Hawke’s Bay Photo News 1960 – Number 025 December

Hawke’s Bay PHOTO NEWS
25th Issue

[Cover photo – Diane Murray makes the front page of this month with this attractive seasonal study].

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

Editor D.E. Barclay

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Front Cover. Diane Murray makes the front page of this month with this attractive seasonal study. Diane is nineteen. She is a draughtswoman with a Napier firm, enjoys swimming as her main relaxation, but says she also dabbles in dressmaking and photography – behind the camera.

Back Cover. This idyllic setting should stir pleasant memories for the many who visited the Tomoana Showgrounds this year and strolled through Waikoko Gardens or lunched beside this placid lake.

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A & P Show Day

A section of the thousands upon thousands, who poured into the Tomoana Showgrounds for People’s Day. The glorious weather brought out all the summer outfits complete with more drooping petticoats than most men could be bothered counting.

Thousands of visitors found idyllic settings for their luncheon rest period. These four Napier lassies, Kay Young, Pauline Ford, Pat Young and Diana Ford, settled for the shady willows by the lake.

Three days of glorious weather gave the province one of the best and most successful shows for some years. The introduction of a horse quadrille, a polo match, and a parade of the latest motor vehicles, did much to hold the crowds which arrived early on both the second and third days of the show, and stayed on People’s Day until 5 o’clock – unheard of!

Up and over the brick wall – one of the most difficult jumps at the show. The grace and beauty of this magnificent animal are seen to advantage in this spectacular shot by “Photo News” cameraman, Phil Moore. The wall is not actually bricks but covered wooden sections, knocked out by the horse if it fails to clear the jump. The height can be altered.

This two-ton Ferdinand, who led the Shorthorn section in the Grand Parade, decided the day was too hot, the course too long and the journey unnecessary. He had many sympathisers.

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This large white be-ribboned bull led this year’s grand parade round the oval in classic style. He was not actually the supreme beef champion of the show in spite of his numerous awards. The supreme champion, Kelite, from the Balfour Stud, Pahiatua, led the Aberdeen Angus section. The parade was one of the biggest seen at Tomoana, and took a full hour to circle the oval before a crowd of 5000. The sky remained unclouded throughout the day, while many bare arms and shoulders got more than their share of tanning.

The motor and mechanical section of the show is always a wonderful place for small children to explore. These two little girls, Janette and Marney Rose Moore, found one seat big enough for two.

No! – it’s not a squirrel. It’s a pomeranian puffed up with pride. “Champion Golden Wonder of Montresor” – that’s his name – was given the full treatment by his owner Mrs. Ridgen of Christchurch, before he met the judges. He was acclaimed champion dog of the show.

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No show would be complete without its fairground. While those interested in the stock study four-legged form in the ring, the lads with half an eye or more, study two-legged form at the fair. These lassies got a big thrill as they sailed tree-top-high in the clutch of the octopus.

Monica Taite and Lynnette Hamlin smile happily from the ferris-wheel heights.

This intriguing pattern of framework, chains and flying legs is an integral part of any New Zealand fairground scene. The accompanying girlish squeals also seem to go with the occasion. At the Tomoana Showgrounds these sideshows are far enough away from the oval to be just heard but not seen behind their dividing belt of plane trees by the stream.

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Hastings WEDDING


At St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Hastings: Heather Margaret Farquharson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Farquharson, Hastings, to Peter Alan Coates, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Coates, Christchurch. Future home will be in Timaru.
Batchelors Studios Photo

Our Ballroom Girl

Margaret Kersey was the girl unanimously chosen by seven judges as our Ballroom Girl. She is a 17-year-old stenographer who lives at Ahuriri and works for Fletcher Timber. She has acted with the Frivolity Minstrels for two years and has shown such promise that this year she plays the second female lead in their pantomime. Margaret will receive many valuable prizes from the sponsors of this competition. The judges found it much harder to decide on second and third places. The standard, they agreed, was high, and they spent several hours coming to their decision. Norah Glew, of Fitzroy Avenue, Hastings, was placed second and Elizabeth Shuker, of Waipukurau, was the third lucky girl.

We’ll just add the usual editorial note that the decision of the judges is final and no correspondence on this decision will be entered into.

21st Birthday

Ross Frater, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.F. Frater, Tom Parker Avenue, Napier, seen at his 21st with his grandfathers, Mr. L. Crawley, Hastings, and Mr. G. Frater, Napier.

