NEWS IN BRIEF
Forty-five student teachers from the Auckland Teachers' College stayed at the Waitetoko Pa this week. Under the leadership of Mr H. Lambert, lecturer in Maori studies, and Miss Nelson, lecturer in physical education, the party was introduced to the communal life of the Maori.
Waihi Pa and other Maori centres as well as homes were visited by the students. They saw young Maoris at lessons and at play at the Tauranga-Taupo Maori School and at the Tokaanu District High School. Their studies ended with visits to Kinleith and Wairakei.
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Three Maori men from Opotiki took up scholarships last May for a short general course of study at Massey College. These are the first of what is hoped will be annual scholarships sponsored by tribal executives in the Opotiki district. This year one of them, awarded to 19-year-old W. Maxwell, of Opotiki, has been given by the Eastern Bay of Plenty Young Farmers' Council. Those to T. Takao, 24 and F. Iopata, 30, have been recommended by the Waimana and Ruatoki tribal executives respectively.
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A committee of Maori lay people has been formed to advise the Bishop of Auckland, the Rt Rev. E. A. Gowing, on the work of the church among Maoris. This was announced by the Archdeacon of Waimate, the Ven. P. Tipene, at a conference of the clergy held at Kaitaia. The committee, the result of a request made of the Bishop at Te Kao recently, would probably comprise one representative from every parish.
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The newly appointed Maori Welfare Officer for Taranaki Mrs D. Walden, began duties last May. She is a school teacher and a well-known basketball selector in Taranaki, and is secretary both of the Wharepuni tribal committee and of the North Ngati Ruanui tribal executive.