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No. 56 (September 1966)
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Turakina College Expansion

The Presbyterian Church of New Zealand has plans to expand the Turakina Maori Girls' College at Marton, and is making a Dominion-wide appeal for £70,000.

When the project is completed, Turakina will cater for 200 girls, compared with 58 as at present.

The College does not exist merely as another Church boarding school. It is considered to be the greatest missionary work ever undertaken by the Presbyterian Church, and the girls there are still trained to fit themselves to become Christian mothers and good housekeepers.

As one spokesman said:

“Turakina has given, and will continue to give the Maori girl a shelter where she can develop herself, grow confident in what she is, give her a pride in her own culture and language and most important equip her to meet the world on a more equal footing than would otherwise have been the case. This is true racial integration.”

Fellowship Awarded

Mervyn McLean, whose musical transcriptions of Maori chant have been appearing in Te Ao Hou since September 1964, graduated Doctor of Philisophy from Otago University last December, and since that time has been studying in the United States as a Visiting Scholar at Indiana University. At the April meeting of the University Grants Committee he was awarded a Post-doctoral Fellowship which will allow him to study overseas for up to two years.

From February to June 1967 he will be lecturing in the Anthropology Department at Indiana University, where he has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor. After this he plans to return to New Zealand.