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No. 52 (September 1965)
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TE WHARE WANANGA O WAIKATO
ME TE IWI MAORI

Te Reo o Te Kanawa

When the Governor-General opened the University of Waikato, na tana wero:

‘This is the first New Zealand University to be planted right here in the heart of traditionally Maori country. I would like to see set high among the ambitions of this university a resolve to establish a Maori faculty. I have always thought it was tragic, even scandalous perhaps would not be too strong a word, that Sir Peter Buck, Te Rangihiroa, had to go to Hawaii for the pursuit of his Polynesian studies. Surely here is a proper centre for a Maori university within a university. I do not mean separate, but part of the whole, for Maori and European alike, to kindle a new appetite among both, for the study of Maori culture, anthropology, psychology, language and the rest—for the study of each other too.

‘And even more important, this faculty should be a bright new dynamo for Maori education generally.’

He tao rakau ka taea te karo He tao kupu kore rawa.

E Tipu E Rea…

Since the Maori Education Foundation was established we have begun to realize that a university education is possible for all those who have the ability and are prepared to work. But still too few Maoris are coming into our universities to prepare themselves for full participation in, and service to, the community.

The Waikato University is young in years and is building its own curriculum on the needs of New Zealanders as members of a vast Pacific community. The university occupies a central position in the North Island and a strategic position in the heart of Maoridom.

The Maori people now have a great opportunity to build up close associations with the new University of Waikato, by making a significant contribution to the Waikato University Halls of Residence Appeal.

If we unite at every level, we can ensure that the Maori community target of £30,000 is quickly attained. A Maori Control Committee with Mr Michael Rotohiko Jones, O.B.E. as chairman, and Mr Haratua Rogers as deputy-chairman, has been appointed with power to institute and co-ordinate a drive for this contribution. By giving we can demonstrate that we have a real and practical interest in the needs of our people for university education.

Te Kohanga

On its part the University of Waikato has already approved, at all levels, the broad concept of a Centre of Maori Culture, which would not only include the study of Maoritanga within the broad context of Polynesian anthropology, but also an active direct link with the Maori people.

This is the ‘dynamo’ which the Governor challenged the university and the Maori people to join together and create.

Let us accept this challenge and back it with our contributions.

Tau Rourou—Taku Rourou

At the tribal level. Trust Boards and Incorporations are all invited to make direct grants to the campaign. At the community level the local branches of the Maori Council Welfare and Health Leagues, Marae and Hall Committees, Cultural, Youth and other social groups, Church bodies etc. could organize community fund raising projects; while at the individual level, families and single individuals could make direct contributions to the campaign fund through the Central Committee. All contributions that are promised this year will carry the maximum subsidy and where convenient may be spread over a period of five years. With subsidy the Maori contribution of £30,000 will be worth £150,000 and provide accommodation for a minimum of 75 students.

E te iwi kia kaha mai ra ki ta tatou taonga…. Ka Hao te Rangatahi

TATAU TATAU

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SELECTION BOARDS

All candidates first go through a simple selection routine conducted by the area Naval Recruiter.

Short service selections are held once a year in December. Write to your nearest Naval Recruiter for full details:

Auckland: Palmerston Buildings, 47 Queen Street; Wellington: 147 Manners Street; Christchurch: 53 Cathedral Square: Dunedin: 16 Manse Street.