Hawke’s Bay Photo News 1959 – Number 003 January

Hawke’s Bay PHOTO NEWS
No. 3

[Cover photo – The three place-getters of the Miss Hawke’s Bay contest are a fitting cover for a Hawke’s Bay magazine. They are from left to right, Sally King (3rd), Margaret Wilkins (1st), and Miss Julie Sparks (2nd).]

Inside front cover

Hawke’s Bay’s Own Pictorial News Magazine
Volume 1
No. 3

Editor H. D. Hanger

Postal Address
P.O. Box 470, Napier

Telephone Enquiries
4274 Hastings and 3697 Napier

Published monthly by The Hawke’s Bay Publishing Company Limited

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“Photo News” mailed to you on receipt of 12 issue sub. of 32/-

Retail Agents throughout Hawke’s Bay

“Photo News” Photographers
Batchelors Studios
Hastings and Napier

Copies of photos published are obtainable from the photographer whose name appears on the photo, or where no name appears, from Batchelors Studios, Hastings and Napier

Although the New Year has been heralded with sensational news of Russian moon rockets and such like, we have no doubt that the everyday happenings in our district are studied with far greater interest and enthusiasm by most of our readers.

The outdoor activities of the average New Zealander during the summer holiday period show his appreciation of the simple things in life which are within the reach of all.

Whether it be a day at the beach, a camping holiday, or just the pleasure of swelling the large crowds who gather to encourage our attractive bathing beauties, we can all say that life is indeed a pleasure and count ourselves fortunate that we can at such times not have to fill our minds with
anything of greater importance.


Photography is a field that has a large following and yet the results are rarely seen by the general public. There must be many photographs taken by Hawke’s Bay enthusiasts that would be of great interest to our readers, and to encourage amateurs to have their photographs published in “Photo News” we offer a prize of one guinea for the best photograph, in our opinion, that is published in each issue.

If the response to this offer warrants it we will also give a prize of ten shillings for the second best. Photos other than the prize winning ones will also be published subject to availability of space. Prints submitted must be at least 120 size and accompanied by the negative. Negatives will be returned if a stamped addressed envelope is enclosed.

Cover photo by Russell Orr

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It’s been bathing beauty time in Hawke’s Bay and one of the most important tasks was to find a fitting entry for the Miss New Zealand competition held recently in Paraparaumu. This was done to everyone’s satisfaction when Margaret Wilkins was elected Miss Hawke’s Bay. Seventeen-year-old Margaret is from Dannevirke and featured on the back cover of our December issue. All the entrants, except Julie Sparks who is featured elsewhere, are seen in the line-up above. The bathing beauty contests were very popular and drew large crowds as can be seen below.

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No further comment need be made about this bevy of beauties but it is worth noting that in the photo in right it seems that even a “batchelor” can get up on the stage for a closer looksee (extreme right). He’s there to take photos, but doesn’t seem to be worrying about his job much.

The three place-getters of the Miss Hawke’s Bay contest are a fitting cover for a Hawke’s Bay magazine. They are from left to right, Sally King (3rd), Margaret Wilkins (1st), and Miss Julie Sparks (2nd).

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Then of course there were the little girls. Not so little in the bottom right perhaps, and as the top picture shows not all girls either, but nevertheless, juvenile bathing belles completed the beach beauty parade with an entirely captivating show of their own. A young man has also got mixed up with the belles in picture on right, and they all seem to take the whole business very seriously.

BELOW, one Miss Mardi Gras seems to be emotionally affected by the whole procedure.

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Anything Hawke’s Bay can do Napier can do, too – with the aid of visitors anyway. This pictorial parade of beach beauties illustrates the high standard of entries in Napier’s Miss Mardi Gras competition. Again no comment is needed except to name the winners. ABOVE: Miss J. Sparks (3rd), Mrs B. Hunt (winner), Miss M. Heath (2nd).

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Waimarama beach has increased its popularity tenfold since the hill road leading to the sands and camping ground has been tar sealed. At holiday time this year this beach offered several interesting attractions. Surf clubs from the North Island beaches congregated for a demonstration of swimming and artificial respiration; there was a sandcastle competition organised for the children; and, as always, camping facilities, such as hot water and showers which are available to campers free of charge. The large number of people who turned out for the competitions was entirely in keeping with the popularity of this beautiful beach, even though it is many miles from Hastings.

ABOVE is a section of the crowd and at BOTTOM RIGHT one of the teams on the march. Surfing is a big attraction at the beach and at RIGHT is a picture of one surfer at the end of her run.

