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No. 55 (June 1966)
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Mrs Maria Totara


Still Enjoys Gardening

Mrs Maria Totara, 102 last March, was recently given a new light spade by her daughter and son-in-law, Mr and Mrs Duke Waipouri, with whom she lives, at Kaihu, 16 miles north of Dargaville. Mrs Totara loves gardening and would insist on using her old heavy spade.

Mrs Totara is the pride of her family and of the district. Fit and well, she rises near dawn each day to work in her garden. She loves television and is usually last to bed as well as first to rise.

She likes to travel and on 5 March insisted on going to see the new Catholic Maori Centre in Manukau Road which was opened by the Governor - General, Sir Bernard Fergusson.

An Exciting Invitation

The Waioeka Youth Club from near Opotiki was invited to Australia last March by the Mayor of Toowoomba to entertain at the city's 17th annual Carnival of the Flowers.

When the invitation was issued the young, brightly costumed East Coast group were entertaining 140 Australian tourists at the Tamatekapua meeting house. Ohinemutu, Normally, this would have been done by a Rotorua concert party, but the Waioeka Club

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Members of the Waioeka Youth Club performing at Ohinemutu Rotorua Post photo

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were testing themselves out in front of a large audience before performing for the Queen Mother on 30 April.

Ngarimu Scholarships

Nine scholarships were awarded this year by the Ngarimu VC and 28th (Maori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board.

Secondary school scholarships were awarded to Mary Hovell, of Gisborne Girls' High School, and to Frank Walker, of Gisborne Boys' High School. A scholarship awarded last year to Ronald James Lockwood was renewed.

The three new university scholarships awarded this year went to Rhys Michael Barlow (Victoria University of Wellington), Paul Samuel Ngata Howe (University of Waikato) and Deanne Betty Marina Wihongi (Massey University of Manawatu).

Scholarships were continued this year for Susan Lee Brown (Victoria University of Wellington), Eric Woodbine Pomare (University of Otago) and Paratene Ngata (University of Otago).

Representation Essential

The Board of Governors of Taupo nui a Tia College have set up a sub-committee to consult Maori members of the community about Maori representation on the Board.

The chairman of the board, Mr C. S. Currie, said he thought it essential that the Maori people should have a representative on the board to present their viewpoint.

The new sub-committee will seek nominations for the position from members of the Taupo Maori community.

Sculptures for Assembly Hall

Artist Mr Para Matchitt has recently completed work on the new assembly hall of Sacred Heart Girls' College, Hamilton, for which he designed a mural and carved four 18 ft wooden sculptures.

The sculptures have been set in concrete below floor level on either side of the stage. Two of them represent a man and a woman, and the other two, the going out into the world and the division between heaven and earth. They have been left in natural totara colour and blend well with the wood panelled walls and bronze stage curtains.

Speaking of his choice of Maori myth themes, Mr Matchitt said, “It is a subject I have studied deeply and this is a personal interpretation. As such the work has ceased to be straight Maori carving.”

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Mr Para Matchitt with two of the sculptures

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Y.W.C.A. Charm Course

About 50 Maori girls attended Auckland's first all-Maori charm course last March. The course was held by the Y.W.C.A. and was designed mainly for the young girl from the country who had begun to work in Auckland.

Topics in the course included, Eat and be Beautiful, Grooming and Poise, Budgeting in the Big City, What to Wear and When, and Maori Arts, Singing and Dancing.

The tutors were all well known in their fields and included a former Miss New Zealand, Mrs Leonie Yarwood.

Home Again

Maori middleweight boxer, P. Savage, returned to New Zealand in February after spending eight years in Britain.

While in Britain he had only four losses in 36 bouts. He also competed in many wrestling bouts.

For most of the time he worked with the British Railways at Rhondda, a coal mining district in Wales. He intends to settle permanently in New Zealand with his Welsh wife and four children.

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Mr P. Savage with his wife and family Evening Post photo

Tombstone Unveiled

The Rev. Anaru Ngawaka, a chief and spiritual leader of the Rarawa tribe, was honoured on Sunday, 6 March, when his tombstone was unveiled at a ceremony in the Anglican churchyard.

The ceremony was held on the peninsula that the Rev. Joseph Matthews called ‘Mesopotamia’, which lies between the two rivers which form the harbour, the Awaroa and the Rotokakahi.

About 200 people crossed the several hundred yards of water to the graveside in open boats. The Rev. W. N. Patuawa conducted morning service and later Holy Communion, worshippers kneeling at the old-fashioned circular altar rail.

Besides the memorial to Mr Ngawaka, two tombstones commemorating other members of the family were also unveiled.

When the tombstone was revealed from under its glittering pall and feather cloak it displayed an epitaph in classic Maori by the Rev. J. Hadfield. It spoke of the wisdom and chiefly attributes of the leader who was unquestioned chief of the Rarawa tribe.