Hawke’s Bay Photo News 1961 – Number 036 November

Hawke’s Bay PHOTO NEWS
36th Issue


[Cover photo – You might well ask! Joan Leonard and Jill O’Brien get together in a song and dance routine “If You Knew Susie” from the minstrel show, first half of the Napier Frivolity Minstrels’ current production which will soon be coming your way. See story inside.]

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Vol. 3
No. 12

Editor Arch. Barclay

Photographer Phil Moore

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Front Cover. You might well ask! Joan Leonard and Jill O’Brien get together in a song and dance routine “If You Knew Susie” from the minstrel show, first half of the Napier Frivolity Minstrels’ current production which will soon be coming your way. See story inside.

Back cover. The wisteria-draped lunchrooms in Waikoko Gardens, at Tomoana Showgrounds always look a picture at Spring Show time.

Anybody Home?

Artist and sculptor R. N. McLachlan now living in Napier, has been commissioned by the Napier City Council to create several whimsical works to adorn the Marine Parade gardens and play areas. This pixie castle will eventually grace the enchanted island in the middle of the boating lake.

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Holy Family Home Opened

The most Reverend Archbishop Maximilian de Furstenberg, apostolic delegate to Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, blessing the Holy Family Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor, which he opened in Hasting last month, before a crowd of 4000.

Father L. P. Spring, S.M., who was parish priest in Hastings when the home was first mooted, tells the assembly the history of the home. It was mainly through Father Spring’s efforts that the initial £6000 was raised in a few month to buy the property.

Part of the large crowd which thronged the grounds for the opening of the home attended by the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, and other civic dignitaries.

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Unfinished, but well on the way to completion is the chapel attached to the Holy Family Home. The funds for this building have been raised without any subsidy to help out – something of a monument to the continuing faith of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Within the Home, capable of sheltering a hundred elderly people, many are already in resident. Miss Mary Dee is seen reading to a friend, Miss Alice Cameron, who is blind.

Mr. John Fouhy, at 96, holds the distinction of being the oldest resident. He still walks a mile or more each day and finds no trouble in reading his newspaper without glasses.

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One of the spacious, airy and well-lit sitting rooms with some of the residents quietly waiting for morning tea.

Part of the modern kitchen. Meals are carried in trundlers similar to those used in hospitals.

The men’s smoke lounge is always well patronised.

This £250,000 home was built only through the constant faith and hard work of the Little Sisters of the Poor. By their own efforts they collected the remarkable sum of £60,000. A goverment subsidy of £165,000 recognises the good work they are doing. Only £25,000 is outstanding on the buildings, and another £6000 is needed to put the grounds in order. The community is right behind the Little Sisters’ efforts.

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At St. Matthew’s Church, Hastings, Jennifer Ann Simmons, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Simmons, Mangatahi, Hastings, to John David Cook, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Ian Cook, Karori Wellington. From Left: Berrick Taylor, Michael Griffin, the groom and bride, Janette Davis and Beverley Simmons.
Batchelors Studios Photo


At St. Matthew’s Church, Hastings, Raewyn Troup, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Troup, Jervois Sreet, Hastings, to Max Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.M. Anderson, Sylvan Road, Hastings. From left: Max Barnes, Jan Troup, Jill Hadwen, the groom and bride, Judy Coombe and Ron Anderson.
Russell Orr photo

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Hastings Citizens’ Band 75th Jubilee

The Hastings Citizen’s Band seen on stage during one of Sandy Triggs “Cash Box“ programmes. The band was feted with several official functions to mark its 75th Jubilee celebrations.

Alf Brooker, a Life Member, and Percy George, oldest living member and son of the founder of the band.

Ian Mulholland, plays the one hundred pound notes he won in the Cash Box programme. His bass never sounded sweeter.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Fleming. Bob is another Life Member of the band.

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Patoka Goes Automatic

Another sub-exchange serving Patoka, Waihau and Puketitiri was recently cut into the Hawke’s Bay telephone system.

The first and last manual operators of the Patoka exchange, Mr. Gavin Black of Napier and Mrs. D.I. Hawthorne, Patoka, were both present at the cutover.

Member of Parliament for Hawke’s Bay, Mr. C. G. Harker, makes the first call to the Prime Minister, watched by Mr. G. W. Gilchrist, District P. and T. Engineer.

Mr. Archer Absolom of Rissington makes a presentation on behalf of the residents of the district, to Mr. Gilchrist, who was senior engineer in charge of all the recent changes in Hawke’s Bay. Mr. Gilchrist retired immediately after the Patoka work was completed.