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Shots taken from the march past show

ABOVE, Paekakariki, BELOW, the Napier Club, and BOTTOM RIGHT, the Host Club, Waimarama.

All these men and no girls? Of course not, and here are three young girls enjoying the typical Hawke’s Bay weather.

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General views taken of the beach on the day show the many different ways of enjoying yourself at Waimarama.

ABOVE the sandcastle competition is in full swing with a lot of suggestions from the adults, who know all about it!

TOP RIGHT, and if the beach beauties should want a swim, the water is very inviting.

RIGHT. Nothing like a picnic on a beach, and with free hot water available the “cuppa” is no trouble to make.

BELOW. A charming study that could be titled “me and my dog”.

BELOW CENTRE. Getting rid of that salt water.

BELOW Right. This is great fun.

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Photographs on this and the next page, give a complete pictorial coverage of surf clubs rescuing a drowning man from the sea. On this page is a series of photos showing the paying out of the line to the “belt man” who has swum out to the patient. Reeling the “belt man” and patient in. The No. 6 linesman about to take over the patient, the No. 6 man is assisted by the Nos. 3 and 5 linesmen and patient is carried ashore, feet kept at a higher level than the head, and is laid down on the beach facing downhill. Photos taken of separate teams on different beaches were combined for this series, and we hope that the result will perhaps give our readers some knowledge of this method. Drowning is often grimly called the New Zealand death. Study these pictures and you may one day save a life.

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The Holger-Neilson Method.

LEFT. Once the patient has been positioned with the head resting on his hands, check the mouth for obstruction and ensure that the tongue is not blocking the throat. When hands are placed on the face as shown, the forefinger can be used to remove any obstruction.

RIGHT. Position yourself as shown.

BELOW. From a natural kneeling position rock forward until the arms are vertical as in

BELOW RIGHT, exerting pressure with the hands. This to the count of 2 1/2 (seconds). Pressures 33lb to 44lb, adult male; 24lb to 36lb adult female; and 2lb to 4lb, using thumbs only, for as small child. A 1 to 6 count representing seconds is used here.

ABOVE. From the vertical position rock back, sliding the hands down the patient’s forearm until gripping just above the elbow, this to the count of 4; then ABOVE RIGHT and RIGHT the elbows are gently lifted to the count of 5, drop the elbows to the count of 6, and return hands to original position. Total time for full cycle is 6 seconds.

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That sinking feeling hits many canoeists at a fun and frolic afternoon held in Windsor Park Motor Camp in Hastings. Each year just after New Year’s Day, canoe races are organised for campers, and crowds, loudspeakers, children, coloured shirts, judges and camera enthusiasts mixed and mingled to watch modern day Columbuses attempt a stormy crossing. One paddle and a great amount of energy, plus a liking for a ducking, were the main requirements as the canoes were only designed for a quiet little paddle down the lake on a sunny afternoon.

BELOW. The young fry off to a flying start. A certain amount of crowding is going on in the right of the picture and it was a matter of the survival of the fittest.

ABOVE. A very large crowd of campers and visitors lined both sides of the lake.

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A “No Parking” sign came in handy as a marker, but if the boat disappeared from under the paddler there was no option but to park, but nevertheless the law must be obeyed and the youngster above is getting away from that sign as fast as he can. Then came the turn of the men, and they thought they were real sailors, but alas, down she goes without trace.

The canoeist on the left stopped paddling just long enough for his steed to go down, but he just wasn’t getting anywhere, so, ‘pick her up and start again’.

BELOW, looking to see if there’s any holes in his boat.

Or, you could say he’s getting at things from a different angle.

BELOW RIGHT. It looks like this competitor came along to have a bath.

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And then the girls are away, and if determination is anything the girl in the top left picture is going to win. Women drivers are all the same and it looks like Lloyd’s is going to have a job untangling this one TOP RIGHT, but on the turn still in the lead, below left, and then, catastrophe, with both the ship and a strap. Her competitor RIGHT is quite pleased, as our heroine, togs adjusted, stands defeated.

Then they tried tandem style and the dress regulations were fairly lax and seamanship was frightful. The lady in the hat was a bit optimistic about staying in the boat.

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As it turned out she was over sure, for if they managed to complete the course they were tipped out anyway, and there were plenty of willing hands to do the job.

RIGHT and BELOW LEFT. Eventually of course, things got out of hand and nearly everybody who was anybody was in the water. A paddle is excellent for making a big splash, and two is even better, but the youngsters and the girls got the better of him anyway.

BELOW RIGHT. Ken Sparks, with the aid of a loudspeaker, kept the pace going and managed to keep well clear of the water.

