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No. 45 (December 1963)
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The First Maori midshipman in the New Zealand navy is John Stewart Kiri Kiri, who has recently returned from a period of overseas training.

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The Maori village opened recently at the Polynesian Cultural Centre at Hawaii is easily the most eye-catching of the six model villages at the Centre. (The other villages are Hawaiian, Tongan, Samoan, Fijian and Tahitian.) The Polynesian Cultural Centre, which is considered to be the greatest tourist attraction. Hawaii has had to offer in recent years, has been built by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and all profits will go to provide students from other Church schools in Polynesia with scholarships to the Church College of Hawaii.

Much of the carving to be seen in the Maori village was done at Temple View, near Hamilton. The man responsible for the general supervision of the building of the village is John Elkington of Porirua, who with his wife (the former Waitohi Wineera of Porirua), and others in the group, has been spending some months in Hawaii attending to the final erection of the village. The Te Arohanui Maori Concert Party, whose members come from all over New Zealand, spent two weeks at the Centre during the opening, afterward going on a tour of the United States.