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No. 40 (September 1962)
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Sir Turi and Lady Carroll

Sir Turi Carroll, Sixth Maori Knight

Mr Turi (Alfred Thomas) Carroll, O.B.E., of Wairoa, was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (K.B.E.) in the Queen's Birthday Honours last June.

Sir Turi (he has said that he wishes to continue to be known by his Maori name of Turi rather than as Sir Alfred), who was born in 1890 and is a nephew of the great Maori leader Sir James Carroll, has been farming his family's property at Hiramana, Wairoa, all his life. He was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School, Te Aute College and Canterbury Agricultural College, gaining his diploma.

During the First World War he served with the Maori Battalion in France. In 1940 he was awarded the Bledisloe Medal for his work in raising the standard of farming in the Wairoa district.

He has a long record of community service. He was a member of the Wairoa County Council for 32 years and its chairman for over 20 years. He has served on the power, hospital and harbour

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boards, was for eight years president of the A. and P. Association and was Chairman of the Farmers' Union provincial executive.

After the Second World War, Sir Alfred offered 1700 acres of the family property for the rehabilitation of Maori soldiers. He was a member of the district rehabilitation committee.

Awarded the O.B.E. in 1950, he was invested by the Queen during her visit in 1954.

He has been Chairman of the Ngati Kahungunu Tribal Executive for very many years, and was closely associated with the late Major Te Reiwhati Vercoe in the formation of the New Zealand Council of Tribal Executives. At the recent inaugural meeting of this body he was elected as its President, and he is also the Council's nominee to the Board of Trustees of the Maori Education Foundation.

Sir Turi Carroll is the sixth Maori to receive a knighthood; the others are Sir James Carroll, Sir Maui Pomare, Sir Apirana Ngata, Sir Peter Buck, and Sir Eruera Tirikatene.

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Father Henare Tate

Second Maori Catholic Priest

The Rev. Henare Arekatera Tate, who comes from Motuti, near Panguru, was ordained on 30 June as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church. He is the first Maori ever to be ordained for the diocesan priesthood, and the second Maori ever to become a priest.

Hundreds of Maoris from all over the country came to Auckland to be present at Father Tate's ordination and at his first Mass, and then to take part in a Maori reception for him in the Trades Hall in Hobson Street.

This gathering was organized by an Auckland committee headed by Mrs Whina Cooper and Mr W. Hotere, and an estimated 2000 Maoris took part altogether in the various functions.

Father W. Te Awhitu, the first Maori to become a priest, took part in the celebrations, and Father Tate's parents and other members of his family were also among the guests of honour.

Father Tate will be returning to Panguru, in Northland.