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Over 3000 adults and children lined Heretaunga Street, Hastings, when Saint Nicholas came to town on the occasion of his birthday. This splendid figure on his white horse was reversing the usual custom, and giving instead of receiving gifts, much to the delight of the children. The Saint Nicholas celebrations staged by the Hawke’s Bay Netherlands Society was the first to be held in Hastings, and were an enormous success. Proceedings started early in the afternoon, and led by the Citizens Band, and mounted on a milk white horse, the old man in flowing beard and clerical vestments rode down the main street to the Farmers Tea Rooms. He was followed by his servants who gave peppermints to any child who would hold out a hand. At the tea rooms the Saint welcomed all his children’s friends, found them all well behaved and presented 1400 of them with a present and a balloon. No child was sent away empty handed.

Mounted on his white charger, Saint Nicholas presented a scene of grandeur rarely seen anywhere in New Zealand.

The legend of St. Nicholas is obscure, but it is entirely of Dutch origin, and yet Saint Nicholas is said to have lived in Spain. His Black Peters are actually Moorish servants that he brings with him to Holland each year for his enormous birthday party.

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The Dutch people of Hastings did the job properly and Hastings was treated to the unusual sight of men, women and children walking the streets of Hastings dressed in their National costume. Unfortunately we didn’t get a photo of the baby in the pram in the top right picture, but presumably it was dressed in the Dutch fashion, too.

LEFT. At the Farmers Tea Rooms guests were waited on by waitresses also dressed in the National costume. There was many an envious child on the side line as they watched the Dutch children dressed in such picturesque fashion.

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ABOVE. A shout from the photographer, and this bird’s eye view of the children waiting to get into the Farmers was taken.

BELOW and RIGHT. It’s not a mistake, the expressions on these children’s faces were well worth the space of two photographs.

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ABOVE. A queue of parents and children stretches up Market Street.

LEFT. Before starting on his journey, St. Nicholas and his Black Peters (pictured below) were welcomed to Hastings by the Mayor, Mr. W. E. Bate. The Netherlands Society in this district are to be congratulated on this cultural, happy and warm-hearted addition to festivities in the Bay.

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A favourite with the children, a pleasant spot for adults, and a very worthwhile improvement to Napier’s already famous Marine Parade, sums up the general feeling concerning the new boating lake at the southern end of the City’s foreshore. The boats pictured on this page were presented by the 30,000 Club and were converted from aircraft drop tanks by the City Council. For the very reasonable charge of 6d. children, and adults too, two at a time, can paddle round for fifteen minutes. A penguin house and a seal pool for this area is now under consideration.

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“Home was never like this” according to members of the Caravan Club who recently enjoyed an outing together. Many different styles of caravans were on display, all of them featuring the maximum of comfort and convenience in the minimum of space. All members voted the outing a complete success and without a doubt it will be repeated, with more members attending as the number of caravan enthusiasts grows. A more perfect setup than the one pictured above would be hard to imagine and many a camper, tent fashion, must look with envy at this “mobile hotel” and the really modern caravans featured below.

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No home, whether a home on wheels or not, is complete without a kitchen, dining-room. As the photos on this and the opposite page show, caravans these days come very well equipped. We found it amazing that such modern well equipped kitchens could be fitted into the limited space available, but there they were, and could well be the envy of many a housewife whose home is built on a solid foundation.

Built-in frig’s, sinks with running water, venetian blinds and even a flower box are part and parcel of today’s caravan. No wonder the Club has a large following. Below is the Caravan committee, from left, Messrs. Jonas, Bennett, Louis, Newell, Spence and Austin, all looking very cool.

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[Photos of the inside of a caravan]

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Father Christmas’s visit to the Hastings Hospital is responsible for this page of happiness. He arrived in his modern sleigh, the city fire engine, complete with fairies. These children, confined to a hospital bed for Christmas, deserve all the happiness that Santa brought that day. An especially brave girl, Marilyn Toothill, is seen with Santa in the picture below.

Christine Palmer
Belinda Shepherd
Graham Gillies
Pattie Birch talks with “Aunt Gwen”
David Rowe

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Nurses and hospital staff work hard, accept salaries that cannot be classed as generous, remain on duty for long hours and rarely complain, but occasionally they do get together and have a good time. The occasion of the Hastings Nurses fancy dress dance is caught here in a series of studies of young people thoroughly enjoying themselves.

A “skeleton staff” served as a reception committee.

ABOVE and ABOVE RIGHT, Santa and a very nice fairy arrives, and the matron receives a gift. It was a great night and one well earned by the staff.