Everyone was there at the Patoka Hall…

…with the new exchange next door.

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Partricia Eleanor Crozier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Crozier, Bedford Road, Marewa, seen with her parents at the James Banquet lounge.

Joy Olsen, nursing at Napier Hospital, returned home to Takapau to celebrate her 21st with her parents Mr. and Mrs. W. Olsen.

Barry McCarthy, only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. McCarthy is seen at home with his parents.

Kevin Dunning, son of Mr. and. Mrs. E. Dunning, Nelson Crescent, Napier, receives his father’s good wishes while friends look on.
MacConnells Photo Service

Margaret Anne Williams with her family at the Oddfellows Hall. From left:  Mrs. A. Bliss, David Williams, Margaret Bernard, Mrs. M. Williams, Tennyson Street, Napier, and Karen.
Batchelors Studios Photo

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Trevor Prince, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Prince, Wellesley Road, Napier. The party was held at the Red Cross Hall.

Marie Willis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Willis, Kennedy Road, Napier.

Photos by Batchelors Studios

Peter Boyd, with his mother, Mrs. P. Boyd, Park Road, Napier.

Colin James Greene is the third son of Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Greene, Tannery Road, Taradale.


Anita Tong to Richard Griffiths. Anita is the youngest daughter of Mr. A.N. and the late Mrs. Tong. Richard’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Griffiths. Both live in Hastings.

Carol Wilson to David Falvey. Carol’s mother, Mrs. M. Wilson, lives in Lister Place, Maraenui. David is the son of Mr. and Mrs. K. Falvey, Breakwater Road, Napier.

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The Napier Salvation Army songsters take the stage at the Napier Municipal Theatre during the annual combined choirs eisteddfod held recently.

The massed choirs singing at the end of the programme under Campbell Souter, conductor of the Napier Baptist Choir, hosts for this year’s eisteddfod.

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The interior of Whitcombe and Tombs’ new book shop in King Street, Hastings, during a cocktail party given teachers of the district to mark the opening.

Mr. N. Rankin, headmaster of Heretaunga Intermediate, and Mr. R. McMurray, headmaster of Hastings Central.

Mr. Russell Nottingham, Parkvale and Mr. K. C. Marriott, H.G.H.S., chatting amongst the new stock.

Mr. D. D. Wilson, head of the Labour Department in Hastings, and Mrs. Wilson, assistant librarian at the Boys’ High School.

Father C. Callaghan, St. John’s College and Mr. W. S. Huckstep, Hastings B. H. S.

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Recently in Napier and Hastings many children and not a few adults were enchanted by a walkie-talkie dolls parade staged by Mrs. Noye of the Dolls’ Hospital, Taradale. Here are four of the many models displayed.

Lesley Tynan, of Taradale, assists a blushing bride along the catwalk

A 21-inch Negro doll is held aloft by Carol McDonald, Hastings.

Maureen McKenzie, Taradale, assists a shy debutante and wee Robyn Ewart is completely absorbed in her full-dress Scottie.

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Mrs. Noye‘s deft fingers sew a lifelike little boy into his new suit. She dresses many of the dolls in her shop herself, and makes a specialty of smart suits for Teddy Bears.

Behind the scenes in the Jack ‘n’ Jill Dolls Hospital at Taradale, people are not so well dressed, but the able hands of Mrs. Noye, the owner, soon put that to rights. At her workbench she is fitting a little girl with a head of beautiful hair.

Who wouldn’t like spare arms and legs ready to wear just like this?

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Alison Gibson models an attractive swimsuit in an open air fashion parade at the Onekawa School Gala Day. Residents rallied round to raise £410 towards a school assembly hall and community centre. The fashion parade was staged by McNivens Drapery.

Just a few more years and she too will be wearing attractive clothes like these.

Judy Parkes models a satin-cotton, floral frock with a front panel forming the collar. A dress suitable for day or evening cocktail wear.

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The catwalk held no fears for young Alan Parkes as he displayed his smart boyswear.

Winners of the Onekawa Baby Stakes were Peter Newton (under 6 months) with his mother, Deborah-Anne Elsworth (under 12 months) held by Dorothy Morris, and Jennifer Dymond (over 12 months) with her proud father, Noel.

An attractive tailored swiss cotton blouse and box-pleated, tetrex skirt worn by Judy Parkes.

Alison Gibson looks cool in this sea-island cotton with the large flowers on the skirt.

Mayor, Peter Tait, who opened the gala, watches in the crowd as a youngster lets fly at a coconut shy. She missed.

