The marae at Ranana on the Wanganui River became a mass of tents at Easter when nearly 900 Maoris from the Wellington area and Christchurch gathered there for the Catholic Hui Aranga or Festival of the Resurrection. Held at a different mission centre each year, the Hui Aranga comprises religious, cultural and sporting activities. This view shows the visitors' accommodation and the large white entertainment marquee. Competitors are lined up in their club colours for the parade of athletes.
YOUTH RALLIES FOR WORSHIP AND SOCIAL ACTIVITY
One of several religious Maori youth meetings last Easter was the Roman Catholic Hui Aranga at Ranana, Wanganui River. The weather was dreadful and the road almost inaccessible, yet there was an attendance of 900 and the programme, religious and social, was full and satisfying. Teams from Christchurch, Wellington, Otaki, Levin, Feilding, Hawera, Hastings, Kaiwhaiki and Ranana competed in action songs, Maori oratory, choir events, religious quiz, haka, poi, Rugby, tennis, table tennis and basketball. Wellington won (Ngati Riatana), with Levin a very close second.
Father P. J. Cleary, S.M., director of Maori missions in the New Zealand archdiocese, said the spiritual results of the hui were real but often intengible and unmeasurable.
Leading Maori personalities of the hui were Mr Bob Tapa and Mr Hemi Bailey as organizers, Mr G. Whakarau, as chief warden, Mr Rangi Wilson as chief caterer, Mr Tane Nikora and Mr Hori Brennan.
Mr Rangi Wilson, Director of cooking and catering, stands with some of his helpers ready to plunge wire baskets of potatoes into the boiling coppers used to cook them.