For the Maori’
king koroki, leader of the Waikato Maori tribes and head of the King movement, has urged his people to take advantage of education as a staff to help them along the road they must travel with the Pakeha. This came in a special message at the end of the celebrations marking the 31st anniversary of his appointment.
Treading the Same Road
King Koroki said he had been particularly gratified that so many Pakeha people had joined their Maori friends at Turangawaewae Pa, Ngaruawahia, at the weekend. It gave point to his remarks made this time last year before the centenary of the Battle of Rangiriri that Pakeha and Maori must tread the same road together into the second century of peace between the two races. ‘But the Maori people need a staff to help them along the way and the best staff of all is knowledge. Therefore I commend to you all, especially the young people, the value of education,’ he said.
The Expression of Maoritanga
The retention of the old culture was, however, dear to his heart and the annual celebrations at Turangawaewae gave an opportunity for the expression of all elements of Maoritanga. Those who had planned and built Turangawaewae and who now rested from their labours would have rejoiced to have seen the thousands who thronged the marae at the weekend.
They would have been pleased to see hospitality still extended to visitors and to know that the arts of oratory and entertainment, together with physical endeavour on the sports field, were still kept at a very high level.
In particular, King Koroki congratulated the young people on their very high standard of behaviour throughout the celebrations.
at last it has been decided that Victoria University in Wellington will teach Maori studies as soon as a lecturer in the subject can be obtained. Professor E. Beaglehole has been appointed temporary head of the Anthropology Department, to which the Maori Studies section will belong.
at this year's annual conference of the Maori Women's Welfare League, Mrs Ruhia Sage of Hamilton was elected the new president. She replaces Mrs M. Hirini, m.b.e., who has served as president for four terms.
New vice-presidents elected were Mrs Miria Logan (Hastings) and Mrs Te A. Potaka (Aotea). Three new members of the national executive were elected: Mrs Nellie Rata (North Auckland), Mrs Sue Murray (Waikato-Maniapoto) and Mrs Lucy Puohotaua (Aotea).
The Princess Te Puea trophy for the best annual report went to the Rotorua District Council, with the Wellington District Council second.
The recently appointed director of the new Rotorua Maori Arts and Crafts Institute is Mr P. H. Leonard, M.B.E. Mr Leonard, a former Rotorua deputy mayor, was for 10 years chairman of the Arawa Trust Board. He is well known as a carver. The institute's chairman is Mr A. M. Linton, mayor of Rotorua. Also on the committee are: Mr R. S. O'Dell (general manager, Tourist and Publicity Department), Mr J. M. McEwen (secretary, Maori Affairs Department), Mr H. H. MacFarlane (Whakarewarewa Maori Committee), Mr H. Rogers (N.Z. Maori Council). The institute plans firstly to develop Whakarewarewa as a first-class tourist area, then to proceed with the much greater task of promoting and teaching traditional arts and crafts.