The New Zealand Maori Council's Rangatahi Weekend climaxed a busy week in the capital, beginning with the farewell to the United States Ambassador, Mr Henning, and his family, the opening at the National Art Gallery of an exhibition of work by Maori artists, a welcome and luncheon for the contestants for the ‘Young Maori Man and Young Maori Women of the Year’ awards, and the finals of the Korimako Speech Contest.
Highlights of the weekend were the announcement at the Rangatahi Ball of the contest winners, Mrs Nganeko Minhinnick of Waiuku and Mr Bill Nathan of Wellington, and the appearance at the Rangatahi Concert of the guest star, Miss Kiri Te
Nganeko and Eden Minhinnick, above, and Donas and Bill Nathan, right. Both winners paid tribute to their partner for their encouragement and help in their community work
Mrs Minhinnick is deeply involved in community affairs at Waiuku, is a J.P., holds a Maori Interpreter's licence, and teaches Maori at local night classes.
Mr Nathan has made his mark in many things in Wellington, is manager of the New Zealand Display Centre, and with his wife takes a prominent part in the activities of the Ngati Poneke Young Maori Club.
Pictured at the presentation, from left, Mr John Morris, personal representative of Sir Jack Butland, Mrs Nganeko Minhinnick, ‘Young Maori Woman of the Year’, Sir Turi Carroll, president of the New Zealand Maori Council, The Hon. Duncan MacIntyre, Minister of Maori Affairs, and Mr Bill Nathan, ‘Young Maori Man of the Year’