People and Places
Woman of the Year
The Maori Council's ‘Young Maori Woman of the Year’, Mrs Veronica Hauraki of Te Atatu, is pictured with her husband Joe. She has been described as a ‘one-woman liaison committee between Maori and Pakeha in her community’, and finds that her job as a Post Office teller enables her to meet many people she can help. Mrs Hauraki says she tries to teach her four children by example to go higher—to join things so they can have a position where they can voice an opinion, and another of her aims is to keep her family together by sharing as many activities as possible.
At last year's Dominion Conference of the Maori Woman's Welfare League in Invercargill, their Patroness, Dame Te Atairangikaahu was presented with a gold medallion inset with diamonds by district Governor Rex Austin of Lions International, Named the International Order of the Lion, it is the highest award conferred to a lay person. The presentation was in response to the gift from New Zealand of a magnificent carved gateway which forms the entrance to the International Memorial Garden, in honour of the late Helen Keller, who inspired Lions International to make international support of the blind their No. 1 service project.
Visit to St Peter's
In 1968, the closing of the Marist Brothers St Peter's Maori College at Northcote was considered because of lack of facilities, but the fund-raising efforts of a Parents-Teachers-Friends Association paid for considerable expansion — new classrooms, library, ablution block and hostel. The Minister of Maori Affairs was shown areas for further expansion when he visited the college earlier this year.
During a pleasant visit to the office of the Minister of Maori Affairs by the Dominion Executive of the Maori Women's Welfare League, Mrs MacIntyre was made a Life Member of the League. Pictured are, at back, from left; Mr W. Herewini. Controller of Maori Welfare. Mrs H. Weka, Mrs E. Grooby, Mrs Maclntyre and the Minister, Miss A. Delamere, Miss J. Sutherland, Mrs S. Murray, Mr J. McEwen, Secretary for Maori Affairs, Mrs E. Armstrong and Miss M. Wardle, MWWL secretary. In front are Mrs M. Penfold, Mrs E. Otene, Mrs M. Karauria, Mrs H. Potaka, Mrs L. Puohotaua and Mr W. Ngata, the Minister's secretary.
Cadet W. T. Wharewera of Whakatane receives his regular force hat from Lt-Col. C. M. Bennett, D.S.O., a former Commander of 28 Maori Battalion at the graduation parade of Ngarimu Class, Regular Force Cadets, held at Waiouru Command in December last year. Top cadet was Regimental Sergeant-Major M. J. Grubb, of Auckland.
Colonel Bennett was invited to review the parade as he was Company Commander, and later Battalion Commander of Lieutenant Ngarimu's platoon, when that officer won his Victoria Cross in Tunisia.
accompanying him on a four-day visit to the East Coast, when he slept on maraes, met the people, and listened patiently to some who had complaints. He ‘compelled admiration for his seemingly endless ability to combine a happy blend of humour, charm, knowledge and authority,’ and ‘left a clear message that any worthwhile project promising success would have his support, while his main theme was self-help.’ His party is pictured with the local people at the farewell at Mangahanea marae.
Phillip Munro, of St Peter's Maori College, Northcote, won first prize in the speech competition for the Korimako Trophy last year, after being three times a finalist. Second was Georgina Baker of Taihape College, at left, and third, Lyn Maru of Te Awamutu College.
men's excellent work should be enhanced with tukutuku and kowhaiwhai. Traditional materials proved extremely difficult to obtain, so the hall is decorated with modern substitutes.
Our two pictures show the Minister of Maori Affairs talking with the little girl who was first across the threshhold and her father, and the Waihirere Cultural Group performing outside the meeting house, Te Mana O Turanga’.
Visit to Parliament
A long way from home were these pupils of Ngata College, Ruatoria, East Coast, who had just spent several hours at the House
Minister at Waitara
‘He'll listen to us, this minister,’ was the comment at Waitara, as it had been in other places, when the Hon. Duncan Maclntyre sat down to chat after the formalities and presentation of the Ahuwhenua Trophy were over. The winners were, in the dairy section, Mr Charles Bailey of Waitara, whose efficiency in pasture management and conservation were considered outstanding; and in the sheep and cattle section, Mr W. Konui of Manunui, Taumarunui, who achieved consistent 100% lambing in a dry season and in difficult country.
Douglas Family Reunion
At Tangata marae, Okauia, Matamata, a reunion of the Douglas family was held over Easter 1970. Members of the family came from far and near, but unfortunately, there were only about 200 present out of 700–800 members. The weekend was blessed with wonderfully fine weather, and the people young and old enjoyed themselves to the utmost. All through this reunion we had in our midst two of the original Douglas family—Mrs Mack, née Mary Ann Erana Douglas, born at Mohaka, Wairoa, in 1875, and Mrs Tanira, née Sarah Jane Tangataware Douglas, also born at Mohaka, in 1879. This was a great occasion indeed for these two old ladies to see some of their children, nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In the year 1870, Mr Edward Douglas married Te Korowhiti Tuataka, and they had 13 children. Of these, two died without issue, and the rest had fairly large families and during this 100 years, many have been born, brown-skinned and fair, with the same Maori and Pakeha blood running through their veins.
The two old ladies were each presented with a bouquet of flowers, after which they cut the centennial cake. Before the presentation of the book of remembrance, a representative from each of the 11 families present was asked to speak on behalf of their family. First was Edward Te Rangi Tuataka Douglas, born in 1891, eldest son of Edward Te Rangi Tuataka Douglas, born in 1871, and Te Korowhiti Tuataka.
After the speeches were made, Te Rangi Tanira Harrison, grandchild of Mrs Tanira presented the book of remembrance to the Douglas family and their descendants, this book being a record of the genealogy of both the living and the dead of ‘ngati Tangata o te rohe o Koperu’.
He Waiata Mihi
Ko tēnei waiata he waiata mihi ki ngā maramara o ngā tāngata o te whānau o Takirihi.
Tēna koutou e, e ngā iwi e.
Whakarongo mai ki te reo karanga,
Haere mai, haere mai, e hoa mā e,
Ki runga o Okauia e.
Pūtangi, e, ko te wairere,
Waihou rā ko te awa, pōkarekare ana e.
Kua riro te whenua, kua ngaro te tangata,
Auē, taukiri e.
Āpiti hono, tātai hono.
Tātou ko tātou, e hui tahi nei,
Me mihi kau iho, tēnā koutou,
Ko koe, ko ahau nei e.
E tū nei Tangata,
Mihitū ko whare,
Te Rangi Tuataka,
Korowhiti e kui, titiro mai,
Ki ō uri whakatupu e.
nā Rangi J. Harrison