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No. 58 (March 1967)
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People and Places

Rehua Hostel Block

Boys from Rehua Hostel and members of the Avonside Girls' High School Maori Club joined to welcome the Minister of Maori Affairs, the Hon. J. R. Hanan, Mrs Hanan, the late Sir Eruera Tirikatene, Lady Tirikatene and Mr and Mrs J. Lewin when the Minister opened the new hostel block last October.

After challenging the Minister. Don Onekawa led the official party round to the new block where speeches were made by the Deputy Mayor of Christchurch, the President of the Methodist Church of New Zealand, Rev. A. R. Witheford, and Sir Eruera, acting as tangata whenua of the Maori people. Mr Hanan then presented the lease on behalf of the Government to the Superintendent of the Christchurch Central Mission, Rev. W. E. Falkingham. who acknowledged the presentation.

Rev. Witheford dedicated the building and named it Te Koti Te Rato in honour of Rev. Te Koti Te Rato, who in 1866 was Te Waipounamu's first ordained Maori Minister when the Methodist Church appointed him to serve the Maori people of the South Island. The people present then joined in the dedicatory prayers.

During the ceremony, speeches were followed by action songs performed by several Maori clubs: Te Whetu Ariki O Kahukura. Awataha. Te Waipounamu Maori Girls' College. Te Ropu Maori O Hoani, Kahurangi, and the Rehua Concert Party.

Miss Alimentation Internationale Contest

A talented young Maori, Miss Marie Wehipeihana. from Wellington, represented New Zealand in the Miss Alimentation Internationale contest on 15 November last at the second Salon International de l'Alimentation, in Paris and took second place. Miss Wehipeihana was sponsored by the New Zealand

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Government, which, in conjunction with the New Zealand Meat Producers' Board, has a stand to promote New Zealand foods at this international food fair.

She is the daughter of the late Mr Tupakaheke Wehipeihana, a former chief of the Ngati Tukorehe, a sub-tribe of the Ngati Toa tribe of the southern part of the North Island.

Her grandfather, Mr Tumake Wehipeihana, aged 89, lives in retirement at Ohau, near Levin. Miss Wehipeihana's mother, Mrs Vera Wehipeihana, is an authority on Maori folklore, and is the author of several books on the subject, including one in verse. Miss Wehipeihana has some of her mother's talents in this field and for nearly three years was a reporter and feature writer on the ‘Evening Post’, Wellington.

She was educated in three towns—Taihape and Masterton and finally at Kapiti College at Raumati. In the past few years she has trained and performed as a dancer and singer and has specialised not only in the traditional action songs and dances of her people, but in national dances from several other countries, these including a Thai ceremonial dance, an Indian flame dance and an Indonesian candle dance.

Miss Wehipeihana has also been successful at modelling and in several beauty queen contests at holiday resorts. She is keen on tennis, swimming, basketball, badminton and golf, and has represented Wellington Province at tennis and basketball.

Miss Wehipeihana has travelled on liners of the Chandris Line as a publicity agent on cruises from New Zealand to the Pacific Island groups and Australia. She arrived in Britain last September as an entertainments officer on the liner Ellinis. During this voyage, she conducted a well patronised ‘charm school’ for passengers, this being sponsored by the New Zealand Wool Board and by the cosmetics firm of Cyclax (N.Z.) Ltd. After representing New Zealand at the stand at the S.I.A.L. fair in Paris she continued her work with the Chandris Line and recently visited New Zealand.

Maori Graduates' Association

With University examination successes achieved by Maori students last year, the number of Maori University graduates has risen to over 170. Pictured below are several members of the Association of Maori University Graduates, officially formed at a meeting in Hamilton last October. From top left: H. Tauroa, H. I. Ranga, L. Rangi, A. M. Kewene (treasurer), T. Hemara, R. Ihaka, H. Kawharu, J. D. Sinclair (secretary), W. Kingi, H. R. Bennett, P. J. Gordon, Miss Pare Newton, M. Sydney, T. Royal, Rev, M. Bennett (chairman), P. Reeves and Mrs Jacqueline Tonkin.

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Hui Te Rangiora Marae

A new Catholic Maori centre was opened on behalf of Kuini Te Atairangikaahu by Mr Hepi Te Heuheu at Hamilton on 19 November, 1966. Its name, Hui Te Rangiora Marae was suggested by the Queen in memory of a very sacred pre-pakeha marae in the Waikato area. The building was blessed by His Lordship Bishop R. Delargey after visitors were welcomed with speeches and waiata.

A dinner was served in the hall and guests were entertained with action songs by local groups and by visitors from Auckland, Murupara and Opotiki.

The picture above shows the stage, which is the sanctuary, with altar, tabernacle and tukutuku panels. The tabernacle, in the form of a sacred pataka, was carved by Mr Kima Hakaraia of Rotorua, and the tukutuku panels have both traditional and religious designs.

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The Maori Volcanics Showband. Members of the group are: From left. Mahora Waaka, Paul Minhinnick, Nuki Waaka, John Clarke, Mati Kemp, Tui Teka and Hector Epae

Maori Volcanics Showband

Nuki Waaka is leader of the Maori Volcanics Showband, formed in February 1966 in Melbourne, Australia. The band left Sydney last August for a Far Eastern tour. They played in Japan for several months, covering the country from North to South and were entertained at the New Zealand Embassy when in Tokyo.

They found Japan very beautiful and the Japanese people very kind and friendly. Their Maori hakas, poi-dances and action songs were greatly appreciated.

After leaving Japan in November the group expected to fulfil engagements in Taipei, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Manila and Bangkok and its members were looking forward to entertaining New Zealand troops in Saigon.

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Graduate in Medicine

Eru Pomare, who last year completed his medical studies and graduated M.B., Ch.B. from the University of Otago, is now a house surgeon at Wellington Hospital.

Dr Pomare is a member of Te Atiawa tribe and his parents are Te Rakaheria and Madge Pomare. He is married and has one child, a daughter.

He received his secondary education at Wanganui Collegiate and studied at Victoria University of Wellington before continuing his medical course at Dunedin. While at University Dr Pomare held a Ngarimu Scholarship.

Paraparaumu Seminar

District Welfare Officers attended a seminar at Paraparaumu last October, to discuss future welfare policy. As Mr J. M. McEwen said, there has been a shift in emphasis from purely land matters to social work as well as lands and titles work, and with the establishment of the Maori Education Foundation and trade training schemes, the field of social work has recently expanded.

The seminar was officially opened by the Hon. J. R. Hanan. Senior departmental officers joined in the discussions, and a South African, Mr D. Boardman, of the School of Social Science, attended as a guest. Pictured below are, standing: Messrs H. Pou, M. Raureti, H. Rogers, A. Baker, W. Herewini, K. Puohotaua, Miss A. Delamere, Messrs R. Giles

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Dr Eru Pomare
Photograph by Morris Kershaw

(employment), J. Rangihau, N. Sutton (housing), D. Boardman and A. Awatere. Seated are: Miss R. McBride (education), Mr C. Bennett, Hon. J. R. Hanan, Mr J. McEwen and Miss K. Riwai.