Hawke’s Bay Photo News 1961 – Number 031 June

Hawke’s Bay PHOTO NEWS
June 1961
31st Issue

[Cover photo – Lindsey Stewart, speech therapist at the clinic attached to Napier Intermediate School, sets the tone for winter with her headscarf]

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Vol. 3.
No. 7
JUNE 1961

Editor Arch. Barclay

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Published monthly by The Hawke’s Bay Publishing Co. Ltd. on the 4th Thursday of every month.

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Front Cover. Lindsey Stewart, speech therapist at the clinic attached to Napier Intermediate School, sets the tone for winter with her headscarf. Lindsey finds her recreation in tennis, water skiing and repertory productions.
Phil Moore Photo

Back Cover. “I think you’re beautiful too.” Michele Buchanan. aged two, Meeanee Quay, Westshore, and boxer “Dusty” have formed a mutual admiration society. Mike Buchanan took this study of his daughter.

C. E. T. (Teddy) Bennett, head prefect of Napier Boys’ High School in 1959 – 1960, points out his uncle’s and his own names on the school’s “all rounder” trophy, the Ashcroft Cup. His uncle, Mr. H. R. Bennett, seen with him, was head prefect in 1936.


Mrs. Elsie Sykes of Riverbend Road, Napier, met this 8 feet of carpet pyphon while holidaying in Queensland. The photo was taken at the Lone Pine Animal Sanctuary, Brisbane.
Reader’s Picture

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With his usual casual style the Wizard of the Magic Carpet, Selwyn Toogood puts another contestant, Mr. Lamb of Napier, at his ease when he tried his luck for an airtrip. Inter alia, Mr. Lamb admitted doing the dishes on his own and drew some Lux liquid for a helping hand.

Carl Luther of Marewa, left the stage heavy-laden with something for all the family. Selwyn helped him stow it.

Rugby forwards never reached higher than the crowd when free gifts were on the wing.

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Before recording sessions begin elimination rounds weed out the few who will finally try for the free trips around New Zealand.

The versatile microphone can be adjusted for Kim Mulloney or . . .

Stan Page who acted as helping hand for another Mr. Page beside him. They went out on a question about “Black Beauty”.

Peter McCormack of Napier goes through the drill which won him a trip for two.

. . .A second honeymoon for him and his wife, who were married last year.

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Retiring from the St. John Ambulance Brigade are Ambulance Officer, P. Blakesley (22 years) and Superintendent V. P. Long (21 years). They are seen with their wives after receiving presentations for their long faithful service, from the Chief Commissioner for St. John in New Zealand, Brigadier J. M. Mitchell, D.S.O., E.D., C.St.J.

Other officers of the Order were presented with service medals at the same function held in their headquarters, Southland Road.

Private F. Sheffield received the first bar in his long service medal for 17 years of duty.

District Superintendent, Ian Snadden of Hastings received his second bar for 22 years of service.

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Miss A. Atkins, first bar to Long Service Medal – 17 years.

Superintendent D. R. Burfield Long Service Medal – 12 years.

Miss W. Adam, first bar to Long Service Medal

Private I. Hickman, Long Service Medal.

Miss I. Griffiths, first bar to Long Service Medal.

Cadet Officer W. E. Beckett, Long Service Medal.

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21st. Birthdays

Kenneth, son of Mr. And Mrs R. H. Maaka, 7 Russell Road Napier.
Photo by Batchelors Studios

Mervyn Wybrott, world speed skating champion of Hastings, with his parents.
Candid Camera Studies

Margaret and Elizabeth, twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. J. Macaulay of Elsthorpe.
Candid Camera Studies

George Bruce, second son of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. E. Stephenson, Waipawa. The party was held at Waipukurau.
Candid Camera Studies

Janet Munro, Johns Road Taradale, seen with her brother and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Munro, at the Meeanee Hall.
Batchelors Studios Photo

