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No. 59 (June 1967)
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PAREWAHAWAHA

the marae for the official opening. After the challenge, the official party was welcomed by Mr Joe Rene.

Speeches were made by representatives of the Town Board of Bulls and the Rangitikei County Council, and by Mr Ormond Wilson, a local member of the Historic Places Trust, who told the history of the piece of land on which Parewahawaha stood. Mr N. E. Kirk, leader of the Opposition, described the building as one of the finest examples of Maori art and achievement in the country, and hoped that it ‘will be a rudder and an anchor for the young people who leave this district for new occupations.’

During the service which followed, the Rt Revd H. W. Baines, Bishop of Wellington, commended the work of the late Taylor Brown, Bill Parker, Henare and Mere Toka, Kelvin Kereama, Hapai Winiata and over 200 others who had had some part in the project.

Before declaring the house open, Mr Jack also paid tribute to Taylor Brown, and many others who had worked on the house. ‘Many have not lived to see this day, and knew they would not see it, and it makes this opening an act of dedication,’ he said.

After a benediction and dedication the official party entered the house to unveil a window given by the local Pakehas. Sandblasted in attractive shades of brown and green, and complementing the colours in the house, the scene shows the meeting between Maori and Pakeha.

The dining hall was similarly opened, and official proceedings came to a close with a banquet for all special guests and visitors.

Parewahawaha stands as a fine achievement by many people over many years. May the spirit of co-operation so much in evidence on opening day, ever remain.

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Queen Te Atairangikaahu with elders from Waikat o advances across the marae