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No. 49 (November 1964)
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The Field is Open

In the United States there is of course a great deal of ignorance about New Zealand. Nevertheless amongst educated Americans there is lively interest in our country. Negroes in particular ask searching questions about race relationships and the present state of Maori cultural preservation. Te Arohanui Concert Party by its personal and television appearances has stirred a glimmering of interest in Maori culture and entertainment, and the field is open for other cultural groups to follow the lead of this party. The Americans are partial to spectacular and unusual entertainment and persons experienced in the entertainment world with whom I spoke feel that properly produced presentations of Maori entertainment would be well received.

Capta'n Alan Armstrong, Te Ao Hou's record critic, is at present studying in the United States.