Myra and Lorna, twin daughters of Mrs. N. Lambert, 504 Nelson Street, Hastings.
Candid Camera Studies

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21st Birthdays

Barry Lange with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Lange, Cunningham Crescent, Hastings, taken in the Old Boys hall.
Batchelors Studios Photo

Bruce Jans cuts his cake with his mother, Mrs. P. E. Jans, Kowhai Street, Hastings.
Batchelors Studios Photo

Bruce White of Kennedy Road, Napier, had quite a party with “his sisters and his cousins and his uncles by the dozen and his aunts”. They are, back row: R. White, Mrs. and Mr. J. White, Mr. and Mrs. F. White (all of Hastings) and Bruce’s father, Mr. E. A. White.

Third row: Mrs. and Mr. E. L. White. Hastings; F. Watson, Palmerston North; Mrs. R. White, Mrs. and Mr. L. Satherly, Havelock North; J. Paul. Hastings. Mrs. and Mr. W. Malcolm, Otane.

Second row; Mrs. MacDonaId, Mrs. Watson, A. J. White, Hastings; Mrs. Paul and Bruce’s mother, Mrs. E. A. White.

Front row: D. MacDonald, Pakowhai; Mr. and Mrs. G. W. White, Wairoa
Batchelors Studios Photo

Bruce and his cousins. Back row: Chris, Hastings: Keith, Wairoa; Ralph Watson, Palmerston North; Laurie Roberts, Brian, Hastings; Colin (Bruce’s brother); Malcolm MacDonald, Pakowhai.

Middle row: Margaret and Elizabeth Crook, Annette Roberts, Merylyn Herries, all of Hastings; June, Wairoa; Graham MacDonald, Eileen, Napier; Geofrey Malcolm, Max Watson.

Front row: Margaret MacDonald, Jennifer, Hastings; Janice, (Bruce’s sister) Bruce himself, Brenda and Phyllis, Wairoa; and Lynette, Hastings. Whew!
Batchelors Studios Photo

John Calnan, son of Mr and Mrs I.J. Calnan, Ward Crescent, Napier, celebrated with a party and dance at the Red Cross Hall.
Batchelors Studios Photo.

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The enterprise shown by carnival organisers in Hawke’s Bay of late in dreaming up money-spinning schemes seems destined to pauperise the populace. A recent effort by the organising committee of the Havelock North fund raisers just about capped the lot. A “Royal” cocktail party held at Tomoana Showgounds for a limited 200 couples at £10 a couple entrance fee.

At this fabulous do, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Howard renewed acquaintances with Stuart Gordon, popularly known as the “Blind Pianist” who provided entertainment.

And the man who took off the first prize for the evening – Bob Connop of the Havelock North Hotel with his “big box of chocolates”.

Hastings Wedding


At Sacred Heart Church, Hastings, Marguerite Joan, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Williams, Willowpark Road, to Dudley Harold Cresswell, twin son of Mr. and Mrs. U. Cresswell, Napier. The group from left: Major Cresswell, Annette Williams, the groom and bride, Ken Kite and Margaret Crook. Flowergirl, Christine Williams, pageboy, Rogan Thomas.
Stuart Johnson Photo

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Almost any Sunday a group of young people – the Open Air Gospel Crusaders – can he found at picnic spots throughout the Bay taking their “Happy Hour for Boys and Girls” to beaches, parks and rivers.

The children join Betty Jefferies, Rex Hagenson and Ray Harvey in an action song. As they get under way more children are drawn to the group and not a few curious adults. These groups gathered at two different picnic spots – Cornwall Park and Clifton.

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The cold weather sports got away to a good start this year and promise to be as keenly fought as ever. In a match between M.A.C. and Napier H.S.O.B. our camera caught T. Purcell making a desperate break through enemy territory.

M. Edwards still seems to be wearing his kicking boots this season.

There was plenty of action in the opening games of the hockey season. This is an incident from a match between Huias and Hastings High School.