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Johnny Doherty is no ordinary drummer – at the eariy age of 17 he has graduated from drumming in Auckland nightclubs (he is seen in Auckland’s “Hey Diddle Griddle”) to the “Chevron-Hilton” at Surfers‘ Paradise, Queensland, at a fairly fabulous salary. Three years ago Johnny made his drumming debut in Hastings when he played at Bible cIass dances and other functions with two other teenagers.

In Auckland he was spotted by a talent scout for Hilton Enterprises and was flown to Australia, where he now appears at the luxurious Chevron-Hilton tourist hotel with the Chevroneers Orchestra.

A little girl peers into the gaping maw of a shark (plaster) in process of construction in the Napier soundshell. With several others it will be used on the Marine Parade to entice people to deposit their rubbish in the appropriate receptacle. Same people are ever-hopeful!



Mavis Alexia Jeanette Smith to Trevor Henry Mudgeway.

Mavis, who celebrated her 21st and engagement together, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Smith, Waipukurau. Trevor’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Mudgeway live at Rotorua.
Wendy Studios Photo

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Before the last dry spell this was the scene one day at Anderson Park, Havelock North, as the girls of the National Bank bravely tackled the boys on the football field. They looked most appealing in their short shorts and long jerseys – especially when wet and spattered with mud. This was typical of the many loose rucks which the boys engineered with great delight. Brian Holdsworth is breaking the rules and holding the ball on the ground.

Norman Speers seems unperturbed by the determined onslaught of Marie Grieve.

Referee Tony Nattrass played the advantage rule and was most lenient when this sort of ruck developed. He was only sorry he wasn’t playing.

Injuries were kept to a minimum but Pat Ashwell had to be carried off by ambulance men Geoff Pell and Malcolm Crawford, with Ross Fippard in attendance. She was treated for mud in the eye.

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The teams posed for this informal scrum before they joined in muddy battle.

An inter-town social evening was another event organised recently by the social  committee of the National Bank.

Judy Lowe and her partner take their table tennis seriously.

Ron Pengelly and Brian Andrews play off in the men’s doubles.

Keith Johnson and his partner with a background of empty tellers windows. As usual in a bank, the calender is not quite right.

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The Napier National Bank team which travelled to Hastings.

The Hastings team. For obvious political reasons Photo News declines to publish the final score.


In “Parade of Strings” staged recently at the Napier Repertory Studios, lovers of the guitar and allied instruments presented an evening of light entertainment. This group of young enthusiasts call themselves the “Napier Hawaiians”.

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Robin Heath, Sharon Eddy and Rosemary Whitehead take the stage like old troupers.

The guitar-toting teenagers call themselves “Johnny and the Javelins”. From left: Grant Galgey, John Smith and John Winters

Fay Walch makes a pretty picture as she performs in one of the many Hawaiian numbers.

Another four-sided team – “The Squares” could all produce guitars for the occasion. They are Ross Smith, Derek Olson, Graeme Berry and Don Baty.

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At St. Vincent’s Church, Takapau, Jennefer Leslie Johnson, daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. L. Johnson, Takapau, to Vernon John Hulena, son of Mrs. and the late Mr. J. Hulena, Waipukurau. From left: Mr. G. Hulena, Maureen Hulena, the groom and bride, Mrs. Priscilla Mitchell, Mr. K. Hulena, pageboy Larry Tarrant: flowergirl, Teresa Tarrant.
Wendy Studios, Takapau



At St. Paul‘s Presbyterian Church, Napier, Gloria Duff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Duff, Sydney, Australia, to Leslie Hewett, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Hewett, Tennyson Street, Napier. Future home will be in Napier.



At St. Matthew’s Church, Hastings, Pauline Boult, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Boult, Southampton Street, Hastings, to John Fairley, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fairley, “Riverslea”, R.D 3, Waipawa.
Stuart Johnson Photo

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Police dog Rex shows what he is made of as he attacks and holds an armed “criminal” during a demonstration of their work at Windsor Park, Hastings. Demonstrations like this have been given all over the country to acquaint the public with the work the dogs are doing. Rex is quite undeterred by the blank cartridge which Constable J. Orlowski has just fired. The animals go through a rigid course of training from the age of six months till they are two.

Rex makes the top of a six feet six wall while Miska drops back for another attempt. Each dog responds only to its own handler.

Ah – made it!

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Miska, under her handler, Sergeant Riley, shows her ability to retrieve.

