the ngati awa tribal committee is planning to raise £7,000 to build a new and larger meeting-house on the Waireka marae, on the Whakatone foreshore. They have already raised about £2,000 towards this amount.
the last issue of te ao hou said that when Mr Joe King of Christchurch and his wife represented New Zealand at Sydney's recent world amateur ballroom dancing championship, he was the first Maori to do so. But it is almost impossible these days to keep up with Maori ‘firsts’, and in fact there was another Maori there also. He was twelve-year-old Pierre Bidois of Auckland. Though Pierre and his partner entered only four Australasian events, they won three first places and one third.