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No. 57 (December 1966)
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Just as it should be—old and young working together. Members of the Morrinsville group supporting their Tumuaki, Te Waharoa Tarapipipi, demonstrate their skill in a city shop

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Te Waharoa Tarapipipi demonstrates carving

Hamilton Festival
of Maori Arts

A most successful Festival of Maori Arts, organised by the Hamutana Progressive Association and in aid of the proposed Ngati Hamutana Community Centre, was held at Hamilton from 21 to 28 August. The Festival covered all aspects of Maori culture, from traditional weaving, carving and chants, to haka, poi and action song competitions and displays of contemporary Maori painting and sculpture.

It began on Sunday 21st with a field day at Fairfield College and an interdenominational church service at Founders' Theatre, and was followed on Monday with an International Night, organised by Hamilton Jaycees.

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An ambitious programme Mythology in Sound and Light was presented on Tuesday, and on Wednesday Hannah Tatana and the New Zealand Opera Quartette covered a 300 year history of opera.

Turongo and Mahinarangi played by members of the Fairfield College Maori Club was Thursday's major attraction, and on Friday the Founders' Theatre audience heard poetry read by Hone Tuwhare and Rangi Harrison, and saw the Rukumoana Group perform ancient chants and modern action songs.

Best attendances were at Saturday's Cultural Competitions, where Waioeka and Gisborne High School won first places in the senior and junior competitions.

Throughout the week the traditional skills of Maori weaving, basket-making and carving were demonstrated in city shops, and displays of modern Maori art were open to the public.

The Festival meant hard work for many people, but special tribute was paid to the Mayor of Hamilton, Dr Denis Rogers, for his encouragement and advice.

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Cliff Whiting and Para Matchitt prepare to set up the display in St Paul's Methodist centre. Both men come from Te Kaha, and work for the South Auckland Education Board as Art Advisers
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Fred Graham, Art teacher at Auckland Boys' Grammar School, looks at a piece of his work with Para Matchitt

Already, a bigger and better festival is planned for next year, and it is hoped that the Festival will become an annual event.