Constable J. Orlowski, Dunedin, watches his dog, Arko, as he makes light work of a flaming hoop. All demonstrations exercises have a practical value too.


Over 20,000 sheep packed into the yards on Stortford Lodge sale day. White-shirted buyers can be seen in the centre. This remarkable low-level shot was taken by Napier photographer A. W. ( Bert) Colley.

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This was the handsome Spanish-style Nurses’ Home which spanned the entrance to Napier hospital before the ’31 earthquake. It collapsed in the quake killing some 15 night nurses who were sleeping. The photo was taken by the late Horace Cottrell on a glass plate negative.

The same area today with the traffic island recently installed in the middle of the intersection. The new nurses home “Hinepare” is to the right of the intersection – out of this picture.
Russell Spiller Photo

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Let’s Dance

Recent arrivals in Hawke’s Bay are husband and wife dancing team, Ron and Irene Lloyd. Australians by birth, they settled first in Wellington, where they taught dancing, before deciding to live in Hawke‘s Bay. They have made their home in Taradale.


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Twinkling toes . . .

. . . and flaring skirts

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The wide sweep of a riverbed strewn with high-heaped shingle is a common sight to all Hawke‘s Bay people. This view of the Ngaruroro riverbed at Whanawhana is typical of the three rivers which treaten the security of the Heretaunga Plains – the Tukituki, the Ngaruroro, the Tutaekuri.


All three have been steadily raising their riverbeds since the turn of that century, and will continue to do so. The few tons of shingle removed by draglines and shingle works are just pea-metal compared with the thousands of tons that stream down our rivers each year. On the stretch of river pictured above, the rise in the bed level (or aggradation) is believed to have been 12 feet since 1900 – one foot every five years. In fact, this shingle could prejudice all the present flood control schemes. (See flood feature in September 1961 Photo News)

How long can stopbanks on the plains cope with this creeping menace? And more important – what can we do to halt its advance?

To answer these questions we must go inland to the ranges – particularly the Kaweka range where both the Ngaruroro and the Tutaekuri rise.


New Zealand lies squarely on the ring of earthquake-prone countries which encircles the Pacific Ocean. In its history it has experienced much earth movement that has not only raised the mountains we know, but also, later, shattered the rock of which they are formed.

This shattered rock has created what one expert calls the “basic vulnerability” of our mountains.


Until modern times our ranges were clothed almost entirely in beech forest with its accompanying undergrowth. Man – Maori and European – in his ignorance burnt large tracts of bush. Erosion followed rapidly and soon meagre topsoil had been carried away.

Unlike the solid granite or slate mountains of Europe, our mountains are crumbly and broken. A fall of rock, once started, continues to grow, encroaching on the remaining bush and filling rivers with shingle.


The bush still covers thousands of acres of lower mountain slopes, but this too is in danger of extinction. Once again, man in his ignorance introduced deer, pigs, opossums and goats. Together they are slowly but surely killing the beech forests – our protection.

Photographs in this series loaned by the New Zealand Forest Service.

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The Studholme Saddle, 4,500 feet up in the Kaweka Range is a stark and typical result of removing the tree cover. Shingle continues to flow steadily from this region. In 1912 the Hawke’s Bay Rabbit Board had a camp in thick bush towards the left of this picture.

To bring home the serious problems that exist in our mountains, the Royal Society of New Zealand recently staged an exhibition in the Art Gallery at Napier. This scale model revealed the stark bareness of our island backbone, 70 miles of which drain to the sea across the low Heretaunga Plains to adjacent mouths near Clive.

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To reduce lowland flooding to a minimum our mountains should have their vegetation intact. Unfortunately man has destroyed 100,000 acres of beech forest in the Hawke’s Bay mountains alone. Fifty years later we must try to replace it – the growth of hundreds of years.

But animals are killing even the remaining bush. This mangled fivefinger was an opossum’s supper. Regrowth is slow and likely to be interrupted again.

Like a gutted fish this punga displays an opossom‘s handiwork. These creatures eat mainly the canopy of the bush preventing trees from reaching maturity.

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Dense undergrowth should restrict this view to six or eight feet. Cleaned out by deer, the topsoil is washed away, roots are uncovered and trees die prematurely with no replacements. A dead trunk can be seen centre. Others will follow all too quickly.

In a virtual paradise – no enemies other than man – red and Japanese deer have increased rapidly. Many “good keen men” are needed to reduce their numbers, far less exterminate them. Deer moving through bush browse on everything within reach, competely baring the floor. Often in their wake come these charming little creatures which have spread through our native bush doing untold damage.

