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No. 24 (October 1958)
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There were six Maori students among those capped at the recent Auckland University graduation ceremony.

Patrick Wahanga Hohepa, from Hokianga, was awarded his B.A. and is now working for his M.A. in anthropology with the intention of later taking a doctorate overseas. He is also acting as a tutor in the Maori Studies section at the university. He was once awarded a New Zealand University Blue in boxing as the most scientific boxer of the year.

Peter John Gordon, of Gisborne, has also earned his B.A. and is now doing his M.A. in anthropology. He is president of the Auckland University Student's Association and a former president of the University Maori Club. Along with the Ambassador for the United States of America, Peter Gordon was one of the two principal speakers at the Auckland 1958 graduation ceremony. Two years ago, Mr Gordon represented the N.Z. University Student's Association at an international student's conference held in Ceylon.

Miss Josephine Ball was awarded her Diploma of Fine Arts. Miss Ball was educated at Opotiki College where she now holds a teaching post.

Miss Margaret Teaku Sampson also received a Diploma of Fine Arts. Miss Sampson was educated at Waihi College. At present she is a student at Auckland Teacher's Training College.

Mita Robert Hoturoa Henare graduated as a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil). Mr Henare is from Motatau, North Auckland. He is at present a civil engineer in the Railways Department.

Michael Archibald Taylor received his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree. Mr Taylor is working at the Meremere coal-electric Station.

These six Maoris who graduated at Auckland constituted the largest number of Maori students ever to be capped in one year.

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The first Maori student nurse to hold the office of Dominion President of the New Zealand Student Nurse's Association is Miss D. Winterburn of Otaki who is at present training in the Palmerston North Hospital.

Miss Winterburn, who is a third year nurse, is following in the footsteps of her mother, formerly Miss Rangi Wereta, who nursed at Otaki, Wellington and Dunedin before her marriage to Mr J. Winterburn.

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Grants to two Maori institutions are included in the £24,000 which was distributed this year by the T. G. McCarthy Trust. The late Mr McCarthy left the income from a great part of his estate, which is administered by the Public Trustee, to assist educational and charitable institutions in the Wellington province. The two Maori institutions concerned are St Paul's Maori Boy's College (Hato Paora), Parorangi, Feilding, with a grant of £100; and the Roman Catholic Maori Mission Jerusalem, Wanganui River, also with a grant of £100. Since the McCarthy Trust was established in 1912, an amount of over £500,000 has been distributed.

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A meeting of the Nga Iwi District Council of the M.W.W.L. This new group gained second prize at this year's Te Puea Trophy competition, for good work in many of the things the leagues set out to do. (Photo, B. H. Wilson.)