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No. 56 (September 1966)
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Maori Leaders Receive
Queen's Birthday

A Northlander and two Bay of Plenty Maori leaders have received honours from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in recognition of their service to the Maori people.

Mr J. C. Henare

Lt-Col James Clendon Henare, D.S.O., was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.).

Descended from a distinguished family, Colonel Henare has European blood from the Clendon family, who were among the earliest settlers in the Bay of Islands. Another of his ancestors was the Ngapuhi chief Kawiti.

Enlisting in the Maori Battalion early in World War II, he gained a commission and rose to command the Battalion and be awarded the D.S.O.

His interests cover a wide field of political, economic and welfare work, and he is a member of 25 organisations, among them the Waitangi National Trust Board, the Board of Maori Affairs, the National Council of Maori Education and the Rehabilitation Board.

Colonel Henare is president of the New Zealand Maori Battalion Association, and is a long standing member of the Kawakawa R.S.A. He is a member of the Kawakawa Church of England Parochial Vestry, and has been closely associated with tribal committees for many years.

Mr R. Te T. Kingi

A chief of the Arawa tribe, Mr Raniera Te Tawhiti Kingi—widely known as Dan King—became an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.).

At the age of 30, Mr Kingi was appointed Secretary of the Arawa Trust Board when it was inaugurated in 1924. He remained in office for 21 years, until ill health, the result of his service in World War I, forced him to give up the job.

When corporate control of Maori lands was initiated, Mr Kingi became chairman of the Warenga Incorporation. He was also involved in prepatory work for the formation of the Ngati-Whakaue Incorporation, now the biggest incorporation north of Gisborne.

He is at the moment serving as a member of the Arawa Trust Board.

Mr J. F. Boynton

Mr John Frederick Boynton, a member of one of the oldest-established families in the Waimana district, was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.). Mr Boynton is a member of the New Zealand Maori Council and the Waiariki District Land Committee. He is also on the executive of the Waiariki District Council and is deputy chairman of the Tuhoe Trust Board.

He was secretary of the Eastern Tuhoe Maori executive for 14 years and is currently a member of several Maori committees.

A Whakatane Rugby representative in his younger days, Mr Boynton has retained his connection with the sport, and is a life member of the Waimana Rugby Club.

He is a Justice of the Peace.

New Committee Formed

Recently an Educational Advancement Committee was formed at Mangakino under the auspices of the Mangakino-Pouakani Maori Executive. The chairman is Mr B. Whitiwhiti and Mrs Terena Berryman is the secretary.

A similar Committee has also been set up at Hamilton, bringing the number of such groups to seven. Wanganui, Hawera, Patea-Waverley, New Plymouth and Taumarunui all have Educational Advancement Committees.

Receptionist Training

Rotorua Maori girls are to be flown to Surfers' Paradise to be trained as receptionists in the new luxury Beachcomber Tiki Village Hotel.

The first six girls selected were due to fly to Australia in July, for six months' training. When they return, six more girls will take their places.

This scheme will give Rotorua the opportunity of acquiring good trained Maori receptionists for hostels in the city.