People and Places
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,
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.