A Holiday to Remember
Michael Ratapu of Mount Roskill had a memorable holiday, with the highlight a trip from Picton to Wellington on the Royal New Zealand Navy supply ship Endeavour. Michael's uncle was working with the organisers of the Cook celebrations at Ship Cove and arranged for Michael to travel back on the ship.
The Endeavour was carrying the Prime Minister and his party to Ship Cove and Michael had morning tea in the wardroom with him, the Leader of the Opposition and three Cabinet Ministers. He had lunch with the Governor-General, heads of Defence and Naval Staff, drinks with the crew in their quarters and tea in the wardroom. To complete the day he sat with the official party at the Ship Cove celebrations and was saluted when he boarded the ship.
The Chief Engineer escorted him over Endeavour and the Captain, Commander M. C. Verran invited Michael onto the upper bridge for the trip to Wellington Harbour. He is pictured there with the Minister of Maori Affairs, the Hon. Duncan Maclntyre, Rear Admiral C. L. Carr. Chief of Naval Staff, and Commander Verran.
Women took all the prizes in the second competition organised by the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation for new
action songs and poi tunes. A special section for the best original tune and lyric featuring Captain James Cook was added this time.
Winners are, from left, Mrs Moana Riini of Ruatoki, third in the action song section, Mrs Roka Paora of Te Kaha, first in the Captain Cook section, Mrs Kohine Ponika of Ruatoki, now of Turangi, first for the action song, second equal for the lyric for poi or action song and third for the Captain Cook theme, Mrs Phyllis Rickard of Manutuke, second in the Cook section, Mrs Moe Brown of Manutuke, second in the poi tune, Mrs Dovey Katene-Horvath, second in the action song and third in the poi chant, Mrs Maaka Jones of Gisborne, second equal and third in the lyric section, and Mrs Bella Collier of Tokomaru Bay with two first prizes, for the poi chant and the best lyric for a poi dance or action song.
Wedding in Brisbane
Two Maori members of the Queensland Polynesian Association were married at the Acacia Ridge Presbyterian Church, Brisbane. The bride was Miss Rina Campbell of Gisborne, and the bridegroom Tamati Kuku a son of Mr and Mrs T. Cook of Hokianga. They are receiving their marriage certificate from Padre Malcolm, a New Zealander, who officiated at the ceremony.
Law Society Scholarship
To mark the centennial of the New Zealand Law Society, its president Mr D. L. McGrath, presented the chairman of the Maori Education Foundation, Mr D. G. Ball, with a cheque for $5,000. With a government subsidy, a capital sum of $10,000 would be invested to provide an annual scholarship of $500, to be presented to a Maori student studying law. It was on the initiative of the Hamilton District Law Society that the centennial project was started, and its president, Mr D. L. Tompkins, was associated in the presentation.
Pictured with Mr Milliken of Taubmans Products and the Secretary for Maori Affairs, Mr J. M. McEwen, are Herini Waititi of Gisborne and William Hooper of Tolaga Bay, the two top Maori painting apprentices at the Christchurch Technical Institute. The prize, presented annually, includes a three-day all expenses paid trip to Wellington as guests of Taubmans.
Brief Visit Home
John Rowles, young New Zealand pop singer, paid a short visit home to see his family after making a great name for himself overseas with his hit song. ‘If I Only Had Time’.
Accompanying him as he arrived at Wellington Airport was his New Zealand Tour Manager, Mr Trevor King, well-known to many Christchurch apprentices, especially those at Rehua Hostel, for his assistance in the presentation of their stage shows.
Selected for Outward Bound
Three young Maori men from the Hutt Valley were chosen by the Lower Hutt Lions Club to attend an Outward Bound course at Anakiwa. Club members aimed to get a cross-section of abilities and interests, and were most impressed with the calibre of those finally chosen.
Pictured are Michael Ellers from Feilding, a carpentry trade trainee, Mr W. Fitzgerald, Chairman of the selection committee, John Kingi. of Taita College who intends to study law. Mr D. Myjer, president of the club, and Tamati Bristowe of Naenae College, who wants to be a forestry ranger.