as a Maori,” she said. To questioners at the investiture she explained that her costume and accessories were all hand-made. She felt it appropriate to wear them for the occasion as they represented the handcraft of the Maori people.
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