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In an imposing ceremony Miss Pamela Youel was crowned Carnival Queen of Napier. Queen Pamela, seen with her entire court, played her part with charming graciousness throughout the triumphant and colourful occasion. She was the Hospital Queen and as such was attended by nurses in their trim white uniforms. At the crowning Miss Youel wore a magnificent regal blue train, but you see her, left, with her princesses. They are Jean Alsop (Aero Club), Dianne Murray (Swimming), Janice Marple (City Band) and Raewyn Fairbrother (Pioneer Marching).

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Top American skaters have been paying a brief visit to New Zealand and they obligingly posed for “Photo News” on practice afternoon held in Napier.

The team, shown in the three pictures above, were left, David Babb, American all-round speed champion; middle, Dianne Ludwig, junior girls champion, U.S.A. and right, Paul Zukowski, American free-style solo champion.

D. Babb, M. Walker, J. Ramsey and L. Griffiths

LEFT. Zukowski and Ludwig were the perfect pair and their performance in both Hastings and Napier was faultless, and was well worth travelling a long way to see.

ABOVE. Their manager very kindly made like a skater for this picture of the troupe.

ABOVE and Right. All three of the team kept very busy signing autographs and as these pictures, taken at Hastings, show, they seemed to enjoy mixing with the locals.

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A page of pageantry came to Waipukurau on the occasion of Central Hawke’s Bay’s Centennial Celebrations. High light of the festivities was a magnificent parade on the final Saturday, and here you see pictured just two of the imposing floats in a procession that boasted over 40 entries. Nurses from the local hospital looked their starched white best as they cruised slowly down the main street on a float depicting various uniforms worn during the past hundred years. Nurses themselves, however, have hardly changed – and many a recuperating patient is thankful for this fact. Power, on the other hand, has altered by units and volts, leaps and bounds, and the imposing simplicity of this service to the community was powerfully demonstrated by the modernistic float, shown left, entered by the N.Z. State Hydro Department.

Photos by Max Moverley, Waipukurau

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Waipawa, sister township to Waipukurau, brought a large gaily coloured float to the celebrations and local opinion held that the gay flowers and ferns could not have been topped by a better device than that depicting the Waipawa town clock.

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ABOVE. Obviously a great deal of time and effort went into the making up of this detailed relief map showing the methods used by the Ministry of Works to keep the Taupo Road open from 1870 onwards. From a ferry for the stagecoach and the present day wooden bridge shown to the right of the picture, to the planned bridge of the future, an exact replica of which aeroplanes and ‘copters will look down on to as they ply the airways to and from New Zealand’s largest lake.

BELOW. It is doubtful whether the not so modern vehicle pictured here will be around to use the new Mohaka Bridge, but you never know. For its age it certainly had plenty of advice to give to spectators whether they wanted it or not, and caused one of the many happy moments in a day full of enjoyment for residents and visitors to Waipukurau’s Centennial Parade.

Photos by Max Moverley, Waipukurau

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The wide variety of floats made the parade really worth seeing and this page gives an idea just how wide was the variety.

ABOVE, two identities of Waipuk.,  Clive Cassidy and Trevor Terry, ride a motor scooter,

TOP RIGHT, Mr. P. Pilchers brought along his Steamroller from Otane,

RIGHT, two industrial floats, and BELOW, a team of girls from the Waipukurau Roller Skating Club.

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After the parade came the display of, amongst other things, gymnastics. Members of Mr. C. Simmonds’ Club, Napier, are seen giving an impressive tableau salute to their hosts, and a display of gymnastics of which many a professional would be proud.

How many national costumes can you pick in the photo above?

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Judith Baylis (centre, in case you wondered), John Harwood and Bob Stubbs.

TALKING OF COSTUMES! Here are more celebrators who felt the parade was an excuse for dressing up.

Above: Three little girls in blue, green, yellow and red – Judith, Leslie and Joan Mackie.

BOTTOM LEFT: Two real live firemen who have just put out a volcano, and BELOW, Bill Cheer who believes in putting up a bold front.

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ABOVE. A much better view of the nurses from the Hospital float, and RIGHT, a truly fine pictorial study of a truly handsome lady.

Some of the staff of the Central Hawke’s Bay Power Board enjoying the sun and the admiring glances.

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ABOVE. Each year the Jaycees set off at Christmas time to bring a little cheer to patients at hospitals, and deserving people, and this year they decided that a Jaycee dressed as a real dinkum New Zealander would be sure to bring joy; and from the look of them in the photo above they surely must have done just that.