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The winners of the H.B. junior grade basketball competition for 1960 – the Napier Technical Junior team. Standing left to right: Andrea Staff, Andrea Cameron, Maxine Whanga, Gay Morley captain; Pauline Eskson, Ann Rhoads, Helen Gahagan, Mrs Parker, coach. Kneeling: Ann Dunnett, Joyce Pearcey vice captain; Lulla Martain, Kay Parker, mascot, with ball. Absent: Glenys Laurent, Catherine Poyser.

They can well afford to smile. History was made this past season when Convent Old Girls’ first grade basketball team won the Hawke’s Bay Championship for Napier for the first time in 28 years. The shield was first presented in 1933. To win the shield they beat Hastings H.S.O.G. Huias 30-27. The Convent Old Girls left to right are: R. Scrimgeour, M. Eagle, D. Collett, A. Williams, M. Halpin, M. Smith, vice-captain; C. Gleeson and B. McConnell, captain.

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Indoor BOWLS

A common evening scene all over the country. The popular and still growing sport of indoor bowls, which now claims the top figure of 60,000 active players throughout New Zealand. This shot – a section of the sizable Napier club’s in action – shows the numbers that can participate in the game.

Some of the appeal of indoor bowls undoubtedly lies in the opportunity for old and young to take part in a game of skill, with a relatively low outlay and no uniform. There is also the sociable side of such meetings and the relative absence of possible argument over the interpretation of straightforward rules.

The Cosmopolitan Club team which won the Napier Teams Championship. From left: J. Rattray, E. Blennerhasset, W. Thomson and B. Hird. Of course, the brown bowls are theirs.

The winner of the Napier Inter-Club Championship singles, Mrs. Thomson, receiving her trophy from the donor, Mr, F. Dawe.

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A happy team from the Te Awa Club. Mrs. Dawson, Mrs. Baines, Mrs. Cook and Mrs. McGiven, obviously enjoy the pastime.

Mrs. Stubbs, Hastings, and Mrs. Thomson, Napier, seen before the final of the Napier singles which Mrs. Thomson won.

It’s a big for the secretary-organiser making up the draws and keeping the scores of so many games, but G.H. Thomas is in his element.

Mrs. Thomson had not finished her winning ways with her singles win. She went on to win the Champion Open Pairs with Mrs. O’Neill. Napier President, W.G. Quarrie, congratulates them.

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Many Napier commuters must pass the corner of Kennedy and Riverbend Roads by the Napier Camping Ground, and wonder what the big transformer on the corner does. It’s a sub-station of the Hawke’s Bay Electric Power Board installed about 18 months ago to serve and break down the high-voltage supply for Marewa, Marenui, Onekawa and the area to the north as far as Putorino, half-way to Wairoa. The demand has increased so much that it has been necessary to double the transformer equipment. J. Simensen, Ivan Whitton and Ted Leete are seen working on the second installation.

With a total of 585 lb in the three Olympic lifts of the postal contest for New Zealand Junior Champion, Napier weightlifter John Smith took second place in the middleweight section.

Shu Wong of Napier recently won the N.Z. lightweight championship held in Palmerston North.

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Room in their large store to hold fashion “Paradettes” has made McGruers of Napier a popular place with the ladies of Hawke’s Bay on more than one occasion recently. Showings of Prestige hosiery, glamorous beachwear and gay, colourful cottons in top fashion styles have been features of these parades. The girls who model the clothing are all drawn from McGruers’ staff, and not only enjoy being glamorous models for a little, but also make a very good job of it. One of the very striking swimsuits in McGruers’ collection is seen below. It is an eye-catching black and white design displayed by Joan Bell.

Ngaire wears this beautiful velvet coat and lovely model hat trimmed with osprey feathers as she make her way back from the reviewing stand.

Valerie wears charming Bridget Bardot gingham as she revolves gracefully on the Prestige Hosiery stand – a special feature of McGruers’ store fashion parades.

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First Communion

A group of young members of St. Patrick’s Church, Napier, after they had received their first Communion. They are seen with the Reverend Father Spring who was the officiating priest.

Hastings Wedding


At Hastings: Betty Margery Cameron, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Cameron, to Colin Armstrong Wake, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Wake. The bridal party, from left: the Groom and Bride, Bob Carter, Ngaire McLaren, David Apperley and Margaret Graham.

