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self and in the people around me in my community.

… ‘I must be truthful to myself. Truth is the basis of any achievement.’

From Thomas O'Brian, St Peter's Maori College, came an excellent point.

… ‘How best can I prepare myself? By being a good student, by doing well what I am doing now. I must not only do my schoolwork well but must do well in every aspect of life. I must prepare on a wide basis—myself, my family and my community.’

Speaking on behalf of the judges, Mr Harrè made some comments which should be noted by future contestants.

‘This is a very personal sort of subject, and some of you spoke in general terms.

‘Establish contact with your audience. Don't lose it by looking down at your notes.

‘Use light and shade, timbre and volume.

‘Use humour now and then.

‘I was delighted to hear the Maori language used—however, some used it with more courage than knowledge!

‘You must be heard—sometimes words were indistinctly produced.

‘Some of you made reference to the help given by schools and parents. Make sure you pay it back.’

Posted to Vietnam

Te Ao Hou's record critic, Alan Armstrong, who is in the regular Army, has recently relinquished his post as Director of Equipment at Army Headquarters Wellington on posting to South Vietnam to serve with the Australian Task Force. Some time in 1968 he will re-join his battalion in Malaysia and there be joined by his wife, Waiehu. In addition to his articles in Te Ao Hou, he is the author of the following published, or soon-to-be-published works: Maori Games and Hakas, Maori Action Songs (with Reupena Ngata), The Maori People, Entertaining South Sea Island Style. Kiwi Cooking. Let's Speak Maori and Samoa.

Success at Table Tennis

Following success in the New Zealand Maori Table Tennis Championships at Gisborne last July, a Maori woman, Mrs J. A. Williams of Wanganui, went on to win the New Zealand Open Mixed Doubles title in partnership with England's No. 1 player, Dennis Neale. She performed very well throughout the tournament, winning the ‘Ladies Bracelet’, and playing a major part in winning the Mixed Doubles title.

At the Maori Championships, Mrs Williams won the Ladies' Singles, the Ladies' Doubles with Miss Albert of Wanganui, and was runner-up in the Mixed Doubles with Mr M. Taipua, also of Wanganui.

It appears that Mrs Williams is only the second Maori woman to have won a national title, the other being Mrs Nettie Trail (néc Davis) who is now overseas.