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No. 50 (March 1965)
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MAORI CLUBS

here is news of two more flourishing South Island clubs. Information about other clubs will be published in the next issue.

Arai-te-Uru Maori Club Dunedin

There are about 30 regular members of this group. Most are Maoris, but there are also Pakehas, Australians, Indonesians and Lebanese. The club has no religious affiliations.

Members learn Maori cultural activities: poi, action songs, hakas, stick games and waiata. They have their own piupiu and other equipment.

Concerts are given from time to time to raise funds for the Maori Community Centre it is hoped to build; this is planned as a cultural centre and meeting-place to be used by all Dunedin Maoris, and also by Pakeha residents. The club already possesses the section on which the centre is to be built.

They also give their services free of charge on many occasions, such as at civic welcomes and at charity performances.

The club meets every Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the National Party Rooms, High Street, Dunedin. New members are always welcome.

President, Mr Witora Duff; Secretary, Mrs Diana Parsons, 25 District Road, Macandrew Bay.

Te Ropu Maori o Hoani Christchurch

This club was first formed in 1961. Its aims are:

(1)

To foster the revival of the Maori language, art and customs.

(2)

To strengthen and widen friendships with members of other similar clubs.

(3)

To assist existing Maori organisations in every way (for example, to help with the fund-raising campaign for the projected Maori Community Centre in Christchurch).

The club is an Anglican one, but membership is open to people of all denominations. Most members are Maori, but there are also some Pakeha members.

In 1961 and 1962 the club participated in the Maori Convention held on the marae at Tuahiwi, which proved a great success. Later it went on two Mission visits to the West Coast and Temuka, giving concerts while there. Last year, some members attended the Hui Topu at Ngaruawahia, which they found of great interest.

This year there are 34 financial members. Financial membership is 10s a year, though this is not compulsory. Money from this source, together with donations given by various organisations for which the club has performed, goes towards the purchasing of club equipment.

Meetings are held at St. John's Hall, Latimer Square. Practice nights are held on Mondays from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m., and before this, from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., there are classes in the Maori language.

General meetings are held on the first Wednesday in every month.

President: Mrs H. Whisker.

Secretary and Leader: Mrs R. Mackie, 75 Rahera Street, Spreydon.

ngati poneke hall in Wellington is in danger of demolition. The Ministry of Works recently announced that a proposed Government centre will extend over an area which includes the present site of the hall. The Minister of Works, Mr Allen, has told the association that no space will exist in the new centre for a Maori meeting house, but that an alternative site will be made available.

a fabric design employing freely-interpreted Maori motifs has been chosen for use by the leading British fabricmaker Ziki Ascher. It is the work of Mrs Heni Sherratt, sister of Lady Pomare, who lives with her daughter, Mrs H. T. Fletcher of Te Awamutu. Her drawing, a black and white abstract pattern, was sent to Mr Ascher several years ago by Mrs A. M. Steven of Timaru, formerly an art teacher on the East Coast.