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No. 64 (September 1968)
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People and Places

Manaia Trophy

In the 1966 N.Z.B.C. competition for original action songs and poi tunes, a group from Queen Victoria School won second place, and this beautiful carving, to be called the ‘Manaia Trophy’ is the result.

The Rotorua carver Mr David Winterburn was commissioned to design something symbolic of music which could be an incentive to pupils to continue to develop their talents in original composition in an annual Inter-House Competition. The trophy will bear, each year, the name of the previous year's winning House. The design is from traditional Taranaki carving full of significance concerning womanhood, dance and song.

Mrs Ghandi's Visit

Early this year Mrs Indira Ghandi, Prime Minister of India, paid a brief visit to Wellington.

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The local Indian Community asked that the Maori people join with them in welcoming Mrs Ghandi. Mrs Mihimihi Kereheke

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escorted her to a reception at the Indian Association Hall, where they received a traditional Indian welcome.

Mrs Ghandi also visited the Dominion Museum where she was shown through the Maori Section. Canon Hepa Taepa accompanied the Museum officials, giving explanations of the carving and the uses of traditional artifacts.

General Managership

Mr Bill Nathan has been appointed general manager of the New Zealand Display Centre in Wellington.

Well known in Wellington insurance circles, Mr Nathan has worked for General Motors (N.Z.) Ltd. and Unilever (N.Z.) Ltd., and holds the New Zealand Certificate of Engineering. He holds the rank of Captain in the territorial forces.

He has been vice-president of the Ngati Poneke Young Maori Club for several years, and toured overseas in 1965 with the Wellington Anglican Maori Club.

Centenary Service

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Typical of many Maori Bible Centenary services held throughout New Zealand this year was the one held at Ko Te Tokanganui-a-Noho meeting house at Te Kuiti, which will be 100 years old in 1972. Below is pictured the group who welcomed Dr Sione Havea of Tonga and the British and Foreign Bible Society Officials for the service on 24 May. After the welcome and before Dr Havea's inspiring talk Mr R. Jones gave the visitors a short description

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of the house, the oldest carved house still being used for regular meetings.

Auckland Wedding

On 6 April, Mr Prince White, formerly of Tokomaru Bay, son of Mrs Lydia White, married Miss Renner of Adelaide, Australia, at St. Joseph's. Grey Lynn, Auckland.

Miss Renner, who is German-born, met Mr White while on a working holiday in New Zealand.

Graduates' Conference

Speaking at this year's Maori Graduates Conference, held at Mangere during Queen's Birthday weekend is Dr Doug Sinclair of Hamilton. Beside him is the association's president, the Rev. Manu Bennett.

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Many topics were discussed by the members, including pronunciation of Maori names, the proposed All Black tour of South Africa, improvement of the Maori people's public relations with other sections of the New Zealand community, unemployment, and ways to bring the graduates into closer touch with their own people.

Officers elected were: Patron, the Bishopelect of Aotearoa, the Rev. Manu Bennett; president, Dr I. H. Kawharu; vice-presidents, Sir Turi Carroll, Mr A. Awatere and Mr J. C. Henare; public relations, Mr M. Te Hau; executive, Messrs T. Royal, J. Nicholls, K. Dewes, W. Kingi and Dr D. Sinclair; secretary, Mr H. Tauroa; treasurer Mr B. Paki.

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