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21st Birthdays

Roger Kerr, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Kerr, Hastings, seen with his parents.

Robert Parkhill, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Parkhill, Havelock North.

Antoinette Monti of Haumoana, celebrating her 21st birthday at home.

Peter Taylor, son of Mrs. Taylor and the late Mr. Taylor, of Hastings.

Leslie Robert Ward is another young Hastings man who has turned 21.

PHOTOS by Candid Camera Studies

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[An aerial view of Napier city taken by our photographer to show the proposed Civic Centre in relation to the rest of the present business area. The new street formed will be an extension of Station Street with a slight bend to bring it out at right angles to Hastings Street. This site was chosen after expert advice from Professor Kennedy, Town Planner of Auckland University.]

Vautier St.

Station St.






Dickens St.

Hastings St.

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An aerial view of Napier city taken by our photographer to show the proposed Civic Centre in relation to the rest of the present business area. The new street formed will be an extension of Station Street with a slight bend to bring it out at right angles to Hastings Street. This site was chosen after expert advice from Professor Kennedy, Town Planner of Auckland University.

Looking towards the Vautier-Hastings Streets corner. The car park will be incorporated in the new block.

Looking east up Station Street to the P. & T. garage which will made way for the new road through to Hastings Street (at bottom). The old stadium occupied by City Motors will be demolished for the eastern end of the street. The new civic centre will probably face this new street looking due north.

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Grandmothers’ DAY

The first “Grandmothers’ Day” held by the Maraenui Ladies Mid-week Golf Club produced more golfing grandmothers than we would care to mention. It was a great success both sartorially and golf-wise, though there were some tense moments as tight jackets teed-off.

It’s just amazing how many frocks, and lace frills, bonnets and bustles come out of hiding for an occasion like this. There was no shortage of the genuine article as can be seen with Mrs Ball, and Mrs T. Sullivan in the immaculate sailor’s suit who won the award for the best-dressed caddie.

The winning grandmother in the Stableford competition was Mrs. A.W. Gunson complete with long black skirt, neat-fitting jacket and ankle-length frilly pantaloons. She won a silver salver.

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Mrs. Scadden, the Secretary, lines up her shot while her caddie Club Captain, Mrs. C. Holland places the ball. No tees were used during the day – only handfuls of sand.

The “grannies” really entered into the spirit of the day. Mrs. Smythe addressed the ball in the manner reminiscent of grandmother’s time – well – at least for our photographer.

“And my dears, you just wouldn’t believe me if I told you what she was wearing. Some people have no sense of propriety.” Mrs. G. Wade played her part with Mrs. N. Smith and Mrs. A.W. Gunson.

Mrs. A. Dykes looked a picture in her ankle-length tartan ensemble and her matching feathered hat, which we respectfully suggest she should have reversed while playing her shots.

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At St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Hastings: Anne Rae Colquhoun, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Colquhoun, Rimu Street, to Ewan Douglas Macdonald, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Macdonald, Hapuka Street. The wedding group, from left: Jim Hall, Janet Harwood, Kay Morris, the Groom and Bride, Alison Macdonald, Jack Hall, Maxine Litherland and Graham Mathison.
Batchelors Studios Photo


At the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hastings: Barbara Anne Ryan, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Ryan, to Kevin Patrick O’Sullivan, youngest son of Mrs. and the late Mr. T. O’Sullivan, Kenny Road, Napier. Future home is to be Hastings.
Lovell-Smith Photo

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Margaret Twort, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Twort, Southampton Street, to Roger Brown, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Brown, Hastings.

Yvonne Coombs, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Coombs, Akina Street, Hastings, to John Robert Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Collinge Road, Hastings.

A happy family photo taken at the Merchant Navy Club rooms, Napier, when Brenda Rogers and Raymond Falvey became engaged. They are seen with Mr. and Mrs. K. Falvey, Breakwater Road, and Mr. and Mrs. A. Rogers, Darwin Crescent, Napier.

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Could it be that St. Patrick had something to do with the formation of the Hastings Kodakwai Judo Club? It came into being on March 17th, 1958, and since then has grown steadily till today it boasts 90 members. Many have gained their belts indicating their kyu or class – a sign of their ability in the sport.

Much of the training can be done individually. Carol Wright is seen in the act of break-falling.

In combat, Carol Wright throws Marion McNiely with uri-goshi, a floating hip throw. One of the basic points of the craft is the art of breaking a fall by touching the mat first with an arm or leg. The theory is that once any part of the body has touched the ground the rest is no longer falling.

