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No. 57 (December 1966)
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Auckland Young Maori People's Group

When young Maoris from the country arrive at Auckland to find work or to study they can be sure of a welcome from the Auckland Young Maori People's Group.

The first move towards the formation of a club took place earlier this year, and it has yet to receive a constitution.

The group consists of some 200 young people, who hold socials and practise Maori action songs. In August a group performed at a charity concert given to raise funds for the Plunket Society.

The sponsors and executive members of the group include Mrs R. Paapu, Misses M. Mako and E. Johnston, Drs I. H. Kawharu and P. W. Hohepa and Messrs N. Harré and T. K. Royal. The sponsors have long recognised the need for a Maori club at Auckland to be run on similar lines to those of the successful Ngati Poneke at Wellington.

The aim of members of the group, which includes office workers, apprentices, factory workers and students has been for a club where young Maoris, especially newcomers to the city, could meet and find wholesome entertainment.

‘Young Maoris at Auckland need a club.’ said Mr “Choc” Kirikiri, second-year Auckland University student, ‘but they must support it too. This is the crux of the matter.’

Mr Abraham Karauti, a trainee school teacher and also a member of the group, said a club was needed years ago. Many national societies had their own clubs at Auckland, but there was no major Maori club, he said.

‘I think it is a terrific idea to get young Maoris together and many are coming to the city,’ said Miss Ripeka Hughes, also a trainee teacher. ‘At a club they would be able to make life-long friends,’ she said.

Charm School

In March a charm school for 52 young Maori women was arranged by the representatives of the Y.W.C.A. and Miss Mako. As a fitting climax to the course the city branch of the Auckland Maori Women's Welfare League, to which Miss Mako and Miss Johnstone belong, organised a cabaret at the Ellen Melville Memorial Hall.

The function, as well as raising funds for the John Waititi Memorial Scholarship, drew attention to the need for a Maori club at Auckland.

Many of the young men who attended and also those who helped to run the cabaret became

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Executive members of the Auckland Young Maori People's Group meet at the Academy of Elegance, Auckland. From left: Mrs R. Paapu, Dr P. W. Hohepa, Misses M. Mako and E. Johnston and Mr T. K. Royal.