The Maori child is always the photographer's favourite subject, and each time for a different reason. Sometimes it is just the beauty of a child, sometimes the free expression of a mood, joyful or serious; while adults mask their moods more or less, it is usually possible to read a child's face. It is certainly easy to read the faces of the children we have pictured here, in four quite different situations.
First Maori professional boxing champion of New Zealand is Sonny Pehi of Tokoroa, who won the heavyweight professional title from Roy Stevens in Kaikohe last August. Sonny Pehi, aged 24, won the amateur heavyweight title in 1956, then turned professional. Since he became champion, he defeated Peter Schmidt in two successive fights. (Photograph: C. Christesen)
Mr T. P. Paikea, M.P. for Northern Maori, with the Minister of Marine, the Hon. W. A. Fox, during an inspection of rock oyster beds at Kaipara Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. The New Zealand rock oyster is also found at the Bay of Islands, Great Barrier Island and Coromandel. The oysters are virtually wholly protected except that some of the northern beds are open for Maoris to secure oysters for their own consumption only, in season. (National Publicity Studios Photo)