A young member of the club receives her sash from instructor N. Armstrong.

Hane-goshi – a spring hip throw – demonstrated by N. Armstrong on Marion McNiely. Something of the flamingo or the stork in this one-legged stance.

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Brotherly Love? W. Paterson puts his brother Glenn down with ogoshi, a hip throw. Both men come through to the club regularly from Waipawa.

With o-soto-gari, a leg throw, junior member Faye Holdsworth throws Robin Brown and no beg pardons.

Senior members at rest.

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Labour Day Sports

Hawke’s Bay turned on one of the sunniest Labour Days for many years, when the Prime Minister, Mr. Walter Nash visited the annual sports meeting at Farndon Park, Clive. He is seen with Mrs. Wire and some of her family of ten who won the prize for the largest family at the sports.

Three-legged races are always fun. Dawn Jamieson and Kathleen Start, though very different in height, were clear winners in the under-sixteens. The couple behind broke step and bit the grass.

And the slow bicycle race gave the boys a chance to display their prowess. Brian Boxal of Hastings stayed almost still on this bike to win the event.

Bill White of Hastings was the winner of the marathon and received his trophy, a handsome cup, from the Prime Minister, Mr. Nash.

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Mr. and Mrs. Les Ralph and their three daughters enjoying the day out at the Sports. Mr. Ralph is a well known track and road racing cyclist. He has won many major cycling awards in Hawke’s Bay and before that did well on the English tracks.

The cyclists, well bunched, rounding the track at speed in the last lap of the three-miles handicap race won by K. Sparks. L. Ralph was second.

At a special presentation gathering after the sports meeting, the Prime Minister presented medallions to life members of the Labour Day Sports Committee, now in its 48th year. From left: Mr. Charles Robinson, Mrs. McMahon, Mr. Sam Dockery (aged 93, who has given 43 years service to the association), Mr. Nash, Mr. Jack Clancy, Mrs. Boyd (on behalf of her late husband), Mr. Jack Summers and Mrs. Heard, who received a medallion for the late Mr. Heard’s work for the committee.

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Ocean Beach

In this part of the country, many people regard October 1st as the beginning of our six-months swimming season, if not the beginning of our summer. If you say “Brrrrrr” to this, then you only have to go south of the Cape to Ocean Beach to see the truth of it. These shots were taken on October 2nd with some of the bathers already in swimming. Those Pacific breakers rolling in are very inviting.

Looking down on the Ocean Beach settlement, from the heights that give access to it, down a fairly steep road. Bare Island, off Waimarama Beach further down the coast, can be seen on the skyline to the south-east.

Kiddies can play in relative safety on this pleasant sandy, secluded beach, sheltered from the strong westerly winds by the surrounding hills.

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Coleman SHIELD

The annual inter-high school rifle shoot for the Coleman Shield produced some excellent rounds this year as well as a team record score for the Napier Boys’ High School of 1254 points – four better than Hastings High School’s record last year. Hastings was second this year 83 points behind. Other schools that took part were St. John’s College, Te Aute College, Gisborne Boys’ High, Dannevirke, Lindisfarne and Wairoa. The shoot was held at the Roys Hill Range near Fernhill.

The Command vehicle with some of the Regular Officers and men who controlled the shoot.

Cadet J.H. James, Napier, who won the Coleman Belt for the best individual score. He tied with two other Napier cadets, Sergeants A.J. Campbell and K.A. Norris, each with 187 points. Cadet James won the belt on a shoot-off with the other two.

Lieutenant I.W. Brown and Sgt. R. Clarke of Dannevirke on the mound.

Some of the Wairoa College lads take it easy while waiting their turn at the firing point. From left: R. Riddell, S. Duncan, R. Rangi, J. Collins and I. Redshaw.

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Amongst many other things the School Cadets teach the boys how to use and care for a rifle. Robin Ponga of St. John’s, Hastings, cleans his rifle after use.

Hungry men become even hungrier when they are out in the wide open spaces, but the army was equal to the task and provided them with an excellent fare. No spam or bully-beef here.

And after a hearty meal what better than to lie out on the grass and let it settle. The Hastings Boys’ High School team found it most satisfying.

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With plenty of space between them, cadets sprawl out on the mound as they concentrate on the butts. Each rifleman has a spotter beside him to give him corrections as he fires.

