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No. 68 (1970)
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— M. Fraser

People and Places

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North-South Match

The annual rugby match between Northern and Southern Maoris for the Prince of Wales Cup resulted in a 17-all draw, which retained the cup for the Northern Maoris. Following the match the cup was presented to the Northern captain, Sid Going (left) of North Auckland, who received the congratulations of the Southern captain, George Mahupuku (right), of Wairarapa. Listening to the conversation is Mr George Marsden, Maori Rugby Advisory Board member for Poverty Bay and the East Coast. Among the two teams were seven former pupils of Mr Marsden, who has taught at Te Aute College, St Stephen's School, and is now on the staff of Gisborne Boys' High School

Apprentice Carver

Pictured with his mother and little sister is Korako Arahanga of Ngai Tahu, one of the apprentice carvers at the Rotorua Arts and Crafts Carving School.

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Displays at Gisborne

During the week of the Maori Women's Welfare League Conference at Gisborne, local residents had the opportunity to see the work being done by carpentry apprentices from Wellington, under the guidance of Mr Stan Hunt, and of the carving apprentices from Rotorua, taught by master carver, Mr John Taipa. Here Mrs Esme Tombleson, M.P. for Gisborne, and Miss Jo Dawson, in charge of the girls' pre-employment course at Wellington, are pictured with Mr John Taiapa, Korako Arahanga of Ngai Tahu, and Junior Honotopu of Ngati Porou.

Soldiers in Fiji

Pickled pork and puha, yes, but home-smoked Fijian fish, well! … the picture shows Bombardier Martin Maioha (left), Corporal Joe Hoani and Private Ces Toa, all of Kaikohe, about to divide up a quantity of fish. It had been prepared in a smoke house which was built by New Zealand soldiers.

The soldiers were in Fiji on exercise ‘Tropic Dawn 16’, which is a series of exercises run by the New Zealand Army in Fiji. This particular exercise was for students on the ‘All Arms Instructors’ course at Waiouru, and was designed to teach soldiers the art of jungle survival and the techniques of jungle warfare.

On arrival at the jungle base, the soldiers were quickly despatched on a 72-hour introduction to jungle survival with little more than a box of matches and a cigarette a day. As was expected they were quick to

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take advantage of the wild fruits and vegetables which were abundant in the area

Watermanship is an important aspect of jungle training. A soldier is expected to master the skills which reduce the crossing of any reasonable stretch of water to a mere drill. With only their standard equipment, they learnt how to make waterproof parcels strong enough to support them while they swam across. Initially there were a few leaks, but after a few practice packs, all the problems were solved.

Local food also proved popular with the New Zealanders. In addition to wild fruits and vegetables, they learnt the art of smoking Fijian fish. Enough for 38 men was prepared in a smoke house built by the students, and to prove the point, it was later taken with them as rations on a 24-hour navigation march through the jungle. In a climate such as this, all meats and fish must be either smoked or salted, as the hot weather quickly turns them rotten.

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Language Teachers' Course

Coinciding with the Coronation hui at Ngaruawahia, was a seminar for teachers of the Maori language, held at the nearby Ngaruawahia High School. Teachers from all over the country met to discuss problems, evaluate their methods and make suggestions for the future. It was regarded as well worth while by all who attended. Our picture was taken when the teachers broke up into groups for discussion on ways to improve the teaching of Maori.

Art Contest

The Tairawhiti Regional Committee of the M.W.W.L., who organised the conference at Gisborne certainly had some new ideas! One that stimulated a lot of interest by secondary school pupils was an art contest. The competition was for a design that could be used to decorate the cover of the conference folder, sold to delegates to hold their papers.

The winner was a Pakeha boy, who had used a Maori motif. The two runners-up, one a Maori boy, used designs of European origin. The three boys, Colin Brooks. Richard Calcott and Paul Whaanga, are pictured with their designs. They were given prizes by the local organising committee.

Korimako Contest

Once again, it proved very gratifying to see the high standard of speech-making by Maori students, in the Annual Korimako

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Trophy contest. District finalists were this year given a week to prepare their five-minute speeches on the topic, ‘The contribution the Maori has made in recent times to the Arts, including music, drama, poetry and painting’. As well, each contestant was given a choice of subject for a three-minute speech, prepared in half an hour.

It is proving almost traditional for a girl to win the trophy, and the winner was Peata Munro of Hastings Girls' High School, seen holding the trophy, with, at left, Philip Munro of St Peter's Maori College, Auckland, third, and at right, the second place-getter, Marama Reweti of Tauranga Girls' College.

Farewell to the Henning Family

The new Minister of Maori Affairs, the Hon. Duncan MacIntyre, made his first ‘marae’ speech when he joined in the farewell to the United States Ambassador, Mr John Henning and his family, at Ngati Poneke Hall. Other speakers were Mr Bill Nathan, Mr Fred Katene, Sir Francis Kitts, Mayor of Wellington, Dr Pei Jones, and Mr Matiu Rata, M.P. for Northern Maori. Gifts were presented to Mr and Mrs Henning — a patu and a taniko bag.

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Taniko Expert

The Parewahawaha Branch of the M.W.W.L. is very proud of Mrs Polly Richardson, winner of the Jean Walmsley Cup for taniko work. She is a remarkable young woman, mother of four, and a great help in schools and various other organisations, teaching Maori action songs to children and adults. She speaks Maori fluently, and often composes lyrics to suit special occasions.

Mrs Anau Pare Richardson is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Renata Ruha, formerly of Waihau Bay, Whanau Apanui and now living at Kaingaroa, and is married to Peter Fraser Richardson, whose parents Mina and the late Peter Te Aikiha Richardson are well known in the Ohakea-Bulls area.

Mataura Club

An almost meteoric rise to success is the story of the Mataura Maori Club which won both the senior and the junior sections at the South Island Maori Cultural Competitions. A great deal of hard work lay behind their success, the senior team practising at least twice a week, and the juniors practising almost daily, with the co-operation of the Mataura School staff and headmaster, Mr J. F. Egan.

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Members of the group are, from left: Back row: J. Rau, J. Rogerson, M. Pewhairangi, N. Raihana, W. Collins, R. Poipoi. Standing: G. Raihana, R. Ramage, M. Morrell, Y. Coleman, B. Poipoi, O. Edwards. K. Raihana, I. Deans, T. Poipoi (leader). Sitting: D. Poipoi (leader), I. Raihana, L. Ramage, H. Raihana, F. Broek, J. Morrell, T. Coleman. In front: W. Raihana and M. Pewhairangi.