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But whatever the cause (fire or animals) this is the result. Once an opening has been made erosion starts. Existing vegetation may delay but it will not prevent the inexorable forces of wind, rain and rushing water. Regeneration on the exposed sterile, pumice layer (arrow) is virtually impossible.

The process continues unchecked until the shattered bedrock is exposed to feed more shingle into our rivers. The alpine vegetation visible is not equal to this insidious undermining.

An aerial view of the Wakarara Range in Central Hawke’s Bay, which has suffered a similar fate to the Kawekas through fire and overgrazing in earlier years.

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What remedies are available in 1961?

First – no more fires – self evident. Your responsibility.

Secondly – good shooters like Willy Broom, who have killed 4800 animals (deer, pigs, wild sheep and goats) in the Kawekas since 1952.

Thirdly – good accommodation to retain deer-cullers in the field. Since 1957 the Forest Service has built 12 huts in the Kawekas to replace quite inadequate old log huts and bivouacs.

At first packhorses, and later helicopters were used to deliver new huts to their sites. This one is at 3,500 feet on Makahu Saddle behind Puketitiri.

Fourthly – the native vegetation will always remain our principle bulwark against further devastation of our land. To this end, foresters make regular surveys of selected study lines taking meticulous notes of every living plant. Of necessity this must be a slow business. Checks are made five-yearly in high places, and every two years in the bush itself.

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A forester in his barefeet (to disturb the vegetation as little as possible) makes a close scrutiny of the plant growth. Unlike many introduced species, most New Zealand plants are very slow growing and have no ready means of recovery after browsing. Hence the urgent need to eliminate deer and opossoms that do irreparable damage.

Having inherited a festering legacy, this generation must use whatever plants it can – native and exotic – to restore, or at least halt the erosion brought on us by past misuse through ignorance.

Although high nurseries have been established and trees are being planted on the bare eroded faces, this is only a part answer. It is incredibly difficult getting plants to grow at such heights in such a severe climate. Over large and inaccessible areas the problem will not be solved solely by conventional planting.

This green patch in stripped beech forest was fenced off from deer six years ago.

The answer –  make all the forests as luxuriant as that wthin the fence.

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Colenso Sings

Napier’s Colenso High School recently staged a choral festival in the school assembly hall on two nights, for the benefit of parents and friends. The school choir is seen in action under its conductor, music master, Richard Hewitt. The accompanist is Napier Training Collage student Peter Bailey, who has broadcast several recitals locally.

Winning soloists in the festival. From left: Robert Howell (intermediate); Philip Dadson (senior); Deirdre Tasker (senior); Dianne Wharton (intermediate); and Kerry Black (junior). Absent: John Poynter (jnr.).

Wairoa Girls

The Wairoa College “A” hockey team waiting for their railcar to return home after competing in the School Girls’ North Island Hockey Tournament held in Hastings.

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At St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Napier, Shirley Chesterman, daughter of Mrs. M. D. Chesterman and the late Mr. N. P. Chesterman, Nelson Cres, Napier, to Murray Wall, son of Mrs. E. D. Wall and the late Mr. E. J. Wall, McGrath St., Napier.

From left: David Devine, Shona Whale, Graham Wall, the groom and bride, Lesley Holland, Allan Austin and Jocelyn Spriggs.
Batchelors Studios Photo


At St. Paul‘s Church, Napier, Janice Hunter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Hunter, Enfield Road, Napier, to Peter Avison, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Avison, Havelock Road, Napier.
Photo by Batchelors Studios

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, Photo News will publish such groups on the receipt of a ten shilling postal note with a 6 x 4  glossy print.

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Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Wilson of Allardice Street, Dannevirke, recently celebrated fifty years of happy married life with a family gathering at the home of their daughter, Mrs. H. C. Tacon.
Photo by Barretts Studio


Moira Billman to David Turnbull.

Moira’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Billman, live in Coral Cres., Panmure, Auckland. David‘s mother is Mrs. E. M. Tumbull, Sale Street, Napier.
Batchelors Studios Photo

Margaret Arnott to Russell Rothwell. Margaret is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Arnott, Lister Crescent, Napier. Russell’s home is in Shackleton Street, Maraenui.
MacConnells Photo Service


David and Robert (Bob) Lowe are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Lowe, Lister Place, Maraenui.
Photo by Batchelors Studios

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All the thrills in the game (off the highway) are there for the taking when the motorcycle boys meet at the Pakowhai Dip for one of their rallies. This rider sends the spray flying as he negotiates the slightly muddy conditions that existed at the last rally there.