BELOW. On cold nights Miss Heather Angus has no need of a cover for her pony Smokey as there’s enough ribbons and more to do the job. Heather has ridden Smokey to school for the past five years and has taken over 100 placings at local sports and shows, and is still going strong. Smokey is nine years old and must be one of the most beribboned ponies in the country by the look of this picture. Mr. and Mrs. G. Angus of Tikokino must be very proud of their daughter and Smokey.

Photos by Max Moverley, Waipukurau

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ABOVE. ROBINSON – PEDERSON. At Waipawa, Shirley Dawn Pederson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Pederson of Waipawa, to Neil Culling Robertson, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Robinson, Waipukurau. Team mates from the Waipukurau H.S.O.B. XI formed a guard of honour for their captain. Future home is Hatuma.

BELOW. COOPER – UJDUR. At St. Joseph’s, Waipukurau,  Patricia Ujdur, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. Ujdur, Waipukurau, to Patrick Cooper, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Cooper, Tahaenui, Wairoa. Future home is Waipukurau.

ABOVE. BAYLISS – BROOKS. At St. Andrew’s Church, Waipukurau, Judith Walling Brooks, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. T. Brooks, Waipukurau, to Thomas Barrie Bayliss, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Bayliss, “Ashley”, Takapau. Future home of couple is Takapau.

Photos by Max Moverley, Waipukurau

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Ever had the urge, mother, to get away from it all? To go back to childhood? Members of the Waipukurau Mothers’ Club made back to childhood with a vengeance when they had a club evening recently, and after all they should know how. Miss B. Butterfield has been active in the club for many years and entered into the spirit of things with a gusto, featuring TOP LEFT as Hypnotist, and BOTTOM LEFT as a wee lassy. N.Z.’s hope for the Rome Olympics is TOP RIGHT Mrs. H. Bond, seen here in the relay race, and RIGHT, Mrs. W. Cheer showing her form as a cyclist.

TOP CENTRE, recalling her first date is Mrs. R. Carpenter.

BELOW Miss M. Mackenzie and Miss M. Reeves, two of the teachers, as pyjama girls.

BOTTOM RIGHT, Mrs T. Jay and Mrs. B. Paton apparently believe in children smoking.

Photos by Max Moverley, Waipukurau

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Hard on the heels of Waipukurau’s big celebrations came the opening of the new Waipawa bridge. There’s a pavement for pedestrians on one side of the magnificent new bridge and yards of smooth concrete surface for the cars that, daily, stream north and south through Waipawa. Fittingly the ribbon to officially open the bridge was cut by Mrs. Watt, wife of the Minister of Works, and then, with pipers playing and super-smart girls to lead the way, the bridge was open to all comers. Waipawa and Hawke’s Bay can be proud of this modern new possession.

Photos by Max Moverley, Waipukurau

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This is a photo of achievement. It depicts the City of Napier Ladies’ Pipe Band on the Marine Parade, Napier, wearing full dress uniform for the first time. The band was only formed two years ago and in the first year they raised £200 to pay for their instruments. By the end of their second year they had collected a further £600 to pay for these uniforms which were made in Wanganui after the material had been purchased in Scotland. Funds for the uniforms have been raised by their appearances at functions and by organising such things as the “Girl of the Week” contest.

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Sunlight and the promise of excitement sent large crowds flocking to Port Ahuriri for the recent Centennial car races. Many cars of all classes roared through the turns and twists of the Ahuriri roads, and heading the field on the day was the Aucklander M. Neil, shown in the bottom right picture with two friends shaking hands over his successful Cooper Climax. Neil is third from right wearing sunglasses for the Hawke’s Bay weather. For the crowds who had a view of the starting grid, excitement mounted each time the cars made ready as in the top picture high powered cars prepare for one of the big events of the day
Batchelor Studios photo

Photos by McConnel Bros.

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Spectators lined the course at every vantage spot while the cars, in this case racing models, swept into and out of the many tricky bends. Speeds were high but accidents were conspicuous by their absence. Even so the organisers of the weekend took no risks. On the extreme right of the top photo can be seen the hay bales which lined the corners and which, in effect, prevented a nasty accident later in the day. To the right and below are pictured more cars which helped make the Centennial races an exciting day. Note the oil drums backing the racer 33 and the protective glass worn by drivers across their eyes.