Lindisfarne’s goalie on the defensive as Huia men’s forwards attack.

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Strenuous Sport


The opening and grading day for basketball in Hastings provided some fine action shots. In fact, at times our cameraman, Roy Batchelor, wondered if the girls hadn’t taken to ballet. It was a beautiful sunny morning at Ebbett Park and the girls made the most of it.

The shots on this and page 35 were taken during matches between Robins and United, and Huias and High School Old Girls.



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Members of the Young Farmers’ Clubs from Southern Districts of the North Island converged on Tomoana Showgrounds for their inter-club stock judging competition. In characteristic poses and hats these young men earnestly study their subjects.

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Eleven teams from Gisborne to Wellington competed. After marking sheets had been handed in, the judges gave their views. Here Mr. W. Gimblett of Hastings, gives his placings and comments on the Romney ewe section.

The Central Hawke’s Bay No. 1 Team. R. Upperton, J. Titchener, B. Gibbs, A. Brabner and M. J. Eddy look pleased with themselves. Their club was host for the contest.

Mr. W. Farquharson giving his comments on the fat wethers.

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(or Bunthorne’s Bride )

The first production of the newly-formed Hastings Light Opera Company – Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience” – turned out a winner when it ran to full houses for three nights. The producer was Dorothy Holderness, the musical director, Arthur Young. Already, the company has its next production “The Gondoliers” marked down for April 1962.

Leading roles were taken by Fred Geor as Colonel Calverley, and Betty Hunt as one of four “rapturous maidens”.

The chorus of Dragoons decked out in all their finery. They are: J. Aldersley, P. Bowater, P. Geor, J. Geor, M. Greene, C. Henderson. J. Hayward, G. Hoffman, M. Kelman, F, Kerrigan, J. Lindstrom, W. Lister, M. Morgan, H. Roelofsen, P. Trask. W. Tucker, B. Wilkinson and D. Wilkinson.

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Archibald Grosvenor (Terence Coyle) an idyllic poet, firts with Patience (Pat Chapman) a dairy maid, while Reginald Bunthorne (George Foster) a “fleshy” poet, appears slightly out of it.

The Duke of Dunstable (David Denniston) seems none too happy with another of the rapturous maidens, “The Lady Jane” (Bobbie Gamble) whereas Major Murgatroyd (Kit Tilton-Mist) is doing nicely thankyou with Lady Angela (Juliet Conway).

The chorus of rapturous maidens are R. Blake, B. Burnett, B. Hamilton, J. Hamilton, J. Henderson, N. Jagger, P. Lowe, V. Mason, J. Dassey, B. Powdrell, G. Powdrell, C. Reeves, M. Robertson, M. Rohrs, J. Ryburn, A. Thornton, H. Tucker and M. Vollans.

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Coral Beverley Giffney to Colin Desmond Franklin. She is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. Giffney, Hastings. He is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. W Franklin, Dannevirke.
Candid Camera Studies

Dorothy Cardno to Brian Otto. Her parents live in Miller Street, Hastings. His parents live in Wharerangi Road, Greenmeadows. Brian is in his final year of medicine.
Batchelors Studios Photo

Catherine Anne Heenan to Lloyd Seymour Skelton. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. I. B. Heenan, Te Aute Road, Havelock North. His home is in Auckland.
Batchelors Studios Photo


Valerie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Ross, Pukahu
Max Schindel

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Hastings Wedding


At St. Matthew’s Church, Hastings, Betty Catherine Gerbes, daughter of Mr. A. C. Gerbes, Nicholson Street, Hastings, to Ronald Jack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack, Plunket Street. Hastings. From Left: Andrew Gerbes, Bob Jack, the groom and bride, Valerie Ryder and Julliet Gerbes.
Bachelors Studios Photo

Napier Wedding


At St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Napier, Joy Annette Foster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Foster, Kennedy Road, Napier, to Peter George Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs H. Thomas, Wainui-o-mata. Wellington. Future home Wainui.
Photos by Bachelors Studios

Silver Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. A. K. Sykes, Riverbend Road, Napier, recently celebrated their silver wedding at the home of their daughter, Mrs. G. Boston.

