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No. 65 (December 1968)
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People
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Places

Seminar after Consecration

The day after his consecration as Bishop of Aotearoa, Bishop Bennett presided over a Seminar in the ‘Wool Exchange’, Napier. Three papers were presented; ‘Catholic Unity and the Multi-racial Society’, by the Rev. Watson Rosevear, sub-warden at St John's Theological College, Auckland; ‘The Churches' Mission to the Urban Maori’, by the Rev. Apirana Mahuika of Te Kaha; and ‘Church Schools and their Role in The Churches’ Mission to the Modern Maori’ by the Rev. Canon John Tamahori (right) and Mr Noel Vickridge, both of Te Aute College.

Each paper was followed with discussion by panel members and speakers from the floor. Discussion ranged fairly widely on topics related to the papers, and it was valuable for those who had been Pre- occupied with one particular branch of church life to see their ‘problem’ within the framework of the Church's total effort. Bishop Bennett thanked all those present for giving him a broad picture of the Church's activities.

Thai Girls Become ‘Kiwis’

Pupils from Suksanaree School, a large secondary school for girls in Thonburi, Thailand, chose New Zealand as their ‘country’ in a UNESCO sponsored exhibition, and asked the New Zealand Embassy

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for help. Posters, information material and replicas of Maori artifacts were provided, and an officer of the Embassy visited the school to show films and to talk to the pupils.

Mrs Mel Taylor (née Georgina Bristowe), wife of the Deputy Director of the SEATO Public Information Office, taught the girls Maori action songs and stick games, which were performed throughout the two-day exhibition. They made their costumes themselves, and their exhibit, called ‘Kiwi Corner’, was a great success.

Ngai-Te-Rangi Challenge Shield

This shield has been presented by the Minister of Tourism and Publicity for competition in the intermediate section of the annual competitions at Tauranga.

The two figures on the shield are sea monsters called marakihau. They have human bodies, fishes' tails, and long tubular tongues for sucking in fish. These figures often represent a local Tauranga ancestor named Te-Tahi-o-Te-Rangi, a tohuniw who was marooned on White Island by his tribe. By powerful incantations he was able

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to call a whale to his assistance, and he travelled to the mainland on its back. After his death he was said to have become a sea monster.

The band of kowhaiwhai is a Ngai-Te-Rangi pattern copied from Te Whetu meeting house.

Champion Gymnast

Jan Wilson, daughter of Mr and Mrs B. Wilson of Harris Street, Huntly, is an accomplished young gymnast.

She recently earned the distinction of being for the second year running the topscoring girl in the primary competition of the New Zealand Gymnastic Championships.

With two other pupils of Huntly West School, Marcia Hetet and Veda Berryman, Jan helped the South Auckland Primary Schools' gymnastic team to win the 1968 national title.

Te Aute Dux

Tiopira Baker has been awarded the Sir Peter Buck Memorial Medal presented by the Department of Maori and Island Affairs, as Dux of Te Aute College.

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He will attend Canterbury University in 1969 to study for B.Sc. under an R.N.Z.A.F. Scholarship. Tiopira (Joey) was born in Gisborne, and was educated at Kekerengu, Blenheim, before going to Te Aute. One of Joey's essays was published in the ‘Younger Readers' Section’ of our last issue.

Korimako Trophy

The annual Korimako Trophy contest was held in Wellington on 23 August, again at St Mary's College, Hill Street.

Judges were Mr H. Holst, Officer for Maori Education; Mr W. Parker, Department of University Extension, Victoria University; and Mrs Ami Johnson, a kindergarten director from Upper Hutt. The contestants were given an hour to prepare, without reference material, a speech on the topic ‘Because integration is the official policy in New Zealand, which aspects of Maori culture do you think it important the Maori should retain and the Pakeha adopt?’

The judges described the topic as a difficult subject for young people to tackle, but considered that the contest maintained the usual high standard. Raelene Beauchamp of Hastings Girls' High School was the winner, with Ursula Storey, Taupo-Nui-a-Tia College second, and Mary White of Gisborne Girls' High School third.

Pictured are the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. K. J. Holyoake, who made the presentations, Mary, Raelene, Ursula and Mr A. H. Scotney, Vice-President of the New Zealand Post-Primary Teachers' Association, who sponsor the contest jointly with the Maori Education Foundation.

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