Everyone was interested in the scoreboard as the day’s shoot progressed.

The Hastings team, second in the competition, back row from left: A. Collins, P. Painter, N. Galbraith, J. Pickett, N. Cohen. Front row: B. Barley (captain), B. Batson, D. Simmons and D. Low.

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Ormondville Wedding


At Ormondville Anglican Church: Peter Olsen recently arrived for this wedding in an old, but venerable gig. Afterwards he drove his bride away in gallant country style. She was May Elenor, daughter of Mr and Mrs Gorton, Christchurch. Peter Olsen is the son of Mr. and Mrs. N. Olsen, Whetakura.
Barretts Studios, Dannevirke

Hastings Wedding


At Hastings: Sonia Fargher, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Fargher, to Robert Keough, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Keough. The wedding group, from left: Colin Andrews, Annette Smith, the Groom and Bride, Kevin Keough and June Ward. The page, David Boyte, flower girl, Sally Chapman.
Stuart Johnson Photo

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21st Birthdays

Mr. and Mrs. S. Witoko watch their eldest son, Boy, cut his cake at his 21st which he celebrated in the Buffalo Hall, Hastings. The Witokos live in Norton Road.

Lionel Herries held his party at the High School Old Boys’ Gym in Hastings.

Jacqueline Smith, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Smith celebrated her coming-of-age with a party at her home in Heretaunga Street, Hastings.

Gavin Matthews enjoyed his 21st at the home of his fiance, Valda Collins in Napier. Gavin is seen with Valda and her father, Mr. H. Matthews, Russell Road, Napier.

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Centennial Hall

OPENING . . . .

A remarkable display of indoor sports made the opening of Napier’s magnificent Centennial Hall a bright spot in the city’s history. At the same time it seemed to silence the critics who had been grumbling about expense. 2500 people turned out to see a dazzling display of sports and pastimes run to a clockwork schedule. The size of the hall can be seen in this full-length shot, and the value of it, not only to Napier but to the entire district, will be inestimable. Without a doubt it will bring many national tournaments and conferences to the province which would otherwise be forced to go elsewhere; and, of course, it will be invaluable to many local sports groups.

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And here are some of the sports entertainers who carried the show at the Centennial Hall opening.

Judo is not one of those sports which can be classified as “the manly art of . . .” it can be the womanly art of judo, too. Sheila Young demonstrates this in no uncertain way as she throws Barry Richardson during the judo demonstration.

A spectacular shot of a foursome from the Revue Skating Club as they went through their routine.

Seldom seen by the general public, the local swords clubs made a good showing at the big opening.

The floor of the Centennial Hall is laid with extra-hard parquet blocks which will stand more than the usual amount of wear. The 20,000 square feet will be ample to accommodate almost any local competition or sports body, and says much for the foresight of the planners. For a country that can spend most of its sports time outdoors, this building should serve the local populace well for many years to come.

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Of course there was an official opening ceremony with the skirl of the pipes an essential ingredient. The Ahuriri Caledonian Pipe Band and the Napier Ladies’ Pipe Band are seen on the march together.

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. W. T. Anderton, opened the hall and expressed the hope that it would be used to the utmost in training the young people of the district in healthy pursuits. It may cost a lot of money, he said, but that was not the important thing. What mattered was the development of young people’s minds and bodies, which in turn made for good citizens. People only became delinquents when they had nothing to do.

One of the tableaux presented by the Simmonds Acrobatic Troupe, which performs regularly in the Napier and Hastings district.

Pupils of Napier Boys’ High School seen in action during their corner of the programme.

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Summer sports are now well under way with all the healthy exercise and fresh air that goes with them. The winning crew on the opening day of the Hawke’s Bay Rowing Club’s season. L. to r.: D. Prince, T. Austin (stroke), C. Harrison and B. Gorton. Oddly enough, this club of the strenuous sport, hold a competition on their opening day for the Harding Cup.

The crew as they passed under the Clive Bridge on the Ngaruroro.

And at Ebbett Park, Hastings, the West End Tennis Club got under way with opening matches on their hard courts.

Three lassies looking forward to a season in the sun. Lois Painter, Barbara Allsopp and Rosemary Gamble, outside the clubhouse.

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St. John

It was the St. John Ambulance Association’s big day recently when the Lord Prior of the Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem, the Lord Wakehurst, laid the foundation stone for the new East Coast Headquarters in Napier. The gathering brought together nearly all the officers of the St. John Ambulance Brigade and the Association in Hawke’s Bay.