Batchelors Studios Photo

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Men of the Ex-Navalmen’s Association marched through Clive Square, Napier, last month, to hold a short service at the Cenotaph. The Association held its conference in the city. The Navy representative leading the parade is Napier man, Captain Sam Mercer of the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Laying their wreath at the Cenotaph, where the service was conducted by the Rev. K. J. Mackie.

Captain Mercer with his mother, Madam Mercer, formerly a singing teacher in Napier.

The Conference group with their wives after the service.

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An unscheduled “springclean” for the Tom Parker fountain came a little late in the season when it went on the “blink” with mechanical and electrical trouble. Electricians and reserves staff of the Napier City Council soon had it functioning again.


Noeline Haggerty and Margaret Robertson add to the beauty of this lovely corner of Cornwall Park, a peaceful haven in the heart of Hastings.

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Just to prove that its a pretty good place to be when you’re not so well our photographer made a few calls on the Children’s Ward at some of the important times of the day.

Petuha Epirama seems content with his lot,

but Murray Bicknell is keeping a watchful eye on him.

The children enjoy their story time with the junior Red Cross nurses. Janet Cunningham is reading to them.

Photos by Phil Moore

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Faces lose their lustre at medicine time. Petuha, Leona Reti, Brett Herbert ( on the receiving end) and Murray queue up for their “dope”. The administering angel is Nurse Halstead.

But meal time tells another story. Jeffery Stevens, April Hohepa, Graeme Mortenson and Alan Gray tuck in at the table while others are served in bed.

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Susan Kemp receives her bath from Nurse Halstead and watches trustfully as Dr. J. Fraser checks her for extraneous noises.

Sister J. Frame attends to Kaye Foreman’s crib. Besides carrying out many of the regular duties of the ward, the sister also covers administration – eveything from checking new arrivals, to ordering linen and meals and directing the staff in their numerous duties.

Nurse Halstead hears Brett Herbert for his reading.

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Graeme Mortensen takes his dinner very seriously . . ,

while April Hohepa looks upon it as a social occasion to be grasped with both hands.

Lessons are just as important in hospital as they are at school and are a part of each day’s schedule. Petuha is deep in thought while Leona and Marie Chambers get on with their work. Brett is obviousy finished for the day.

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Many will still remember the good, safe swimming in the o1d Tutaekuri River where it passed along Georges Drive, Napier, before the earthquake. The old Te Awa Swimming Club’s shed was shifted in the 30’s to the Marine Parade near the tennis courts, then to the boundary at Ellison Street, where vandals gradually wrecked it. It was demolished last year. It was a great loss to the swimming fraternity when the river cut a new course to the sea four miles south.
H. Cottrell Photo

The same scene today – wide sloping lawns flanking a tiny stream that hardly flows – but it has given the city a lovely green belt.

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Sunshine GIRLS

Jocelyn Mclvor is a 23-year-old housewife of Taradale
Batchelors Studios Photo

Janice Matthews is a 17-year-old student of Latham Street, Napier.
Batchelors Studios Photo

Junie Sang works in her family’s florist shop. She lives in Te Awa Avenue, Napier.
Photo by Ron Sang

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Our Sunshine Girl contest has now closed. We are grateful to those girls who did enter but we can‘t help feeling the lack of summer sunshine had a lot to do with the reduced number of entries. However, you have made a good competition of it, girls. and we will be pleased to announce the winners in our next issue.

Shirley Beswarick of Southland Road, Hastings, is 16, a hairdresser in the city.

Maxine Kitt of Stortford Street, Hastings, is an office employee.

