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No. 28 (September 1959)
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NEWS IN BRIEF …

An Auckland Maori girl, Miss Anna Paul, has been engaged to do a world tour with a professional dancing troupe. Miss Paul is the daughter of the late Lt. Lou Paul, the well-known Auckland broadcasting announcer.

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An adult education course in Maori arts and crafts is being held at Oruawhara marae, near Wellsford. Convened by the local women's institute, the class is taught piupiu-making, and weaving of mats and kits, under the tutorship of Mrs H. C. Paikea.

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Maureen Erihi, a 14-year-old blind Maori girl together with a 13-year-old pakeha girl won the recent talent quest at the Auckland Maori Community Centre. Maureen (guitar) and Lynette Brown (ukelele) shared the £100 prize.

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The Maori language has been added to the Dargaville High School curriculum following discussion with the Oturei tribal committee which organizes classes in co-operation with the Auckland Regional Council of Adult Education.

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Maoris are breaking into Australian television. Iineteen-year-old Rama White, from Tokomaru Bay, has made television appearances in Sydney and then joined the Everley Brothers, a trio including Johnny Devlin. The Howard Morrison quartet (Howard and Laurie Morrison, Tai Eru and Jerry Merito) have also left for engagement in Melbourne.

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The wedding of Pari Te Ua, daughter of the chief Te Kani Te Ua, to Napi Walker, son of Mr D. Walker of Rotorua, held at Pohoorawiri marae, Gisborne, recently was attended by 900 guests.

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Miss Jon Berghan and Miss Betty Thompson have been awarded American Field Service scholarships for study in United States schools. Both are in the sixth form at Kaitaia College, and of Aupouri descent.