From left: District Officer S.C. Andrews, Havelock North, D.O. W.R. Kemp, Hastings, D.O. L.R. Jarvis, Napier, D.O. J.C. Henley, Ruatoria, District Nursing Officer, Sister M. Wilson, Napier, District Superintendent, Mrs. E. Yeo, Taradale, and Mrs, M.H. Hendry, D.O. Cadets, Napier.

The Lord Prior, Lord Wakehurst speaking to Miss E.M. Tait, Cadet Superintendent, Napier, before laying the foundation stone on the headquarters site in Hastings Street.

Taradale and Napier Nursing Cadets on parade.

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Because of the increase in our population, or perhaps only because more couples want us to publish their wedding photographs, we have found it necessary to place a restriction on them (in line with our policy of bringing you as wide a selection of people and events as is possible). The management wish to keep wedding photos in proportion to other news photos and information appearing in Photo News.
Therefore, from January next, we will publish only 3 X 4 glossy prints of newly married couples. However, if anyone particularly wants a half-page wedding group, the management has agreed to publish it on receipt of a ten shilling postal note sent with a 6 X 4 group photo.
Wedding photos received after January 1, 1961, must conform to these rules if they are to be published.

Diamond Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Tingey, of 32 Seapoint Road, Napier, recently celebrated 60 years of married life with a family gathering of four generations. Standing: Mrs. Carroll, Mr. Tingey, Mrs. Watson. Sitting: Julie Glass, Mrs. Glass, Mrs. Tingey and Keith Glass.

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21st Birthdays

Noeline Leonard, a Blossom Princess this year, celebrated at Cabaret Cabana. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. F.J. Leonard, St. Aubyn Street, Hastings.
MacConnells Photo Service

Rosemary Gooch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Gooch, held her 21st at home at Takapau. She is a nurse at Hastings.
Wendy Studios, Takapau

John Brabazon, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. I. Brabazon, had his 21st at Ormondville.

John Mitchell had a little trouble with his cake at his party held at Mrs P. Johnson’s, Takapau.

Photos by Wendy Studios


Karen Eleanor Jeffs and John David Unwin, both of Hastings, have announced their engagement.
Max Schindel Photo

Gabrielle Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.F. Smith, Andrew Street, Napier, to Norman Dingle, son of Mrs. and the late Mr. Benjamin Dingle of Hastings.
Batchelors Studio Photo

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Some of the fancily-dressed children.

The first-assistant at Nelson Park School, Mr. W. Coutts, with a smaller assistant, directs affairs from the school steps.

Two bold and very dangerous customers – Bosun “Deadeye” Bruce and Captain Alistair “Kidd” Sutherland.

Two shy little girls – and slightly old-fashioned, too – Valerie Boyd and Christine Johnstone.

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The ingenuity of mums in turning out their children in ever-new fancier dresses is a never-ending source of wonderment. Photo News suggests that in the off-season they turn these fertile imaginations to more profitable inventions – perhaps in the plastics or hardware field.


Mr C. O’Loughlin, Branch Engineer of Shell Oil (N.Z.) Ltd., Napier, who retired recently after thirty-one years with the company.

At a farewell function held in the Shell social room at Ahuriri, the staff turned up in force. Back row, left to right: J. Irwin, E. Martyn, T. Barber, F. O’Brien, V. Farland, A. Fryer, M. Scullin, J. McConaghty, J. Gair. Middle row: L. Hicks, J. Higginson, F. Keenan, P. Duffy (Branch Manager), G. O’Loughlin, A. Cunningham, E. Treadway, J. Guillemot. Front row: M. Newton, J. Shepherd, I. Woodmass, H. James and W. Hiscox.

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Thrills and spills are the rule rather than the exception when the bronco busters meet each year at the Meeanee Rodeo. M. Steiner of Napier, typifies the spirit of these young chaps who risk their necks for the thrill of a few moments ride.

Even when you come off you’re not out of danger. Terry Barclay of Tutira had a narrow squeak when his temporary mount decided to do handstands round him.

This game young fellow, R. Goldfinch, appears to be on the horns of a dilemma, but actually he’s on the way past. He needed some attention from St. John, but eventually walked away.

Horses aren’t the only attraction at the Rodeo. Maureen Wheeler and Catherine Steiner make friends with “Rangi”, presumably not one of the bucking broncs.