Photos by R. Clapperton

Nineteen-year-old Colleen Barry of Massey Street, Hastings, is a shop assistant.
Batchelors Studios Photo

Julie Keong of Queen Street, Hastings, is a 16-year-old pharmacy assistant.
Photo by B. Raxworthy

Christine Beswarick, Shirley’s younger sister, is a student.
Photo by R. Clapperton.

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The season got away to a flying start this year with weather that suited the shooter – a nice cloudy morning. On a property at Mangatahi, near Hastings, James Harvey wades ashore from his maimai with a brace of good plump birds.

“Not all mine,” says Chris Sorenson “but I got three of them myself.”

Roy Sorenson keeps a wary eye open in the shelter of his maimai.

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Roy and Norman Sorenson, James Harvey and Jim Sorenson with Chris in front proudly display their bag – over 20 birds.
Enough for a week ?

As you were!

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A third Mormon Chapel was recently completed and opened in our district at Bridge Pa. It not only provides a beautiful, modern-styled chapel but also contains a spacious gymnasium large enough for an indoor basketball court and complete with a stage for concerts, musical evenings and dances.

Looking across the gymnasium floor to the chapel and organ vents. This part can be shut off.

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The Latter Day Saints’ band at Bridge Pa which contains first-class musicians and can provide music for any occasion.


The Hawke’s Bay Car Club recently presented Angus Hyslop and Bill Hanna with a pair of stop-watches before they left for overseas to compete in some of the big time motor racing events. Mr. Bart O’Rourke, club president, made the presentation.

Photo News recently received this effort from New Zealand’s own Fidel Castro – at least that’s what he signs himself. His other name is Red Ryder and he hails from Hastings as does A. B. Purcell seen with “Fidel” in Singapore.

We are always glad to receive pictures from our readers but please remember when sending them in that that except for old or valuable prints we have to use and often cut the actual photo you send.

They must be glossy prints to reproduce well, with subjects, preferably, not too small. If you send the negative with the print we can enlarge it to suit our space and will return the negative to you.

The Editor

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St George’s Day

This assembly of Scouts and Guides gathered at Frimley Park, Hastings, on St. George’s Day, April 23rd, to honour their Patron Saint. There were 700 parents and children present.

These three people received awards from the district president, W. E. Bate. From left: N. Olsen, Lone Scouter (Letter of Commendation) District Cubmaster, Mrs. A. Pratt, and Scouter P. McAlpine (Medals of Merit).

The official party assembled under the giant oak. The guest speaker was Duncan MacIntyre, M.P. for Hastings, seen with his wife and daughter near the far end. The service was conducted by District Commissioners B. Oulaghan and K. Crabtree.

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Some of the healthy young New Zealanders who attended the service.

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Family Reunion

A family reunion recently brought together the family of Mrs. D. Jones, 5 Campaign Street, Napier. Standing: Mrs. R. Stewart, Christchurch; C. L. Jones, Auckland; Mrs. B. J. Dinneen, Napier; C. D. Jones, Napier; and Miss R. Jones, Napier. In front: L. D. Jones, Napier; Mrs. Jones, and Mrs B. W. McRae, Wellington.
Batchelor Studios Photo


Nestling below the trig station on the top of Te Mata Peak is a plaque honouring the pioneer surveyors of Hawke’s Bay. This centennial memorial was recently unveiled by Mr. A. J. Wattie, retired chief surveyor of the Lands and Survey Department. This photograph shows some of the usual Sunday afternoon crowd enjoying the view from this vantage point.

Russell Spiller took this rather unusual shot looking towards Napier, from a point just east of the trig. The Tukituki River can be seen winding to the Bay.