Andy Martin and Brian Nelson smile through their mudpacks after the first race.

Don’t imagine this rider has just jumped the water course –  he ploughed through it like everyone else. His trajectory is merely a continuation of the steep bank.

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The full cast of “Watch It Sailor” on stage in the Napier Municipal Theatre, during a performance of the play by the touring Southern Comedy Players. With a slick, scintillating comedy like this one, it is difficult to understand why the competent professional cast had to play to a half empty house on their second night. It is understood that unless local theater-goers turn out in greater force in future, Hawke’s Bay is likely to be excluded from the tours of yet another theatre group.

An unusual view of the stage set as seen from the fly floor high above. Two characters in the comedy are seen waiting for their cues.

The play was a sequel to the domestic comedy “Sailor Beware“, which was well received recently at the Municipal Theatre and the Napier Repertory Society’s “Little Theatre”. It was also broadcast by Productions Department of the N.Z.B.S.

In his dressing room, Bernard Esquilant, who plays Carnoustie Bligh (the cannie Scotsman) finds time to attend to his duties as tour manager.

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Havelock N. Rugby Reunion

A group of players from the late thirties got together for this shot at an end of season reunion of the Havelock North Rugby Football Club in the Buffalo Hall, Hasiings.

Des Newrick, Tom Jager and Reg Newrick, president of the club.

Buster Sharplin, Hawke’s Bay representative and captain of the Havelock North senior team this season, calls for silence.

Old stalwarts of Hastings rugby, from left: Gorden Duigan, secretary of the Club for 26 years, Reg Nash, secretary of the Hastings sub-Union, Joe Nimon and Charlie Bunker, president of the Hastings sub-Union.

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Henry Miller an early member of the Havelock North club and his son Keith, who has just retired from active play.

Club Honours R. D. Brown

The Hawke‘s Bay and East Coast Aero Club, based at Bridge Pa Aerodrome, recently honoured former Club president and Hastings Mayor, Mr. R. D. Brown, with an official dinner at the H.B. Farmers tearooms.

Guests relax before the dinner. From left: Mr. G. W. Black, guest of honour Mr. R. D. Brown, Mr. M. J. Shirtcliffe and Mr. G. Arkley.

Mrs. Brown smiles happily as she is presented with a spray by Mr. G. L. Stedman.

Other guests were: Mr. G. M. Spence, Mrs. Giorgi, Mr. L. J. Webb, Mrs. Webb, and Mr. R. V. Giorgi, Mayor of Hastings.

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President of the newly-formed Napier Lions Club, Mr. Keith Swailes was presented with the Club’s charter from International Headquarters, Chicago, at a special dinner function in the War Memorial Hall. The presentation was made by the New Zealand District Governor, Mr. H. Kirk. The Lions movement, although comparatively new in this country, is the world’s largest community service organisation with more than 600,000 members in more than 100 countries. Hastings is expected to have a chartered Lions Club before the end of the year.

Tail-twister Lloyd Duckworth in jovial mood making painless extractions from the pockets of local members.

A guest speaker for the evening was Mr. F. C. Corner, formerly of Napier and now New Zealand representative to United Nations.

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The Napier youth orchestra gave a very successful concert to a full house in the Napier Girls’ High School assembly hall, under its conductor, June Burkett. Amongst their items were Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance March, No. 4” and Haydn’s “Toy Symphony”. Piano solos were given by Margaret Neal, an oboeist in the orchestra and member of the National Youth Orchestra.

The programme was given further interest by the inclusion of 12 polished songs from the Wellington East Girl’s College choir under Judith Temple White. One of their items, a Cantata on a Spring Song, was accompanied by two of the girls playing recorders. Janice Webb, a member of the choir, sang two songs accompanied by a small group of the orchestra.

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Some of the members of the Hastings Company, Girls’ Life Brigade, which recently celebrated its twenty-first birthday with a big, official party.

Mrs. G. Spurdle, who was one of those responsible for founding the company, was called upon to light the candles on the cake.

Mrs. J. Thomson, associated with the Life Brigade since 1947, cut the cake.

A group of women at the party who have all furthered the cause of the Brigade. From left: Mrs. Spurdle, Mrs. R. Gubb [Gibbs], Mrs. J. Bennett, Miss Frances Lee, Gisborne, Mrs. L. Trew, Mrs. L. Jones and Miss L. Richardson.

