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No. 31 (June 1960)
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Whatarangi Winiata, B.Com. (PHOTO EARLE ANDREW).

Rotary Foundation Fellow and Ngarimu V.C. Post-Graduate Scholar

Whatarangi Winiata of Wellington, who in 1957 became the second Maori to graduate from the University of New Zealand with the degree of Bachelor of Commerce, has been awarded a Rotary Foundation Fellowship for the 1960–61 academic year which will take him to the School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan, America.

The significant aim of the fellowship is the fostering of international understanding, for which there will be ample scope at the University of Michigan which has 26,000 students, several thousand of whom are from countries outside the United States of America. This highlights the distinction which Mr Winiata can claim as the first Maori to have ever received this award.

Whilst in America, Mr Winiata will be required to visit the homes of American rotarians, and to address Rotary Clubs wherever possible. He has also been similarly engaged here in New Zealand and will continue to be so until his departure [ unclear: ] n August of this year.

In addition to the Rotary Foundation Fellowship, Whatarangi Winiata has been awarded a post-graduate scholarship by the Ngarimu V.C. Scholarship Fund Board, with which he proposes to continue his studies in America for the 1961–62 and 1962–63 academic years in order to study for his Doctorate of Philosophy in business administration.

On completing his degree in 1957, Mr Winiata was invited by a Wellington firm of accountants to join their partnership when it was thought that he was perhaps the youngest Public Accountant in New Zealand. In the same year he was elected to the Committee of the Wellington Accountant Students' Society, which has a membership of 600, and in 1959 was elected President of the Society. An executive member of the Wellington Branch of the N.Z. Society of Accountants, Whatarangi is also the Auditor for the Maori Women's Welfare League's Dominion Executive. In 1959, Mr Winiata was assistant marker in Cost Accounting for the Bachelor of Commerce degree examinations.

A keen footballer, Whatarangi is a Senior Wellington representative player and a member of the Senior Rugby team of Victoria University. In 1957 he won a Victoria University Rugby blue and has repeated this performance each year since when he has also won a Rugby blue of the N.Z. Universities. Although his main sport of recent years has been football, Whatarangi was successful in winning championship events in athletics whilst attending the Horowhenua College, where he was also Senior tennis champion and held a Horowhenua College Cap in cricket.

Whatarangi's leadership qualities became evident whilst he attended Horowhenua College when he was elected House Captain, College Prefect and Company Sergeant Major; in 1956 he was Top Cadet at the General Service Instructors' Course conducted at Wigram under the Compulsory Military Training scheme. In 1959 he was selected by the National Council of Adult Education to attend the Conference of Young Maori leaders held at Auckland University.

Whatarangi has been an active organiser among

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Maori University students and has helped to arrange National Conferences so that Maori students from all over the Dominion could meet and discuss matters of interest. He is the President of the Victoria University of Wellington Maori Club.

It must be a source of pride to Whatarangi's parents, Mr and Mrs Tamihana Winiata, of Otaki, and to the elders of the Ngati Raukawa tribe that, whilst he has achieved so much in the world of western culture, he has steadfastly retained and increased his connections and interests in Maori organisations and Maori affairs. It is well-known among his friends and associates that Whatarangi is proud of his Maori ancestry and is always ready to acknowledge it. In Maori cultural groups and church, youth and tribal committee activities, he has contributed well and has become thoroughly well-liked by young and old alike. When he leaves for America there will be a host of well-wishers, both Maori and Pakeha, to wish him every success.

Whatarangi Winiata will be an ambassador of the Maori people and of New Zealand of whom any fellow-citizen can feel proud.

Tena koe e whai nei i nga taumata o te matauranga; nou te kaha me te toa mo enei honore kua whakairia nei ki runga i a koe me to iwi Maori. (Translation: Greetings to you in your strivings for the heights of learning; by your determination and courage you have been awarded honours which your Maori people share with you.)