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Ouch! That hurt, but I’m blowed if I’m getting off, says Master McKenzie with grim determination.

And this steer was so frisky it almost climbed out of the pen before they could get a rider on him. They eventually let him out unridden.

Can you do this? That white bombshell shows just how easy it is to throw an unwanted rider. If you’re able, it pays to get out of the way smartly.

And still they come – these young lads with high hopes but only one destination. Douglas Edwards was just another that responded to gravity.

“Hi-yo, Silver,” cries Robin Landon of Matapiro, as he takes to the air.

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This three-act play by Norman King was presented by the Taupo Dramatic Society as a major production in Qctober and played for two nights. The producer was Russell James. From left: Ronald Newman and Brian Shelly in a clinch. Madelaine Beange and Arnold Blades.

The President of the Taupo Country Women’s Institute, Mrs. M. Beale, cutting the 21st Birthday Cake of the group when it celebrated its majority in the Memorial Hall. The Treasurer, Mrs. L. Gibbons and Secretary, Mrs. G. Allen, look on.

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The Braddock family of Taupo had their first full family reunion in 21 years when they gathered for the wedding of younger daughter Estelle to Rodney Darlington. All sixteen sons and daughters are pictured with their parents Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Braddock. Estelle sits next to her mother.

With an attractive knotty-pine background these women had no time to enjoy it as they dispensed tea to the multitude at the Wright Stephenson opening. Left to right: Mrs. N. Toms, Mrs. V. Reelick and Mrs. M. Gilkison.

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TAUPO Weddings


At Taupo, Estelle, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Braddock to Mr. R. Darlington.


At St. Andrew’s Church, Taupo, Miss H. Newbold of Reporoa, to Mr. C. Savery.

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NAPIER by Night

A view of Napier taken from the lower end of Emerson Street and looking towards the Marine Parade with the T. & G. clock tower in the centre background. The two Centennial arches, with their coloured lights, which, although they have been a feature of the main street for nearly two years, have lost none of their attraction for Napier shoppers.


No cutting this house in half. It was moved holus-bolus to a new site by way of the main highway. It’s seen negotiating the right-angled corner from Whakatu onto the Mangateretere straight, while Traffic Officer Geoff Rutter diverts traffic. Power Board and Post Office linesmen were needed in the van to lift or move obstructing cables. Rees Watkins and his moving gang thought nothing of this everyday chore, which, however, took them several days to complete. The house was parked on the side of the road overnight.

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Our shots of the Iron Pot in last month’s issue prompted us to bring you this idyllic scene of the forgotten haven. Many will remember the busy harbour it was, even in the thirties when the ferry used to run regularly to Westshore. With suggestions that it may be filled in to provide a through road from the new bridge to the breakwater and the city, and counter-suggestions that the sand should be pumped out and the “dear old Iron Pot” returned to its former glory as a boat harbour, we are likely to see some action in the vicinity one way or another. The old guard will probably take up sniping positions if its filled in and the new guard if its cleaned out. Could be interesting. By the way, the sagging wall on the right is one of the few remaining relics of the quake.

After two years these “digs” met again in Singapore – well where else but in a thirsty bar. They have more than a passing interest in each other – they’re brothers from Hastings: A.B. Mervyn Manaena, R.N.Z., on “Rotoiti: and Gunner Rex Manaena, Second Regiment, Malaya.

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Tennis & Bowling

A good rally at the Whakatu Bowling Club made a fitting start to the new season. Members of the committee out on the greens to welcome members, visitors and new bowlers.

And on the same day, President of Whakatu Tennis Club, Mr. R. Bowles, opened the season with the first service – a double fault . . .

. . . while, back at the bowling green, Mrs. D. Love sent down the first kitty, Mrs. G. Cooper the oldest member played the first ball and play was under way.

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The Hastings Municipal Theatre saw another good night’s entertainment this year when the Combined Kindergarten Mothers’ Clubs let their hair down in their annual concert.

“Mothers on Revue”, by the Central Mothers’ Club, included the number “When Father Papered the Parlour” with Janet Williams, Sadie Smith, Gladys Marks, Betty Baker and Rita Yule. Just as well Dads were babysitting.

Sally Hilson shows her party frock in the Raureka number, “Our Back Street is Broadway”.

The Mahora Mothers’ Club turned gypsy in their series.