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When H.M.N.Z.S. Otago called into Napier recently she had same special guests other than the usual city fathers. This group of rangers travelled from Wairoa to meet their adopted ship. From left they are: C. Habgood, Mrs E. Montgomery, chaperone, G. Monteath, L. Welch, G. Middleton, J. Habgood, D. McLaren, Mrs. T. Habgood, chaperone, G. Durdy and G. Cox.

Members of the crew jumped to it with alacrity when detailed to show the girls over the ship. They’re seen here on the quarterdeck.

But these two, A. B. Stewart of Nelson and A. B. Luff of Westport, were way off target. Get on with your painting boys!

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Teacher Retires

After 20 years of teaching dancing in Hawke’s Bay, from Wairoa to Hastings, Miss Emma Maye (Mrs. H. H. Brown in private life) has retired from the active list. She is seen here on the right with her present highland dancing classes in Hastings. On the left is Miss M. White, assistant for five years who is now taking over the school.

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Hastings Wedding


At St. Matthew’s Church, Hastings, Muriel Anne Stanley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. N. Stanley, Selwood Road, Hastings, to Colin Wilfred Boult, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Boult, Miller Street. Future home will be Papatoetoe, Auckland. The group from left: Barry Milne, Anne Warren, the groom and bride, John Fairley and Daphne Stanley.
Stuart Johnson photo



At the home of the bride’s parents, Adrienne Eleanor Wilson, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. McL. Wilson, Guppy Road, Taradale, to Brian Vincent Dean, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Dean, Te Aute Road, Havelock North. Future home will be at Taurauga.
Batchelors Studios Photo


To keep wedding photographs in proportion to other material in Photo News, we ask you to send in a 3 X 4 glossy print of the couple only.

However for those who particularly want a 6 X 4 wedding group in Photo News it has been decided to publish such groups on receipt of a ten shilling postal note with a 6 X 4 glossy print.


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The Skirl o’ the Pipes

H. B. bands which competed in the National Pipe Bands Championships held this year at Hastings.

The City of Hastings led by Drum Major John Briasco came third in the A. Grade street march, third in dress and third in the drum major’s display.

H.B. Scottish, another Hastings band, although under strength, took part in the championships as non-competitors.

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The Port Ahuriri Caledonian have achieved their ambition and moved back into the B Grade. At this year’s contest the band won the C Grade Aggregate, the Dress Inspection and Drum Major’s Display under Drum Major Murray Munro. They were second in the Test Selection and Drumming and third in the Quickstep.

The only women’s band, the Napier Ladies’, did well in the C Grade – first in the Street March, second in the Quickstep, third in dress, and unplaced in the Selection with five bands competing. Drum Major Pam Andrews, led them in the street march. Inset The band’s four side drummers watch the rest of the parade go by after their turn.

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The fast-growing Napier suburbs of Onekawa and Maraenui (background) seen across the industrial area of Onekawa, with its timber mills, wholesalers stores, factories, and builders’ yards rapidly changing the landscape. Already, within a few brief years of this land being made available, the city council is opening up further areas to the right of this photograph – south westwards. The photo was taken by cameraman Russell Spiller – among the guests of South Pacific Airlines when one of their viewmasters showed the flag in Hawke’s Bay recently. Te Mata Peak and the sweep to Kidnapper’s show on the Skyline.

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Some of the fortunate guests of Airlines of New Zealand cross the tarmac to the Viewmaster DC3, led by Jack Creagh and “Darkie” Davidson. They represented 32 aspects of civic life in Napier.

The crew who flew them. Captain Jack Budd, First Officer Keith Walsh, and Hostess Loraine Anderton, all of Auckland.

Looking across the suburbs of Marewa and Napier South to the Marine Parade and the Pacific.

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Unique Wedding Ceremony

A wedding ceremony recently performed in St. Patrick’s Church, Napier, may have some claim to fame for the two altar boys who assisted the priest, Father Loft, S.M. during the full nuptial mass, were brothers of the bridegroom.

The groom, Brian Plunkett, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Plunkett, Marewa, helps his bride during the ceremony. She was Rose Isobel Dassler, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Dassler, Taradale.

