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No. 57 (December 1966)
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People and Places

Study Tour

Dr Peter Tapsell, Senior Orthopaedic surgeon at Rotorua Hospital, and Consultant to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, left New Zealand in September for a study tour, after receiving a State Department grant to visit top arthritis clinics in the U.S.A. He will also visit Canada,

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Dr Peter Tapsell

Great Britain and Scandinavia, and on his way home, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Over the past five years, Dr Tapsell has published several papers on the surgery of arthritis, and has carried out research work into this problem. He has travelled extensively in Europe, Russia and the far East.

He is from the Ngati Whakaue hapu of the Arawa tribe, and was educated at Moketu Primary School, Rotorua High School, and Otago University, holding a Maori University scholarship and a Ngarimu scholarship while at Otago. Dr Tapsell trained in surgery at Edinburgh, London, and the Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, England.

Korimako Trophy

The finals of the annual Korimako Trophy oratory contest, organized jointly by the Maori Education Foundation and the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association, were held in Wellington on Friday, 26 August.

Sir Bernard Fergusson presented his trophy to the winner, Pamela Bennett, daughter of Dr and Mrs Henry Bennett of Tokanui. Pamela, head girl of Te Awamutu College,

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plans to study medicine at Otago University next year.

Second and third prize winners were Te Aroha Henare of Auckland Girls' Grammar School and Kathleen Heyder of Rotorua Girls' High School.

Home Again

Flight Lieutenant Baden Pere, who has rejoined the R.N.Z.A.F. as an instructor at the central flying school at Wigram, returned recently from Hawaii, where he had been since 1959. There he graduated M.A., B.Sc. (hons) majoring in political science and Asian studies, and became academic adviser to Asian, American and Pacific graduate students at the East-West centre, a U.S. State Department Education institution.

He is a member of the Ngati Kahungunu tribe, and his grandfather, Wi Pere, was member of parliament for Eastern Maori before Sir Apirana Ngata.

Wellington Visit

During “Braille Week”, a visit to Wellington was made by a party of children from Homai College, the Auckland school run by the New Zealand Foundation for the Blind.

The children visited the Unilever factory, the inter-island ferry, and Parliament Buildings, and gave a concert for Braille club members and parents of the children with whom they were billeted.

They were photographed in the Maori room at Parliament Buildings. Here Tiwai Skipworth of Rotorua and Fred Daniels of Otahuhu look at a bust of Sir Apirana Ngata.

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Sir Bernard present the Korimako trophy

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Baden Pere National Publicity Studios

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Ruwhiu Shield

A 1964 carpentry trainee who is now a joinery apprentice, Ben Ruwhiu of Ohura, has made a shield to be competed for by rugby teams from the two Christchurch hostels.

Here he presents it to Dennis Skipper of Waitara, captain of Te Kaihanga Hostel's team, which beat Rehua Hostel boys 25–8.

Holding the shield with Dennis Skipper is Peter Phillips of Urenui, who scored four tries during the match.

Te Kaihanga's team won last year's under-17

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Rehua and Te Kaihanga boys at the Ngati Poneke club National Publicity Studios

rugby competition, and this year's under-18 competition. Seven Te Kaihanga boys were in the under-18 Canterbury representative team.

Visit to Trentham

Boys from both Rehua and Te Kaihanga hostels made the boat trip to Wellington for rugby matches with Wellington apprentices at the Trentham hostel.

Afterwards they were welcomed at the Ngati Poneke club and given dinner before returning to Christchurch.

Hamilton Play

Over 2,500 people saw Turongo and Mahinarangi, written and produced by Ron Kilgour, and played for five nights by the Maori club at Fairfield College Hamilton, then performed at Founders Theatre during the Festival of Maori Arts.

Pei Te Hurunui's story is followed closely,

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A taiaha duel between Whatihua and Turongo, played by Russell Fransham and Puti Rau

with chants, songs and pois contributed by Rev. Napi Waaka and Canon Wi Huata being an essential part of the production, helping to tell the story and heighten the drama. The play attempts to blend a well-known gem of Maori historical tradition, a story that appeals to all Maoris, with lively action and traditional songs, dances and pois, so appealing to the average pakeha, and to increase the understanding of both races. For the College pupils the production has become a focal point of solid achievement, and speaks well of things to come.

The play begins with an argument between Turongo and Whatihua as to who is the tuakana or elder brother. Whatihua by the artful use of the taiaha knocks his brother to the ground. This is but a forerunner of Turongo's ill fortunes. His snare remains empty while Whatihua displays his skill, and as Act I closes, Ruaputahanga, Turongo's betrothed, is drawn away to Whatihua's marae by trickery, and Turongo's shame is complete.

As Act II opens, the carvers at work in Kahotea are interrupted by Turongo's arrival.

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After his arrival in Hawkes Bay, Turongo displays his prowess with the taiaha

His carving skill greatly impresses them. The Chief, Tuaka, relates Turongo's whakapapa to his people and Turongo becomes one with his newly-found tribe.

The moonlight scene and songs of declared love leave Turongo with a mystery, but he resolves to ask Tuaka for a bride—the one who adorns herself with Raukawa perfume. So it comes about that the tribes of the East and West Coasts are united by this marriage of Royalty, between Turongo and Tuaka's daughter Mahinarangi.

The choir of 40 members was well trained and accompanied by the Rev. Napi Waaka.

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The Governor-General with Mrs Sage president of the Maori Women's Welfare League