PEOPLE AND PLACES
Thoroughly enjoying their task of cutting the cake at the recent Ruatoki School 70th Jubilee celebrations are Mrs U. Timeha and Mrs N. Black. They were two of four old pupils present at the celebrations who had attended the first classes at the school when it was opened in 1896.
Artist's Trip Overseas
Mrs Eve Magee, of the Ngati Kahungunu tribe, presents her painting of Florence Nightingale's home in London to Mrs William Mason Smith, Jr. of New York City, a member of the National Board of the Young Women's Christian Association, and vice-chairman of its International Division. The kiwi cloak Mrs Magee is wearing was loaned by the New Zealand Consulate in New York.
An old pupil of Hukarere College, Mrs Magee (Eve White) had two exhibitions in Palmerston North to help realise her ambition to go to Italy to study the language, the history of art, and to attend the Academy of Art at Perugia. It was a very rewarding experience, and she hopes that as a result she will have a deeper feeling for the spiritual significance of her own work in depicting a way of life as lived in New Zealand by her Maori people.
Mrs Magee visited well known galleries in Germany, and also saw the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris. She held successful exhibitions in Rome, and at New Zealand House, London, where her painting of Ngaruawahia Pa will be hung in the gallery room.
The Pan Pacific South East Asian Association sponsored her exhibition at Lexington Avenue, New York. It also was a success.
Hangi in Malaysia
Privates T. Honatana, from Bay of Plenty, M. P. Gerrard, of Gisborne, and Lance-Corporal P. Paul of Rotorua, agree that hangi-cooked pork is as near a national dish as any Kiwi could get—or even want.
The First Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, stationed at Camp Terendak, near Malacca, decided to repay the Malaysian hospitality they have enjoyed since their arrival, by a hangi meal and a concert for their friends. Both events were well received.
The soldiers and their wives who had worked long hours preparing for the day kept up the tradition of Kiwi resourcefulness — hangi stones did not come from New Zealand, but the food tasted just as good!
A new factory, referred to by the Minister of Works, Mr P. B. Allen, as a ‘milestone in Maori history’ was opened at Rotorua on 25 June 1966. It is the Mitchell Clothing Manufacturing Company Limited's new factory in Lake Road, Koutu.
Mr Allen congratulated the three director-shareholders, Mr McKenzie Mitchell, Mr Ariariterangi Mitchell and Mr Peter Bird on their achievement, saying that although there were many Maori land owners and farmers
The photograph shows Mr M. Mitchell, the Manager, being congratulated by Mr Allen immediately after the official opening.
Oldest Rapaki Resident
Seen here on the road high above the pa is Henare Rangi Tawhiao Pipeta, Te-whekehapu of the Ngaitahu people. Aged 86, he is the oldest man at Rapaki.
He served in World War I, and has led an active life, retiring from work as a roadsman only two years ago.
With Mr Pipeta is a dog belonging to Mr Arthur Couch, his nephew. Mr Couch is overseas visiting his son Donald, who graduated M.A., Dip.Ed. from Canterbury University, and is now lecturing in Geography at the University of British Colombia.
Receiving the Ahuwhenua trophy from the Member of Parliament for Western Maori, Mrs J. Ratana, is Mr E. R. Tamati, a Bell Block farmer. Mr Tamati won the award for the best Maori farmer in the dairy section of this New Zealand-wide competition. Mr Tamati was the first farmer in Taranaki to win the trophy.
‘It is a credit to Mr Tamati and his people that he is not a farmer under the supervision of the Department of Maori Affairs. This has demonstrated what young farmers can do on their own initiative to achieve a high standard of farming,’ said Mrs Ratana.
The Muru Raupata concert party, which is usually led by Mr Tamati, presented a special action song dedicated to his success and the success of his people.
Another young Maori farmer Mr T. P. Manu, received the third prize in the contest's dairy section from Mrs Ratana.
Money for Home Trip
Wayne Day of Opotiki, a first year panel-beating apprentice at Christchurch, puts the final polish on his money box.
These money boxes, made from a flat piece of metal, are the first articles made by the apprentices. There is only one opening and it is just the right size for florins.
The plan is that over the year the boxes will be filled and that just before they leave for their Christmas holiday, the boys will break open their boxes and have pocket money for the boat trip home.
Entertaining in Australia
At the end of June the Te Pataka entertainers commenced a three month season at Sydney's Kings Cross-Rex Hotel, and danced in the street outside the new Tiki Bar. The first in Australia with an exclusively Maori decor, the bar was constructed to cater for the large number of New Zealand visitors and residents in the Kings Cross area. It is decorated with replicas of traditional Maori weapons and carvings, large photo murals of Maori community life and colour reproduction of New
Paratene Ngata of Tolaga Bay is the recipient of one of the scholarships awarded by the Ngarimu V.C. and 28th (Maori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board.
He is now studying medicine at the University of Otago after receiving his secondary education at St. Stephen's School.
Paratene is a son of Paraone Waahu Ngata and a great-grandson of Hoani Ngata, half-brother of Sir Apirana Ngata.
First Turakina Graduate
Miss Georgina Manunui who completed her degree studies last year and has now graduated B.A. from Victoria University of Wellington is the first old girl of Turakina Maori Girls' College to do so.
After boarding at Turakina from 1956 to 1959, Georgina attended Auckland Girls' Grammar School in 1960 and 1961. She has spent the last three years at Victoria majoring in English.
Georgina belongs to the Ngati Tuwharetoa and Arawa tribes, and her father is George Manunui of Waitahanui.