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No. 73 (July 1973)

Japanese Royal Visit

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Mrs Nellie Rata, wife of the Minister of Maori Affairs, explains the words of an action song to Princess Michiko

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The royal couple chat to members of the Royal Thai Airforce, and ignore the driving rain as they say farewell to people on the marae, following their visit to Turangawaewae during this year's Coronation hui (see page 4).

Marae Closed

Turangawaewae Marae at Ngaruawahia will be ‘closed’ while the new Kimikimi dining hall complex is being erected. A few days after the Coronation hui in May, Akara dining room was to be dismantled, and shop and offices removed from the main old Kimikimi building, before it was moved alongside Pare Hauraki and Pare Waikato for eventual use as a sleeping house, possibly two-storied. Work is already well advanced on part of the new Kimikimi, and it is expected that it will be completed in time for a grand opening early next year.