People and Places
Brief Return to New Zealand
Miss Kiri Te Kanawa, at present studying singing at the London Opera Centre, returned to New Zealand in February at the invitation of the New Plymouth Bowl of Brooklands Trust, to give two performances in the tenth ‘Festival of the Pines’.
An estimated 9000 attended both concerts, given by the N.Z.B.C.'s Little Symphony, with Kiri as soloist. Kiri is pictured above with the orchestra's conductor Juan Matteuci.
Kiri was delighted to see her family and friends during her short holiday in New Zealand, and has returned refreshed to continue her studies in London.
Top 1966 Apprentice
Fred Maynard of Manutuke, Gisborne, an old boy of Gisborne Boys' High School, was top electrical apprentice last year. He is now completing his apprenticeship with a private contractor after completing his first year in Auckland under the Maori Affairs Trade Training Scheme.
American Field Scholarships
Among the 54 secondary school pupils chosen to travel to America in July to study for one year in American schools under Field Service Scholarships are two Maori students, Robin Kora of Te Aute College and Serena Maheno of Kaitaia College.
Serena, whose parents are Nelson and Marigold Maheno, has taken a commercial course and is a prefect at her college. She enjoys playing basketball, hockey and baseball, and watching rugby, and has a variety of hobbies including dancing, record-playing, reading, riding and window-shopping. Serena hopes to take up as a career either commercial teaching or office work.
Robin Kora's parents Peter and Betty (nee Waitere) come from Wanganui River and Levin respectively. Robin's sports are rugby, tennis, softball, athletics and swimming, and he too has many interests—photography, forums, watching people, walking, driving, reading, shooting, flying, drama, concert-party work, and listening to classical records. He is Te Aute College's head prefect.
We wish them both success in their studies.
Study at East-West Centre
Another person to travel overseas is Miss Iwa Mataira of Titahi Bay, Wellington, daughter of Pera and Meri Mataira, who is undertaking a three-month training course at the East-West Centre in Hawaii. The Centre awards scholarships for their ‘Women's Career Development’ programme, and the project in which Iwa will take part is the ‘Management of Sanitary Beauty Shops’.
Iwa, who has been working in the beauty salon at a large Wellington department store, will have training in all phases of the management of beauty shops—hair styling, cutting and sanitation.
Kotahitanga Cub Pack
In November 1965 a Wolf Cub Pack was started at Marton Junction, eight Maori and three Pakeha boys meeting in the Kotahitanga Community Centre Hall. After a year the numbers increased to 20, 13 being Maori. As well as the usual Cub activities, the boys have learnt Maori stick, string, and hand games and have made several educational visits. This photograph was taken during an outing in the bush.
The older boys are now ready to be Scouts, and a troop is starting in the same area.
Visit to Te Aute
When travelling to Wairoa in February, the Minister of Maori Affairs, Mr Hanan, paid his first visit to Te Aute College. During lunch Mr Hanan congratulated the boys, saying that for a school with only one hundred pupils, their rate of 16 School Certificate and four University Entrance passes last year was unparalleled in New Zealand. This year, with 20 boys in the lower sixth and two in the upper sixth forms, more examination successes were expected.
Mr Hanan is pictured with the headmaster, Mr N. O. Vickridge, and some of the sixth from boys including some Solomon Islanders.
New Hostel Opened
Mr C. M. Bennett, Assistant Secretary of Maori Affairs, opened a new boys' hostel in Wadestown, Wellington on 28 January.
This was the result of a bequest made by a retired carpenter, who left nearly £12,000 to the Maori Education Foundation and his home to be used as a hostel for young Maoris.
Apprentices working under the Trade Training Scheme renovated the old house and built a new dormitory block.
Called Ahumairangi, the new hostel is run by Ashley and Ruth Salisbury and Ivan Rickard.
After the ceremonies, visitors and boys were given an excellent afternoon tea, including a hangi-cooked meal.
Hostel Block Finished
Christchurch carpentry trainees also finished work on their new block, at Te Kaihanga Hostel, Hanson's Lane, and it was opened on 14 February by the Minister of Maori Affairs, Mr J. R. Hanan. The Bishop of Christchurch, the Rt Revd A. Pyatt dedicated the buildings, and the boys entertained the visitors with action songs and a haka.
When speaking Mr Hanan said that in spite of the measures taken to offset the low prices for our goods on world markets, the number of apprentices would be increased, and the building of hostels and flats for Maori young people coming to the cities would continue.