PEOPLE AND PLACES
A Queen Victoria College girl, Margaret Rolleston, has won the Kora Wilding Speech contest for the best recorded speech in 1967. The contest is a memorial to Wene Grace, a former head prefect of Nelson Girls' College and is competed for by pupils of Queen Victoria College, Hukerere Maori Girls' College, Queen Margaret's College and Marsden College, both of Wellington, Nelson Girls' College and St Margaret's College in Christ-church.
Margaret Rolleston comes from Waiohau and is a member of a Tuhoe family. She was the compere for the Queen Victoria party which has recently completed a 17-day tour of the South Island.
Kara Puketapu pictured with his wife Jean, their children and his parents shortly before he left for 15 months in U.S.A. He was awarded a Harkness Fellowship by the Commonwealth Fund of New York to undertake advanced study and a research programme in Administration.
At the University of Chicago he is studying economic, social, educational and cultural development in minority groups and will follow this with field work in New Mexico.
Mrs Puketapu joins other ‘University wives’ in twice weekly visits to a Negro ghetto, teaching women to read and write, and is busy giving talks and showing slides on New Zealand.
As part of the South Island Maori Basketball Association annual tournament a special memorial service for Sir Eruera Tirikatene was held, conducted by his son Revd Rino Tirikatene and the Very Revd P. Manahi.
Sir Eruera was the first patron of the Association and in his memory a Memorial Trophy was presented by Lady Tirikatene to Mr F. G. Briggs, President of the Association.
Success for New Branch
Pictured outside the Tekatinga meeting house are members of the Mourea branch of the
Then not quite a year old, the branch had entered the competitions for the first time, competing against more than 15 other branches. The 26 members are most proud of the Sir Apirana Ngata Memorial Cup, awarded for gaining most points in Maori arts and crafts. The Mourea branch, with Mrs Wahanga Grant as president and Mrs Mihi Tule as secretary is about the tenth branch of the league formed in Rotorua.
Pictured are, front row: Parehuia Carroll-Paku, Mrs H. Shortt, Mrs Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan, M.P., His Worship the Mayor, Mr R. Shortt, Mrs L. Adsett, Adrienne Adsett. Second Row: Misses Lily Pomana, Sue Weston, June Tipoki, Juliana Isaacs. Ripeka Hema Oha Hema, Grace Anderson, Marlene Kahukura, Hera Kaianga. Back Row: Misses Sandra Beattie, Corinthian Pitman-Waihape, Emily Mitchell, Rawinia Carroll-Paku, Kay Adsett, Norma McKenzie, Anne Adsett. Merlene Lambert, Sandra Anderson. Cinda Tumanako, Carol Hook, Mihi Ruka, Gay Hook.
Members of Parliament
Pictured at left are the four Maori Members of Parliament, Mrs Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan, Southern Maori, Mr Matiu Rata, Northern Maori, Mr Paraone Reweti, Eastern Maori, and, seated, Mrs Iriaka Ratana, Western Maori.
Mr Reweti, from Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, recently won the representation for Eastern Maori in a by-election following the death of Mr P. T. Watene.
On 8 September, the Kahungunu Maori Women's Welfare League held a Presentation Ball at Wairoa.
Twenty-two very elegant young ladies were presented to Mrs Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan, M. P., and the Mayor and Mayoress of Wairoa, Mr and Mrs R. Shortt.
President Mrs Lilian Adsett announced the debutantes, They were led into the hall by two small girls in full Maori costume, Adri-
enne Adsett and Parehuia Carroll-Paku, who presented flowers to the guests of honour.
Farewell at Waiwhetu
Typical of many gatherings up and down the country was the farewell to Sir Bernard and Lady Fergusson at the Arohanui-ki-te-Tanga-ta meeting house at Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt.
The Governor-General and his party were greeted outside by members of the Wellington Anglican Maori Club, the Mawai-Hakona Maori Association, the Putiki Maori Club, the Wainuiomata Maori Club, and the Ngati Poneke Young Maori Club, and moved inside for an afternoon of speeches and entertainment. The annual Anglican Hui Aroha was in progress and children from the Putiki and Wellington Anglican groups who had competed in the junior section of the competitions performed for Their Excellencies.
Among the speakers were Te Oenuku Rene, Canon Hepa Taepa, Ngore Takarangi and Rangi Metekingi.
The large crowd was delighted when Sir Bernard joined Mr George Tuau to sing
With Sir Bernard and Lady Fergusson is Mrs Waewae, a Tuhoe lady who made many of the mats in the Waiwhetu house. She had just presented Lady Fergusson with a beautiful kit she had made.