NEWS IN BRIEF ….
The first girl from Hukarere Maori Girls' College, Napier, to be awarded an American Field Service Scholarship and the only one from Napier this year is 16-year-old Marama Paewai.
The final confirmation of the award, with details of where she will be staying and when she will leave for U.S.A., came recently after a wait of nearly a month since she first received notification of her success.
Marama, a half-sister to a former outstanding Rugby player, Dr M. N. Paewai, will leave Auckland on August 24 by plane to spend a year in the United States. In San Francisco she will be met by officials of the Field Scholarship Organisation and will be taken to her home for the year which will be in Des Moines, Iowa.
There she will attend Roosevelt High School as a pupil in what is equivalent to Form 6A in New Zealand. During the year she will be expected to address various organisations on aspects of New Zealand life.
Marama Paewai's home is in Dannevirke. She has been a pupil of Hukarere College for some years now. She was dux of the school last year, is captain of the school basketball team, and is head prefect.
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Some three thousand people attended the Hui Topu of the Waipu Diocese at Manutuke, Gisborne, last May.
The Hikurangi party from the Ruatoria district won all the cultural and choral competitions excepting the Senior Cultural section, which was won by Turanganui of Gisborne.
Results of the competitions were: Junior choirs: Hikurangi 1, Waiapu 2. Senior choirs: Hikurangi 1. Whangara 2, Te Ngae 3. Junior Cultural: Hikurangi 1, Waiapu 2, Te Reinga 3. Senior Cultural: Turanganui 1, Hikurangi and Waiapu equal 2, Waipatu 3.