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No. 26 (March 1959)
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During celebrations held at Turangawaewae pa, Ngaruawahia, to mark the 25th anniversary of the accession of King Koroki, hundreds of young Maoris competed enthusiastically for the sports trophies.

Wednesday, October 8, the actual anniversary date of King Koroki's accession, was set aside for more formal events and discussions involving largely tribal elders and leaders.

A long and varied list of matters was raised by the Maori speakers. The matters raised included Maori land laws and Maori housing. Speakers also spoke against the principle of sending a rugby team to South Africa from which Maori rugby players were barred.

The Acting Prime Minister and Acting Minister of Maori Affairs, Mr Skinner, attended on that day. Speeches of welcome were given by the Rev. N. K. Kukatai (Lower Waikato), the Rev. Heemi Rihimona, Ngaruawahia, and Mr H. Piahama, of Tauranga, following the traditional reception.

There were no fewer than 42 basketball teams, 24 rugby teams, four rugby league teams and 200 competitors in the indoor bowls section. On the marae there was a display of hakas, poi dances and action songs, with a special programme by students of the Auckland Training College which lasted for an hour.

Results were: Basketball—A grade, Coronation Cup final: Aotearoa (Auckland) 15, Rotorua 6. B grade, Te Puea Cup final: Pirongia 57, Taniwharau 7. C grade: Whakarewarewa (Rotorua) won the Taupiri Coronation Cup.

Rugby — Seniors, Coronation Shield final: Rangatahi (Tuakau) 35, Taranaki 5.

Rugby League—Final of Tonga Mahuta Memorial Shield: Waikato 8, Tahamoana (Auckland) 6.

Hakas, Pois and Action Songs—Kaitaia College won the Te Rauangaanga Trophy for youth clubs.