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Plunket Fashion Parade

Large crowds of women flocked to the Hawke’s Bay Farmers Tearooms in Hastings, to see a parade of fashion staged by the Plunket Mothers’ Club. The parade covered a wide field of beachwear, night-attire, day and evening wear, maternity wear, and children’s clothes. These are six of the attractive models and garments displayed.

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At St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, Maraenui, Margaret Diane Dunstall, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. E. Dunstall, Georges Drive, Napier, to Bruce Ralston MacConnell, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. MacConnell, Lee Road, Taradale.
Phil Moore Photo


At St. Augustine‘s Church, Beverley Judith Rosalie Boyd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. K. R. Boyd, Meeanee Quay, Westshore to Robert Edgar Gannaway son of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. H. Gannaway, Thackeray Street, Napier.
Photo by Batchelors Studios


At St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Gaile Frances Rutter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Rutter, Ward Crescent, Napier to John Lowry Porter, Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Porter, Pakuratahi Valley, Bay View.
Batchelors Studios Photo

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21st.  Birthdays

Garry Verschaffelt, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Verschaffelt, seen with his parents at his home, Vautier Street, Napier.
Batchelors Studios Photo

Peter Illsley, son of Mrs. and the late Mr. G. Illsley, cuts his cake in a tradesman like manner at the Buffalo Lodge, Takapau.
Wendy Studios Takapau

Betty Evetts is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Evetts, Barker Road, Napier. Betty celebrated at the ex-Navalmens Hall, Onekawa.

Faye Crispin held her party in Shackleton Street, Napier. Her parents are Mr. And Mrs. A. W. Crispin.

Margaret Ellen Twort, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Twort, Southampton Street, Hastings listens to some fatherly advice.

Photos by Batchelors Studios

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Part of the cast of the current Napier Frivolity Minstrels’ pantomime “Magic in the Air” at present touring throughout the district. Alison Gibson and Vic Viggers have the stage. The show was written and produced by Sid Henney, his 11th Show performed by the “Frivs”.

Jock Stevenson as Emperor Woop Ping, threatens his advisor Sung Ling (Peter Kellond) with extinction.

Vic Viggers crosses lines with three of the nigger minstrels in the first half of the programme.

Mr. Moses (Bob Ross Jnr.) at the mike as Jill O’Brien and Joan Leonard go into a song and dance routine (see cover).

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Vivacious model, Carol Hopkinson, finds it hard to choose from this attractive range of Demoiselle fashion flats and scuffs. She was taking part in a fashion shoe parade in Hannah’s Shoe Store, Emerson Street – the first parade of this kind held in Napier.

Carol again as she trod the catwalk.

Pauline Noorts also displayed these footwear fashions. Both girls are employed by the Charlton Barton Agency, Wellington.  Photographed early on a Friday afternoon, the store was packed to capacity in the evening.

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Photo News recently paid a visit to the Napier Boys’ High School during a rehearsal of the Dramatic Club’s production of “Macbeth”. The production was far from lavish in settings and costumes but that was not the main aim. Members were more interested in getting the words and meaning of the play over to their audience and this they managed extremely well.

In an early scene, Duncan, King of Scotland (Bernard Tuck), learns from his son Malcolm, that his orders to kill Cawdor have not been carried out. Behind the throne stand two servants (W. McCorkdale and J. Farquhar). At right, Donalbain (Andrew Campbell) and Lenox (Adrian Burr) a Scottish nobleman.

Another early scene in which Macbeth (Kim Morgan) Lady Macbeth (Richard Heath) his ambitious wife and Banquo (John Bluck) discuss forthcoming actions and the state of war in England and Ireland.

David Monrad, a master at the school, acted as adviser rather than producer. He gave the boys as much leeway as possible, to handle the play in their own fashion.

Strangely garbed in white, the three “black and midnight hags” –  the witches – foretell Macbeth‘s doom round their boiling cauldron. From left: J. Sinclair, R. Dargie, and. R. McMullan. Four different stage levels and spot lighting were used to break up the twenty scenes of the play.

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Three murderers in the employ of Macbeth kill his friend Banquo because he knows too much. From left: Dennis Paxie, Banquo, Bill Krogh and John Farquhar.

With claymore reminiscent of a carving knife, Macbeth defends himself against the attack of MacDuff (Tom Castles) whose family he has murdered. Macbeth is killed and MacDuff is acclaimed the new King of Scotland.

Macbeth had seen the writing on the wall earlier when the ghost of the murdered Banquo returned to haunt him as he entertained guests after siezing the crown of Scotland. Macbeth alone sees Banquo and Lady Macbeth also in a troubled state of mind, fears for her husband’s sanity. Guests at the banquet were played by Gregory Campbell, Laurie Karatau, Adrian Burr, Peter Brown and Andrew Campbell.

