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No. 71 (1973)
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Ko te Ariki Tapairu tena koe, ki nga iwi o Waikato tena koutou, ki nga tipuna tena koutou katoa. Mihi atu matou ki o koutou ahuatanga, ka nui a matou, aroha. Ki a koutou. Ka pai te aroha o nga nui pai, no Waikato. No reira, kia ora koutou katoa.

It is with great appreciation, that we now look back on what we term a first successful tour of the Waikato District. There are many people to whom we are grateful, for their help and their guidance throughout the whole period in which we toured. First to mind is Canon Wi Te Tau Huata, whose brilliance it was to organise the trip, and whose guidance saw us through in times of need, whose open house made us at home. Canon, we appreciate most sincerely all you did for us and only hope that other ‘Old Boys’ will follow your fine example.

To your wife and to your family also, we extend our aroha, for they went out of their way to make us all more than welcome. To those also in the Fairfield-Claudelands area who billetted boys in the first two nights of their tour we send a special thank you.

To the Rev. Sonny Melbourne who met us at Tokanui and took us into his area, we also express thanks. It was great. Nowhere else have we found hospitality as great as we did in your district. To the Old Boys, and Hukarere Old Girls in Te Kuiti we extend an extra thank you. To Mrs Anderson of Otorohanga, to the Parish Members of Te Awamutu, and to Mrs Johnson and family also we extend our aroha.

Thirdly to the Reverend Flavell and the people of Ngaruawahia. Thank you. Our special thanks to Queen Te Ata and her elders who showed us Maori custom and tradition in the fullest. To the women of Ngaruawahia and to Mrs Ngataki, we thank you too for your help.

Also to the people of Morrinsville, thank you all for your kindness and friendship. And may we just say here that we only wish that we could have spent more time, to learn your art in music.

And so once again we thank you all. To the people of Otorohanga, Te Kuiti, Kihi-kihi, Te Awamutu, Hamilton. Ngaruawahia, and Morrinsville, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Lastly to Mr Vickridge; Sir, thank you too for allowing us to make the trip. As our headmaster and father we thank you for all you did for us, and do honestly feel that without your hand things would not have been the same.

No Reira,

Kia Ora Ki Waikato.

To those who were not aware, Te Aute, during the last week of the second term, spent eight days in the Diocese of Waikato. The Goodwill Tour included concerts at Hamilton, Te Kuiti, Te Awamutu, Ngaruawahia and Morrinsville, also performances at Tokanui, Waikeria, Te Kuiti High School, Kihikihi, Te Awamutu College, and Morrinsville College. Also there were visits to places of historic interest like Orakau. Rukumoana and Kaia te Mate, along with a visit to a coal mine in Huntly (Rotowaru) and a visit to the Te Rapa Anchor Milk factory. The tour party consisted of 38 boys ranging from form three to form seven. It is said to have been the first time Te Aute has ventured into the Waikato.

Bruce Stone, Wairoa.

Songwriters at St. Stephen's School

In recent years Maori secondary schools throughout the country have composed their own waiata or Maori songs on special occasions.

St. Stephen's School at Bombay, Auckland, has led in this field and two of their efforts are printed here.

The first, ‘Nau Mai Ra’ was written by Paraire Huata, of Wairoa, Paratene Ngata, of Te Araroa, and others, as part of their school's participation in the celebations at Waitangi on 6 February, 1964. Queen Victoria School also took part, but performed separately because Waitangi Day was too early in the school year for practising a combined show.

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Nau mai ra

Nau mai ra,
Piki mai te kawana.
Mauria mai ra
Nga mihi ki konei.
Kua rangatira matou
I tenei ra.
I o kupu aroha.
E koro, koro, koro.
Taitamariki o Tipene
Mihi nei.
Kua whiwhi i nga hua
O te ao Pakeha,
Me te Maoritanga e.

The next waiata was written by Wassie Shortland to welcome the Minister of Maori Affairs, the Hon. Duncan MacIntyre, during a visit to the school last year.

Te Kotuku Rerenga Tahi

Te Kotuku rerenga tahi.
Haere mai ra.
Mauria mai te mana
Ki runga i te marae,
Kei pahekeheke noa
te iwi Maori
Kia awhina i nga mahi
a o matou tipuna
Te Kotuku rerenga tahi,
Haere mai ra.

Ko te karanga tenei
he tangata nui.
Nana ra i whakato
Nga pua mo enei ra.
“Kia mau te titiro
Ki te Rangi, ki te Atua”
Te kotuku rerenga tahi,
Haere mai ra.

I kawea mai no te rawhiti
Tae ki te tonga,
Whakaheke ki te uru
kake ki te raki e.
Whakawhiti te moana
Ki nga moutere,
Kia whakakotahi
Nga iwi katoa.
Te kotuku rerenga tahi,
Haere mai ra.


Welcome, welcome O Governor
bring all the blessings here
We are honoured
on this day,
by your words of love,

These are the young men
of St. Stephen's, who greet you.
They who have reaped the fruits
of the European world
and of Maoridom.

The White Heron of Single Flight

The white heron of single flight
Welcome to you.
Bring your prestige
upon this Marae
lest the Maori people
will backwards fall.
Help uphold the works
of our ancestors.
O white heron of single flight,
Welcome to you.

This is the call of these
young men
There came in the past
One great man.

It was he who planted
the seeds for these days.
“Fix firmly my gaze
Into Heaven and unto God.”
O white heron of single flight,
Welcome to you.

They were drawn from the east
and from the south.
Crossing to the west
and from the north.
Crossing the seas
to the Islands,
To unite all the people.
O white heron of single flight.
Welcome to you.