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No. 28 (September 1959)
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SPORTS

SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR

The Maori people have been strongly moved by the controversy regarding the football team about to tour South Africa. In fact, it has been the main topic of conversation. So much has been said that it is hard to think of anything new.

Perhaps the most striking lesson in the affair is that the modern world is one and indivisible and that the actions of one country tend to deeply influence what happens in another.

Nobody has asked so far what seems to us a very interesting question: just who are the South African Negroes whose problems are the cause of all the discussion? We think people should known more about them. We are therefore intending to publish a major feature to describe the life and culture of the modern South African Negro. We hope to get a world famous author to do this: Mr Alan Paton, supreme interpreter of the Negro, who wrote ‘Cry and Beloved Country’ is to prepare an article for the magazine which should be of the greatest interest to our readers.

E. S.

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K. Mildon (wrestling name: Keita Heretana) at his Hamilton match, shortly after turning professional (Crown Studios photograph)

MAORI WRESTLING CHAMPION

Keita Meretana, from Wairoa, has recently become a professional wrestler. His wrestling career started in 1952, when he was awarded the trophy for the most scientific wrestler in Gisborne. Since then he has trained for some years in Wellington. Last Queen's Birthday weekend he defeated the Australian, Ricky Wallace, in Auckland, after first wrestling a draw with him at Hawera on May 30. These two bouts were Keita's professional debut. He has joined Jack Bence, the leader of the team which visited New Zealand earlier this year. Keita is 26 years old and weighs 16 stone 6 lbs.

He is a nephew of Ike Robin, the first professional wrestling champion of New Zealand. Ike Robin, who now lives at Kohupatiki Pa, Clive, was famous as a wrestler of prodigious strength—he could outlift and out-stay any other two men. Ike Robin was well-known also in a number o fother sports—throwing the hammer, putting the shot, tossing the caber—and of course his achievements at the shearing board have also been very noted. In his later years, Ike Robin became an outstandingly successful shearing contractor.