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No. 63 (June 1968)
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Louis J. Ewards

People and Places

Radio is her Teacher

Rangi Kinita is the only student among 942 pupils at the Rotorua Girls' High School permitted to listen to a radio in class. She has to, as she is the only pupil taking lessons in She Maori language and there is no teacher of the subject at the school. A Form Six B pupil, Rangi has been taking the subject by correspondence for about 18 months. Whenever the Correspondence School in Wellington broad-easts its lessons in Maori language, Rangi retires with her radio to a small room in the school where she may study undisturbed.

Louis J. Edwards

He Puaawai Trophy

Pictured below is the home and garden of Mrs Z. Taka, of Otahuhu, who was the winner of the first Auckland Gardening Competition, open to all Maori homeowners. Other place getters were Mrs H. Penny of Manurewa, second, and Mrs B. Manley, Mount Wellington, third.

Mr J. Moore, Auckland District Officer of the Department of Maori Affairs, organ-

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ised the competition and donated the trophy which is to be competed for annually.

There were sevently applications for the competition. This was a good start, and there was so much interest aroused, it is expected that there will be even more entries in future.

Huntly Centennial

An International Evening held on 17 February as part of the Huntly Centennial Celebrations proved a great success. Part of this was due to the charming hostesses, who made the guests feel quite at ease.

Our picture shows Myrtle Watene on the left and Christine Roda on the right, with Mrs Meri Hohaia in the centre.

Maori Wedding

The marriage of Manawa Teresa Wara, eldest daughter of Sonny and Tamorangi Wara, and Raymond Katipa took place at Ngatai-e-Rua marae, Tuakau, during the poukai held there earlier this year.

The bride was given away by her father, and the Revd Waka Grey officiated.

In the back row are: Brian James, Wil- liam Katipa, Hema Wara and Sonny Katipa.

Second Row: Lorraine Wilson, Nganeko Wara, Raymond Katipa (groom), Teresa Wara (bride), Robin Abraham and Charmaine Hira.

In front are Katrina Wara and Kahu Cooper.

Scriptures Airfreighted

When the ship bringing thousands of copies of the special Centenary Edition of

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several books of the Bible in English and Maori was held up in Hong Kong by engine trouble, Air New Zealand came to the rescue of the British and Foreign Bible Society and airfreighted replacement copies.

Taking their first look at the new publication are the Revd E. H. Moody, General Secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, Canon Hepa Taepa of Wellington, and Canon John Tamahori of Te Aute.

Welcome at Rakaumanga

Mr Hori Paki, who will be 103 years old in July, welcomed Mrs Dorothy Knight and Miss Olga Yuke to Kaitimu Pa, Rakaumanga, during their recent visit to New Zealand.

These two Australian Aboriginal ladies visited the Kaitimu Pre-School Family Centre, one of the many they saw during their stay. (See article on page 43.)

Knighthood Conferred

Mr John Te Herekiekie Grace, M.V.O., of Wanganui, was created a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (K.B.E.) in this year's New Year honours list.

An elder of Ngati Tuwharetoa and member of Te Arawa and Mataatua tribes, Sir John, owner of a sheep station on the Parapara Road, spends most of his time advising his people on their affairs.

Educated at Tokaanu Primary School, Te Aute College and Wanganui Technical College, Sir John joined the Lands and Survey Department in 1926 and the Maori

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Affairs Department in 1928. He served with the R.N.Z.A.F. during World War II and attained the rank of Squadron Leader. He served as Private Secretary to the Rt Hon. Peter Fraser, to the Hon. E. B. Corbett, to the Rt Hon. Keith Holyoake, and in 1958 to the Rt Hon. Walter Nash. Since 1959 he has held various executive positions with the National Party, and contested the Wanganui seat in 1963 and 1966.

He is also the author of ‘Tuwharetoa’ a tribal history published in 1959, for which he collected material for over 20 years.

SEATO Conference Staff

Five of the seven people staffing the Post Office in Parliament Buildings during April's SEATO Conference, were Maori.

Standing are, from left, Mr Howard Hakaraia from Russell, who was relieving during the conference, and Mr Otene Rakena, from Rapaki, Lyltelton, the Postmaster. Seated are Miss Huia Maitai from Nuhaka, a clerk engaged in machine printing, and Mr Ron Anderson from Coromandel, a Telex operator. The fifth mem- ber, Mr John Church of Wanganui, was absent.

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