San Francisco Secretary
Over in San Francisco since 1959, working in the New Zealand Government Tourist Office as secretary to the Senior Travel Commissioner in North America, Miss Lorna Bridges of Ngati Maniapoto is this year President of ‘Travellarians of California’, an organisation of about 150 women selling and promoting travel. This is the first time a girl from the South Pacific has held this position, and the only time it has been held by anyone other than an American citizen.
Pictured above at a Travellarians of California and Foreign Government Tourist Office's reception are, left to right; Lucette Sebba. Manager of the French Government Tourist Office, M. Sham Singh, Director, Western Area Government of India Tourist Office and president of the foreign Government Tourist offices, Lorna Bridges, and Ann Holt, Regional Sales Manager, Northwest, Hawaii Visitors' Bureau.
New Dean Waretini
Adrian Waretini, son of the famous tenor who died in 1967, has taken his father's name as he begins singing professionally. Brought up at Rotorua and working as a driver, Adrian has been singing since childhood. He recently cut his first record ‘Troubles in my Life’, and appeared as a finalist in Studio One's ‘New Faces’ contest.
South Auckland D.W.O.
Miss NgahinaturaeTe Uira is the first Maori woman to be appointed a District Welfare
Officer with the Department of Maori and Island Affairs. Her district extends from Mangere south to Mercer. Born at Taharoa, Miss Te Uira became dux of Queen Victoria School, has studied social welfare in the U.S.A. on a Foreign Specialists grant, and has since 1968 been Supervisor of Social Work Trainees at the State Services Commission.
New Deputy Secretary
Mr Ivan Apperley, left, is now Deputy Secretary of the Department of Maori and Island Affairs, following Mr Keith Laurence, who retired after holding the position for almost four years. Mr Laurence retired to Whangarei. where he had formerly been five years as District Officer. He is pictured with Mrs Laurence at their farewell function. Mr Apperley has been with the department 22 years and has been District Officer in Wellington, Palmerston North. Hamilton and Rotorua.
During their visit to Parliament House, Ellis Tepania, left, and Alexandra Grant. winners of Taubman's 1972 award for the two best painting apprentices, pause to inspect a sign erected by a young Maori protest group who camped in Parliament grounds for two or three weeks before the election.
Mrs Emma Grooby and Miss Margaret Hill, both of Dunedin. who have been elected national president and secretary of the New Zealand branch of the Pan-Pacific and South-East Asia Women's Association. Mrs Grooby. well known as Te Waipounamu's M.W.W.L. Area Representative, is the first woman of Maori descent to become P.P.S.-E.A.W.A. President.