mr tupona charlie hopa has retired after 30 years' voluntary service as a warden on the Turangawaewae marae. Mr Hopa, who has acted as guide to a great many prominent visitors to the marae, began his service under King Rata Mahuta at Wahi Pa. Transferred to Turangawaewae by Princess Te Puea, he was promoted to Sergeant, and later spent two years as judge of law on the marae. After Princess Te Puea's death, Mr Hopa continued as a warden under King Koroki. He is a member of King Koroki's Council.
Mr Hopa belongs to Ngati Wairere, Ngati Koroki and Ngati Huau. He married Miss Teata Tutahi of Ngati Apakura, and they have ten children.
mathew pine, a talented sculptor who comes from Wanganui, is at present in his second year as a student at Hornsey College of Art, London. He is doing a post-graduate course in sculpture and architectural design, and hopes to remain there for another year. College reports on his work have been excellent.
Mathew, who is aged 24, is studying under a bursary provided by the Maori Education Foundation. Before leaving New Zealand he gained his diploma of fine arts.