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There was one accident during the day. An Alfa-Romeo can be seen, top left, hitting one of those hay bales with the driver, Brian Tracey, still aboard. Immediately after stopping, Tracey was up and away over the nearest fence. He returned, however, when his car, fortunately, did not blow up. Spectators and mechanics helped push the car off the hay and back into commission. This Alfa-Romeo was the character car of the meeting and on the left is a series of pictures showing its individual and exciting method of cornering. Tracey can produce 160 m.p.h. from his car and a glance at the powerful and massive engine, below right, gives an idea how these cars reach such speeds.
McConnel Bros. Photo

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Card in hand, an official checks over the line-up at the start of the Sports Car race. Grand cornering by these little cars added to the thrills and all the races, due to expert handicapping, resulted in close finishing tussles. Enthusiasts may like to name the saloon cars in the picture above for themselves. Below is seen the Judges Stand complete with tape recorder and adequate if not comfortable seats.

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Mechanics, amateur and professional, were part and parcel of the meeting. Drivers and owners from all over the North Island were particularly helpful in the way they let spectators inspect the vehicles. Some of the professional mechanics are pictured on this page. Top left shows the pit crew of Doug Lawrence, with the driver himself at the wheel of his T.R.3 Minstrel. Car number 57 came from Napier and was a home-built V-8 Special. K. Gillon is the driver and his mechanics are Johnny West, Graham Gillon and Colin Briggs.

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From every corner of New Zealand Scouts have been assembling for the Pacific Jamboree held in Auckland. Hawke’s Bay was well represented and here the Napier contingent, complete with gear, left Napier station on the Sunday before the Jamboree after having first marched past the Mayor of Napier, who took the salute. Off to Auckland, then meetings with Scouts from other centres and overseas, new friendships, new experiences and new memories to bring back to Napier with them.

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When Johnny Devlin comes to Hawke’s Bay everyone goes slightly crazy – including the musicians. They tell us that rock ‘n’ roll is very tiring and perhaps that’s why most of the players, and singers, take it lying down. Johnny himself found, BOTTOM LEFT,  that he was able to sit upright when he wasn’t weighed down by his coat. Any man who still finds rock ‘n’ roll unappealing after a study of the centre bottom photo just doesn’t understand music, and for those who think they can dance Johnny brought along the champion New Zealand rock ‘n’ roll pair to give an exhibition.

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Autographs were in urgent demand wherever the troup went and an autograph on the arm is as good a place as any, even if it was difficult to keep the arm out of water. Dress or slacks makes no difference to this girl who spent most of the dance upside-down.

The quartet who supplied music “soft and melodious”

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Mr. Walter Nash obviously considered the opening of the Pensioners Flats in Napier to be an event worthy of his personal attendance. The flats were built from a Government subsidy and donations made by Mr. H. A. Charles of Napier, Mr. Charles having donated a total of £20,000 for the initial block and a further £24,000 for a similar number of flats plus a community hall. The opening ceremony drew a crowd of about 400 people and the pensioners were quick to tell visitors that they were very happy in their new homes.

RIGHT, with the Mayor of Napier looking on, the Prime Minister unveils the plaque.

Mrs. Bickerstaff in her kitchen

ABOVE. Part of the crowd at the opening.

RIGHT. Mr. J. Edwards, M.P. the Prime Minister and Mr. Ryan, Napier Town Clerk, inspected all the flats completed.

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Hastings Intermediate School was the venue of young teachers in Hawke’s Bay recently, on the occasion of the annual diploma presentation. Young people pictured on this page are receiving their certificates of teaching after a year at training college and one as a probationary assistant. Once these diplomas have been gained, then the most attractive posts in New Zealand can be applied for. At one time diplomas were sent through the post. Now there is the presentation ceremony, and judging by the pictures the second method is an immense success.

Professor H. C. D. Somerset delighted in meeting old pupils of his, in this case Mrs. Townsend and Mrs. England.

ABOVE. Mr. Stanley, headmaster Of Waipukurau High School, congratulates his daughter and welcomes her into the teaching profession.

Annette and Jane Crisp, sisters, both received certificates.

The senior Inspector of Schools, Mr. D. C. McIvor, representing the Education Department, made the presentation.

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Christmas time is time for dancing in our province, and here are some random shots of some of these activities.

ABOVE LEFT you see Havelock North Infant School Concert, and in this picture is caught the grace and concentration put into the South Sea Island dance, and ABOVE, an old custom joins the new to provide very enjoyable entertainment.

BELOW, children are seen demonstrating what they have learned, at Miss May’s dancing recital held in Napier.

LEFT, an appreciative audience watches the dancing.

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Shall we join the “Ladies”, TOP. They seem to be having some difficulty in keeping in time at the Pothan Recital held in Taradale. Children do, of course, make perfect picture subjects and the results are always rewarding. A glance at the expressions caught in the picture ABOVE of Children watching the Pothan Recital and also those on the opposite page give weight to the statement.

