The Rev. Arthur John Seamer, who for twenty years was general superintendent of the Methodist Maori mission, died in Hamilton recently, aged 85.
Mr Seamer, who retired in 1941, is survived by a son and a daughter.
Dr Peter Tapsell of Rotorua, a specialist in rheumatoid arthritis, recently attended the annual conference in Sydney of the Australian Rheumatism Association, being the only New Zealand surgeon invited to attend.
Two years ago, Dr Tapsell started the country's first rheumatoid arthritis unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Rotorua. This invitation is a recognition of the progress which the unit is making.
A group known as the Maharaia Maori Culture Group has been formed at a meeting at Judea Pa, Tauranga. Named after the late Dr Maharaia Winiata and inspired by his ideas, the group's main objective is the preservation of Maori culture.
Mr Charles Moihi Bennett, the former New Zealand High Commissioner to Malaya and the only Maori to have headed a diplomatic post, recently attended, with Mrs Bennett, celebrations in Kuala Lumpur in connection with the establishment of Malaysia. They were the special guests of the Malayan Government.
After this Mr and Mrs Bennett visited Formosa as the guests of the Chinese National Government.