John and Colin Plunkett beside Father Loft during the service. Lower: The wedding group, from left: Jim McMinn, Margaret Plunkett, the bride and groom, Gail Owen, Paul Evans, Flower girls, Cheryl Hollis and Lynette Eady.

Photos by Batchelors Studios

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Miss Personality

The crowning ceremony and the assembled subjects at the finale of Napier’s Miss personality Quest staged in the Centennial Hall before 1400 people. Mayor, Peter Tait, crowns Miss Personality, Raewyn Fairbrother in an impressive ceremony.

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Penny Young With Heather McKay, Tony Sweetapple and Yvonne Young.

Janice Neal with Thomasina Hawaikirangi.

Gail Bishop with Lynette Kenworth and Caroline Wylie.

Dorothy Hewitt with Jeana Black and Wendy Gray.

Noeline Coates with Sandra Eagle.

Margaret Dunstall with Faith Mahony and Jennifer Willis.

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Darielle Tucker with Robin Alexander and Jennifer Prout.

Even the Queen smiled when she dubbed “Baron Douglas Shearer” M.E.B.I.N. – Most Eligible Batchelor in Napier, G. P. O. George Paxie’s offsider – honours conferred on him him for meritorious service during the Olympic Pool Campaign.

Diane Blackford with page-boy Ian Hickey.

Some of the “titled nobility” at rest after receiving their honours, richly deserved after six weeks solid campaigning. “No coin was to small to gather in”.

The Lord High Chancellor and Lord High Chamberlain retire – Arch Barclay and Reg McAneny.

Even a photographer is welcome relief for a small bored boy.

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Early in Napier’s Olympic Pool Campaign, Raewyn Fairbrother and her two maids Mary Pratt and Sandra Cook, filled this glass chest with pennies. The guesses cast at 2/6 a time were to net the sports candidate £1200 and help her well on the way to victory.

The coins were counted by eight bank tellers following Raewyn’s coronation, and the prize, a new Fiat car, was presented there and then to Alison McCormick of Napier, who had put down her phone number – 8119. She received the key from Mr. Tait with Mr. B. Paviour-Smith, convenor of the Car Committee also in attendance.

Youth and beauty contests were an integral part of the “personality” campaign. These three youngsters were the Mr. “Junior Personality” contest winners: Garry Jones, Gary Cudby (13 months), and Robin Moorcock.

Just a “weener” from the bestest baby contest who dispIayed a particularly sharp pair of peepers.

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Readers Pictures

A few years ago Shirley Barker of Napier was the first New Zealand girl to win the “Pix” Beauty Competition. Now Mrs. Goodacre of Henderson, Auckland, she spends many a Sunday fishing with her husband at Kuri Kuri where catches are good. She is also a keen bowler.

Joyce Hannon, who appeared in our second issue as “Princess Harata”, wife of Alexander Alexander in the H.B. Centennial celebrations is now on an Australian working holiday. At Lone Pine Sanctuary, Brisbane, she met this friend. Her comment : “I wasn’t even scared !” – History repeats – see page one.

Earlier this year Gisborne Boys’ High School met Napier in annual cricket and tennis matches. Billeters and players see the Gisborne boys off after they had won the cricket, lost the tennis and enjoyed the visit.

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“Late models carry our warranty”
FULL RANGE 15 Cwt. to ?
The Truck With The Long Future

FLAKES – Polythene Bags
POWDER – Large Packets, 28lb Bags
WASHING SODA – Polythene Bags

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Havelock North Evening Fair

Virginia Harris, Jennifer Heyward and Geoffry Hennah were just three of many children who enjoyed a special night out at an evening fair held at the new Havelock North camping grounds in Arataki Road. The fair was staged for Mrs. Mary Davis, the Red Queen in the carnival to raise £15,000 for a community centre and baths filtration plant, for Havelock North.