Parties this year as always came thick and fast and it is impossible to include all the activities in this direction. However there was just room to squeeze in a topsy turvy shot from the celebrations at Morrison Motor Mowers, of Hastings.

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Here you see various stages in a fire-equipment demonstration given by the Ministry of Works to the State Forestry Service. Mr. Munro, in the white coat, gave the demonstration and below, one fire extinguisher has failed to operate. Mr. Munro pointed out that this is very liable to happen if equipment is not inspected and serviced regularly.

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Napier’s harbour settled down with its background of weeping hills to enjoy a day of grace and beauty on the occasion of the yacht races held soon after the New Year began.

Motor boats and sea going vessels in the main harbour took a back place for the day while the swans of the seas sailed gracefully across the harbour.

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ABOVE. WEBB – SEDCOLE. At the Knox Presbyterian Church, Dannevirke, Myra Annette Sedcole, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. I. Sedcole, Dannevirke, to Warren Ross Webb, son of Mrs I. Webb and the late Mr. C. A. Webb of Rawhiti St., Dannevirke. Attendants: Mr. B. Swenson, Miss R. Woodley, Mr. C. Swenson and Miss P. Sedcole. Future home of couple is Roneatea, Palmerston North.
Barretts Studio, Dannevirke

LEFT. WILLIAMS – WYLIE. At St. John’s, Hastings, Janet Mary, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Wylie, Napier, to Graham Cyril Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Williams, London, England.
Batchelor Studios Photo

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BELOW RIGHT, Valerie Prior, daughter of Mrs. E. Prior. Fitzroy Avenue. Hastings, about to cut the cake on the occasion of her coming of age party, held at the Old Folks Association Hall in Hastings.

ABOVE. Twins, Allan and Margaret Hope, son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Hope, Guthrie Road, Havelock North, celebrated their 21st Birthday at the Oddfellows Hall, Hastings.

ABOVE. A large number of guests were entertained at the Oddfellows Hall, Waipawa, by Mr. R. G. McLeod on the occasion of the 21st Birthday party of Miss M. Thompson.

BELOW RIGHT. When Trevor Palmer of Hastings celebrated his coming of age, the party was held at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Palmer of Murdoch Road Hastings.

Photos by Max Moverley, Waipukurau.

ABOVE. Bruce Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs L. Brown, Park Road, Hastings, celebrated his coming-of-age with a large gathering of friends at the Buffalo Hall, Hastings.

CENTRE. Mrs D. White of Twyford entertained friends at her home on the occasion of her brother, Neil Roger’s 21st. Neil is the fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. Rogers of Hastings.

Photos by Candid Camera Studies Photo

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ABOVE LEFT. A large number of guests were entertained at the Onga Onga Town Hall on the occasion of the 21st party of Barry Baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Baker.
Bachelor Studios Photo

ABOVE RIGHT. Richard Wilson celebrated his 21st with about 120 guests at the Labour Hall, Taradale. Richard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Wilson, Greenmeadows,
Batchelor Studios Photo

LEFT. At the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Feierabend, Dannevirke, Florence May Feierabend celebrated her 21st with relatives and friends.
Barrette Studio Dannevirke

BELOW. Rosemary Gertrude Barton, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. Barton  of Napier, recently celebrated her Coming-of-Age and her Engagement to Brian K. Hudson of Wellington. A happy day indeed.
Batchelor Studios Photo

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ABOVE. SPENCER – BASHER. At St. Augustine’s, Napier. Jeannette Rennie Spencer, eldest daughter of Mrs. R. H. Halton of Napier, to Michael Reginald Basher, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Basher of Napier. Attendants, from left to right: Robert Fortune, Miss Roberta Elliott, bridegroom and bride, Miss Barbara Spencer and Mr. Bill Owens.
Russell Yeulett Hi-Light studio

BELOW. HERBERT – EARL. At the Church of the Epiphany, Ormondville, Betty Rosalie Earl only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Earl, Ormondville, to Leslie Gordon Herbert, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Herbert, Ormondville. Attendants from left to right: B. Herbert, Miss C. Herbert, bridegroom and bride,  Mr. Macauley and Miss C. Monteath.
Barretts Studio, Dannevirke.

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ABOVE. At the Methodist Church Napier, Gladys Durrant, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. R. Durrant, Wellesley Road, Napier, to Paul Van Voorthuijsen, of Haarlem, Holland.
A. B. Hurst Photo.