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At his convalescent home and health centre “Peloha” at Havelock North, Dr. Herbert Sutcliffe recently held a birthday dinner party. Seen at the head table are Mrs. Dean, Mrs. Pizzey, Mr. Nielson, Mrs. McIntyre, Dr. Herbert Sutcliffe, Mrs. Sutcliffe, speaking, Mr. Duncan McIntyre, M.P. for Hastings, and Mrs. Nielson.

Among other guests were Mr. Hall, Mr. Frampton, Miss J. Grant, Mrs. Frampton, and her daughters, Joanne and Kay.

Looking down the dinner tables during the function.

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Timber Stacker

The latest in timber stackers is now operating in the Hastings yards of Odlins. Capable of lifting 4½ tons of timber, it can stack it to a height of 13 feet six inches. A good lock makes it highly manoeuverable in confined spaces, while on the road this valuable machine can travel at 30 m.p.h.

Picture PUZZLE
Answer in next issue.

Clive Hudson

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At Tutira Church, Valerie Smith, daughter of E. D. Smith, Tutira, to Allan Walker, son of Mrs. S. J. Walker, Auckland. From left: Philip Mardon, Marie Smith, the groom and bride, Allan Smith and Joyce Mardon, Flower girl, Kathy Hantler.
BatchelorS Studios Photo



At St. Patrick’s Church, Napier, Mary Ann Magee, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Magee, Alamein Crescent, Onekawa, to John Alan McEachen, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. McEachen, Waghorne St, Ahuriri. From Left: Beverly McEachen, Anita Arnold, Patricia Magee, Karen Layton, the bride and groom, John Brownlee and Bill Magee.

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Erewhon Junction on the previous page is nowhere but in our imagination and the basement of Vaughan Gabites home in Cameron Road, Napier. The top photo shows the railway yards in the city area and the lower one a country station with two adjacent farms.

Nigel Walsh, one of five teenagers who works this extensive layout under Mr. Gabites supervision. He is at the separate control panel which operates the shunting yards. They call themselves the Marklin Model Railway Society. Everything in the German designed Marklin range is built to a strict 1/87th Scale –  animals and building included.

Nigel Walsh, Peter Gabites, Alistair Martin and Douglas Hay watch as Mr. Gabites puts some of the trains through their paces from the main control panel. Des Rowe is absent from the group.

Peter Gabites works on an extension loop still under construction. Each of the boys has his own extension which he pays for and builds himself. At present a train traveling at the equivalent of 60 m.p.h. takes over nine minutes to complete a circuit of this basement layout.

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New Scout Troop

Cubmaster Marie Vincent makes the Scout Promise before receiving her warrant as Windsor Cub Packs first “Akela”. Conducting the investiture are Mr. Syd Trott, Karamu District Scouter and Mr. Arthur French, Karamu District Commissioner. Obscured Karamu District Cubmaster, Miss M. Clayton.

First members of the new cub pack. From. left: David McPhee, Douglas Dillon, Bruce Robertson, Tony Scott, Trevor Shortland and Roydon Dunn They also made their promise at the investiture.

Four original scouts of the new Windsor troop. From Left: Ian West, Douglas Kelleher, Stephen Shortland and John Robertson.

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The explosion of a can of kerosene turned this fire in Thorp’s Building, Hastings Street, Napier, into something more than a routine affair. Fire man Trevor Billington of the Napier Fire Brigade was burned and injured when he was thrown down a flight of stairs by the explosion. He has since been released from hospital though he is not back on active duty yet.

Fireman Billington supported in the arms of the acting Chief Fire Officer, L. Drieberg and an onlooker while waiting for the ambulance.

A large Friday night shopping crowd was kept at a safe distance while firemen and ambulance men worked. Senior Police Sergeant R. Jones looks on as a constable and onlookers help load the stretcher into the ambulance. The fire was brought under control in about 10 minutes with damage confined mainly to the furniture and fittings in Dr. A. M. Fisher’s consulting rooms.

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Background to Beauty IS A VICTOR PAINT
LET THE Harmony and Beauty of VICTOR PAINTS
designed to resist Hawke’s Bay Sunshine and Rain
Made by NZ. PAINT & VARNISH CO. LTD., Awatoto, Napier

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[Back cover photo – The wisteria draped lunchrooms in Waikoko Gardens, at Tomoana Show-grounds always look a picture at Spring Show time.]

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