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No. 45 (December 1963)
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Mr J. M. McEwen,
New Secretary for
Maori Affairs

Mr J. M. McEwen has recently been appointed Secretary for Maori Affairs and Maori Trustee. He succeeds Mr J. K. Hunn who some months ago was appointed Secretary for Defence.

Mr McEwen is widely known among the Maori people. As a child he had many Maori friends, and from this time he has had very close ties with the Maori people. He is a foundation member of the Ngati-Poneke Association, and has been closely associated with its development. Over the years he has taken part in a great many Maori activities, and is the president of the newly-founded Mawaihakona Maori Club in the Upper Hutt. His wife, who also has a great interest in Maori matters, is president of the Wellington district council of the Maori Women's Welfare League, and also of the Awa-Kairangi Branch of the League.

Wide Knowledge of Maoritanga

His love of Maori culture dates from his early childhood. He speaks Maori fluently, and is an expert carver. Many people have said that there must be few Maoris today who have as wide a knowledge of Maoritanga as Mr McEwen. When the standard Maori dictionary was revised a few years ago, Mr McEwen was secretary of the committee responsible for this. For some years he has been president of the Polynesian Society.

He joined the Maori Affairs Department in 1935 after having worked for a private law firm in Palmerston North, and from 1941 to 1944 he served in the Army. In 1946 he gained his LL.B. at Victoria University. He returned to the Maori Affairs Department, and was appointed research officer in 1948. He became assistant controller of the trusts, titles and claims division in 1950. In 1953 Mr McEwen was appointed Resident Commissioner in Niue Island and in 1956 he became assistant secretary for Island Territories. In 1958 he was appointed Secretary for Island Territories. He

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Mr J. M. McEwen.

speaks Rarotongan and the language of Niue, and has as well some knowledge of Samoan. He has a deep interest in all things Polynesian, both past and present.

At 48, he is one of the youngest men ever to be appointed Secretary for Maori Affairs.

HERE IS A MESSAGE
FROM MR McEWEN

E nga iwi, e nga hapu, e nga reo, e nga huihuinga tangata, e noho mai na i runga i nga marae a o tatou tupuna matua, i te Ika-a-Maui me te Waipounamu whiti atu ki te Wharekauri, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou.

Tena koutou me o tatou tini aitua e hinga atu nei e hinga mai na i runga i o tatou marae maha, kua whetu-rangitia ratou no reira e nga mate haere, haere, haere.

E aku rangatira tena koutou. Pupu ake ana te aroha, te hari me te koa i te puna o te ngakau no te mea kua whakawhiwhia ahau ki te taonga nei a i whai huarahi ai ahau ki te hoki mai ano ki waenganui i a koutou otira me penei ake kua hoki mai ano ahau ki te Ukaipo.

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E raurangatira, ma ahakoa e akitia ana tatou e nga ngaru nunui e pupuhitia ana e nga hau kikino e uangia ana e te ua i runga i te ahuatanga o enei ra; hei aha atu: engari anga atu o tatou tinana me o tatou wairua ki te arai atu i enei mea e whakamamae nei i a tatou. Otira me tahuri tatou i runga i te rangimarie me te whakaaro kotahi ki te hanga i tetahi kaupapa kia au ta tatou noho a kia mahue tika iho o tatou uri whakatupu.

E aku hoa rangatira me pehea ra e oti ai? Ma te noho? Ma te moemoea? Ma te wawata? Kahore! Ma te werawera; ma te puku mahi; ma te manawa pa, ma te ngakau tahi, me te manawanui e tupu ake ai te ora me te pai mo te iwi.

Me penei ake te ki: ‘Nau te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora te manuhiri.’

No reira e aku hoa awhi pono tatou ki a tatou, whakatikatika i a tatou ki te whakamatautau a kokiritia me te tohe tonu kia whiwhi tatou ki nga hua rangatira o te ao hou.

Otira e te iwi taro ake nei ka kite a kanohi tatou a ka tae atu ta koutou mokai ki waenganui i a koutou kia taututaki tatou i runga i nga marae ki kona tatou mihi ai, poroporoaki ai ki a ratou ki te hunga kua mene atu ki te po a kia korero tahi tatou me te whakawhitiwhiti whakaaro ano hoki mo nga ahuatanga o te wa.

Kei mea koutou he aroha kirimoko te aroha mo koutou, kao, no te whatu manawa tonu.

Ma te Runga rawa koutou e manaaki mana ano hoki e whakato te purapura pai ki tena ki tena o tatou.

Heoi ano,
Na ta koutou mokai

J. M. McEwen


Tumuaki o te Tari Maori

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The anthropologist Dr I. H. Kawharu is back in New Zealand after spending the greater part of the past twelve months in South East Asia, Italy and England. Seconded from the Department of Maori Affairs, he has been engaged in United Nations work connected with technical assistance to under-developed countries.

Dr Kawharu carried out extensive research on Maori land tenure in 1961 and 1962, and later, at Oxford University, received a doctorate for his thesis on this subject. His 100,000 word report on the consequences of the individualisation of Maori land titles, and recent trends in supervised credit is expected to be made available in New Zealand soon.