Percy Lee and Tiny Drummond maintained law and order among the rioting crowds.

“Hot Dog” salesgirls, Penny Harris and Cecily Lay sample their wares.

Housie was another popular attraction.

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The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the opening of the hangi and the ensuing delicacies which emerged from the earth oven.

Mr. and Mrs. Travis, Miss Wilson and Mr. Watson agreed that chicken, pork and kumera were “kapai”.

Phillipa Durney wasn’t so sure about “Bluebell” the pony – and Bluebell wasn’t too joyous either – she was being raffled.

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75th Anniversary – Presidents Jubilee Dinner

The President of the Hawke’s Bay Lawn Tennis Association, Mr. F. J. Geor, Hastings, laid on a magnificent dinner spread at the Casa Blanca to mark the Association’s 75th Jubilee. It was an occasion for old tennis identities and current players of the Bay to recall some of the province’s tennis history.

The guest speaker for the evening, Mr. L. Pollock, President of the N.Z.L.T.A. seen with Mr. J. C. (Jack) Charters and Miss M. M. Seed on the left, and host and President, Mr. Fred Geor and Mrs. Geor on the right.

Mr. S. I. Peacock, past president of the Association, and Mrs. Peacock.

Mr. A. I. Rainbow, Mrs. and Mr. C. Palmer.

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Other guests in the pleasant surroundings of the Casa Blanca. Mrs. and Mr. G. H. Mills, H.B. executive member and Junior Selector, Mrs. and Mr. D. C. Kirkpatrick.

Alan Marsden of Napier, Herald Tribune reporter, and his partner, Margaret Robertson.

Mrs. and Mr. A. Mills. He is an executive member and Senior Selector.

Mr. N. R. C. Wilson, past president of the NZ. and H.B. Lawn Tennis Associations. Mrs.Wilson, Miss Anne Kennedy and Jack Charters, another past president and selector for Central Districts.

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Yvonne Spiller and Ivy Walker were two of the nurses at Napier Public Hospital who presented a mannequin parade of vintage and current models to an appreciative audience of visitors and convalescent patients.

Anne Stewart looked – well see for yourself – in this lovely black lace gown, and the audience showed their appreciation.

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Hillary Roach and Anne Stewart model two more period costumes, while Yvonne Spiller displays what went beneath.

And so to bed – Hillary and Anne demure and cool. Betty Symons looking very chic.

Lesley Willis showed a modern trend night attire.

Ivy Walker – back to the 20’s or present day?

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No. 1. A party of young boys went off to Cape Kidnappers to fish off the beach. It was dark by the time they returned but they were well rewarded with more than a dozen snapper – heaviest 23lbs, next 17lbs, and two 14-pounders amongst them. Holding their prizes are Paul Stichbury, Bruce Strachan, Rex Jones, with the big ’un, Ross Ayre and Alan Stichbury.

No. 2. Two days fishing on a Rotorua trip by Eric Webby of Fernhill produced this fine lineup of trout. In 18 years of fishing this is Eric’s best catch on his own.

No. 3. Once upon a time a boy named Joe Hawkins lived at Westshore. On the way home from school he saw a crowd by the bridge throwing stones at two fish. With no hesitation, Joe grabbed a knife, jumped in and stabbed the bigger one, With a bit of a struggle he managed to hold it and drag it ashore. It weighed all of fifty pounds. Joe was very pleased. When he took it home his brothers and sisters were very proud of him. So was the family dog.

Inside back cover

This pleasant rural scene was taken a couple of weeks ago as the May twilight was settling on the Tukituki Valley on the road to Elsthorpe.
Phil Moore Photo

Back cover

Next Issue
June 22nd

[Back cover photo – “I think you’re beautiful too.” Michele Buchanan, aged two, Meeanee Quay, Westshore, and boxer “Dusty” have formed a mutual admiration society.]

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