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No. 49 (November 1964)
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MAORI CLUBS

here is news of some more Maori clubs; information about other ones will be published in the next issue. Meanwhile—if you are a club secretary and have not yet given Te Ao Hou details of your club, please send us a note. Te Ao Hou's address is P.O. Box 2390, Wellington.

Ngati Poneke Young Maori Club Wellington

The club is interdenominational, and all persons interested are cordially invited to come along to any of the practice evenings.

The club, a branch of the Ngati Poneke Association, has been in existence without a break since 1936. Meetings are held every Monday evening from 8.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. in its clubrooms in the Hotel Cecil Buildings, Lambton Quay. Members practice choir work, action songs, poi and haka, and stick games. During the evening supper is served.

The club is most active in entertaining different groups and organisations, and performs publicly in aid of a wide variety of worthy causes, as it is felt that such performances can do much to further mutual under-standing, both cultural and social, between Maori and Pakeha.

In the Wellington Competitions Society Festival this year, Ngati Poneke won the £100 first prize in the ‘Dominion’ Maori Choir Contest and was placed second in the action song section. At last October's Coronation Celebrations at Ngaruawahia, the club won the modern choir contest.

During the past year other activities have included several interesting talks on Maori subjects by the Rev. K. Ihaka, and a number of instructional talks on the Maori language by Mr R. Bristowe.

Altogether, the club's busy programme for the past year included 25 concerts, 25 other functions, and attendance at the weddings of four members and former members.

Recently the club received a grant of £150 from the Maori Purposes Fund Board to assist in the purchase of new piupiu.

Committee members: Mr F. B. Katene (president), Mr D. T. Manunui (vice-president), Mr W. C. Nathan (secretary), Mrs M. Thompson (treasurer), Mrs J. Ferris, Mrs L. Nikora, Miss J. Albert, Mr K. Nikora, Mr W. Gray, Mr B. Hammond, Mr M. Taylor. Men's leader: Mr D. T. Manunui. Women's leader: Mrs C. Kite. Choir conductor: Mr B. Rourangi.

Address for correspondence: The Secretary, P.O. Box 3674, Wellington.

Ngati Hamutana Hamilton

This club was originally founded in 1933 by a group of Maori and Pakeha (among them, the late Dame Hilda Ross), with the object of promoting closer social relations and better understanding between the two races in the Hamilton district. The constitution states that one of the aims of the club is to work toward the building of a Maori community centre which is to be for the use of both Maori and Pakeha. During the war the club was inactive, but it was re-formed some 12 years ago.

At present there is an action-song and choral group with about 30 active members, and there are also many more financial members who take part in such other cultural and sporting activities as lectures on subjects of Maori interest, basketball, badminton, bowls, rugby and league football.

Most members are Maori, but there are many Pakeha members also; this year, as it happens, half of the members of the club's executive are Maori and half of them are Pakeha.

Among its other activities, the club is actively concerned with raising funds for its projected community centre.

Last August, Ngati Hamutana, together with members of Hamilton's Jaycees (and with the sponsorship of Waikato Breweries), organised the outstandingly successful Hamilton Maori Cultural Festival at which competing teams from far and near performed before packed audiences.

The club's practice nights are held every Tuesday evening at Frankton Town Hall.

President and Secretary: Canon Wi Huata, 326 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton.

Vice-president: Mr J. Mitchie.

what other word than the over-worked ‘Integration’ can be used to describe Wikitoria, the Victoria University Maori Club? The president, Geoff Henry, is a Cook Islander, the treasurer, Paul Reiher, is a Gilbertese Islander of German descent, the secretary, Mac Burt, is a Pakeha, the club captain Pae Ruha, is a Maori. Amongst others on the committee is a young man of Dutch descent.