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No. 33 (December 1960)
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The Dominion President of the Maori Welfare League was the guest of honour at a luncheon in the P.D.C., Palmerston North, some weeks ago, given by the Ngati Pamutana Branch of the League.

The President, Mrs E. J. Magee, welcomed Mrs Hirini, the Mayoress, Mrs G. M. Rennie, the patroness, Mrs M. Durie, Aorangi, and members representing Maori groups. In reply to Mrs Magee and Mrs Rennie, Mrs Hirini said that it was an honour and a privilege to be with the group. She had lately been travelling throughout the Ngati Pamutana League's district—Otaki. Tokorangi, and Palmerston North, and the direct contact with the Maori groups would be of valuable assistance to the council. This was, she said, the first time a Dominion President had visited the area and it was her intention to tour the whole of New Zealand.

“We must be of one mind,” said Mrs Hirini, “pull the canoe and forge ahead with the work for the betterment of the Maori people. New Zealanders are one people and we must work to that end.”