ABOVE. FRATER – CANTWELL. At Sacred Heart, Hastings, Margaret Cantwell, well known in the swimming and basketball world, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Cantwell, to Robert Frater, also well known in the swimming world, and an ex N.Z. golf champ.
Batchelor Studios Photo.

RIGHT. POWELL – JEFFARES. At St. Augustine’s, Napier, Judith Violetta Anne Jeffares, eldest daughter of Mrs. M. L. Jeffares, of Shakespeare Road, Napier, to Mervyn George Powell, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Powell, of Napier. Future home is Westshore. Attendants were Mr. R. A. Eagle and Miss M. Jeffares.
Batchelor Studios Photo.

Printed photo-litho for the publishers by Swailes, Hurst & Co. Ltd, Napier.

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An Introduction to Astrology with The Signs of the Zodiac by “Red Cloud”

Born March 21st – April 19th
Aries – January: Concentrate on a sensible long range budget. Messages from a distance, intellectual pursuits, creative programmes make the first week interesting. Do something about them. Don’t over indulge.

Born April 20th – May 20th
Taurus – January: Your popularity is high and your personal affairs should run at a swift pace. Love, distant matters and plans for expansion are favoured. Watch out for the 9th-16th, as romantic deception abounds. Elders, superiors mean business. Comply, it will pay off if you put business before pleasure after the 8th.

Born May 21st –  June 21st
Gemini – January: As you reap your greatest benefits through personal affairs and activities this year, January provides you with opportunity for planning behind the scenes of your outer life. It also provides a splendid opportunity, perhaps through the help of a person of importance, to get your home or base of operations in fine working order. Love and the romance of distant places can hold you spellbound, but watch your step.

Born June 22nd – July 22nd
Cancer – January: Take your choice – you can have Cancer cramps, caprice or capers this month, but if you tend to business you can make fine progress upon a conservative realigned path to success. This will still leave time for high social doings for which you are in great demand. For best results, curb emotions and keep alert.

Born July 23rd – August 23rd
Leo – January: Splendid career progress in personal or business partnership matters can be made this month provided you do not become belligerent. Watch out for deceptive influences concerning home and contacts. Mid-month favours long-term profitable business transactions. Take advantage of this as part of your future Formula for Living.

Born August 24th – September 23rd
Virgo – January: Your mind, heart and actions should be powerfully effective all month, but particularly from the 9th onward. Make every effort to get the show on the road and for a year’s run under the fine aspects. A trip is possible too. Don’t let emotional deception, your own or another’s, in daily environment or routine detract from steady progress. Your overall goals, business and special interests can be put into work mid-month, with lasting and unusual results. Reach agreements, take the lead, accomplish.

Born September 24th – October 23rd
Libra – January: Attend to matters of the past, organise a progressive schedule for action in February. You seem to have a loving secret of future promise. Don’t speak out of turn when some serious business can become part of your security. Powers that be are behind you lending support to your cause.

Born October 24th – November 22nd
Scorpio – January: Personal and business partnerships are to the fore all month, particularly where finances and serious constructive matters are concerned. Good news should be forthcoming. Community relations hold a long lasting key to some special desire of yours. Attend to home and domestic affairs that promise much in good fortune.

Born November 23rd – December 21st
Sagittarius – January: Your initiative counts right from the start. Act in an energetic fashion day by day in both personal programmes and business matters. Plans developed in private, especially concerning money making ideas of an inspirational nature, can be acted upon successfully in February. They could be first links with important people, present or future partners. Meanwhile keep your programmes secret.

Born December 22nd – January 19th
Capricorn – January: Love and many social delights start the year on a high note. Business and your ambition goals are highlighted. Communications, invitations hold promise for future benefits. Mid-month indicates a serious business opportunity despite possible delays in the final arrangements. Elders may also be helpful, as well as alliances with BIG BUSINESS. Watch the emotions at the month’s end as some situation may be tricky.

Born January 20th – February 18th
Aquarius – January: Social activities during the first ten days might lead to true love thereafter. Whatever the situation, some special wish or hope can be yours, perhaps through the help of friends. Your personal affairs are high all month, but don’t let this give cause for resentments or quarrels with those around you. Instead, entertain at home, so that every one can enjoy your popularity. Take time out for important planning.

Born February 19th – March 20th
Pisces – January: Even if social events, friends, relatives keep you dancing all this month, pay attention to business and your overall goals, especially to 10th, when emotional deceptions abound. Important messages can mean money and new honours around 15th. Project your ideas, partners and friends will back you fully. You should know a sense of relief and easement from old pressures.

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