Havelock North Mothers’ Club turned on a picnic scene – and very nice, too (if we’re allowed to make editorial comment). “Get Out Those Old Gramophone Records” was the song under way when the camera picked this right moment.

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The “boys” of the Havelock club line up for a drink dispensed by barman Dorothy Clark. Again – just as well Dad was at home.

Mayfair Mothers took the audience not to Mayfair but to a night at the “Last Chance” where Diamond Lil and Handsome Harry were just a-commentin’ on the fact that “It’s a Quiet Town”.

The Can-Can Girls from Gay Paree (and Parkvale) gave it all they’d got as they whipped the audience off to “Far Away Places”. Anyway, what’s Paris got that we haven’t got?

Yankee Doodle Dandy was another item from the Central group. Left to right: Sadie Smith, Gladys Monks, M. Stevens and N. Dagg, all electioneering for the demo-publicans.

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Napier Weddings


At Trinity Methodist Church, Napier: Gwenda May Wardle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. Wardle, Chaucer Road, Napier, to John William Boyd, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Boyd, Williams Street, Marewa. The group, from left: Alan Boyd, Mrs Shirley Crosse, Bride and Groom, Lois Waterall, Gail Law and Alan Sharples. The couple will live at Onekawa.

At St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Ahuriri: Kathleen Olga Zidich, daughter of Mrs. F.G. Zidich, Napier, to Bernard Lawrence Hunt, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Hunt, Bay View. From left: the Groom and Bride, William Hunt and Sonya Zidich.
Batchelors Studios Photo

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21st Birthday

Robert Williams of Creagh Street, Napier, held his party in the Old Folks’ Hall. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. W.H.L. Williams.

Mary Ann Keatch, youngest daughter of Mr. W.G. Keatch, Miller Street, Hastings, celebrated her coming-of-age at the Stortford Lodge Hotel.

Terence Kilkenny, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.T. Kilkenny, Avenue Road, Greenmeadows, held his 21st party at the Greenmeadows Hall.


Another young Napier man turned twenty-one. Lindsay John Lock, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Lock, Cameron Road, cut his cake.

Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Beck seen with their son Jon, as he cut his cake at the Red Cross Hall, Napier.
MacConnells Photo Service

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Last month we gave you a party game to get everyone on the floor – the newspaper novelty dance – and we promised you a sequel if you had more than one pair left in. This game is also played with paper but of a slightly different quality. Issue each couple with a roll of suitable paper. The girl must make a “daddy-mummy” of her partner. The winner can be judged by a show of hands.

As you can see some start at the bottom and others at the top, but the results would appear to be much the same.

In the pharaoh’s tomb! If you wish to gain entry, just “toot-an-come-in”.

Footnote: When finished, carefully rewind the wrappings for next time.

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This peaceful setting of trees, shrubs and spacious lawns is the approach to the secluded St. Luke’s Church, Havelock North.


This month’s fire again took place in a new church – the Brethren Chapel, almost finished, on the corner of Gordon Road and Florence Street, Hastings. The building was badly damaged the piano and pews were almost destroyed. Much voluntary labour had gone into the building which was to have been opened on November 12th. Members of the Brethren Assembly have already started rebuilding the chapel which was insured. Fire Chief Harlen considered the fire had started spontaneously in oil-soaked rags used for finishing work.

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Napier Wedding


At the Anglican Church, Napier, Queenie Pahura, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. Pahura, Hicks Bay, East Coast, to Perry Sadler, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Sadler, Kaikohe. Bay of Islands. Future home will be Motueka.
Photo by Batchelors Studios



At All Saints’ Church, Taradale, Colleen Shirley Tolley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs H. Tolley, Riverside Motor Camp, Taradale, to Kenneth John Carson, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Carson, Maraekakaho.
Batchelors Studios Photo



At the Methodist Church, Tauranga, Judith Helen Beal, formerly of Hastings, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Beal, Tauranga, to Anthony James Paterson, Tauranga. The bridal party: Terry Hitchcock, Patricia Harvey, the groom and bride, George Reynolds and Dawn Howlett.

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Caravan CLUB

The H.B. Caravan Club, established three years ago, enjoyed bright sunshine for its annual meeting held at Clifton. Some of the members are seen relaxing there. The club has increased it’s membership considerably during the past year and aims to extend its trips further afield than the local spots visited up to now. For those who love the wide open spaces and remote beaches the caravan club offers the answer with good companionship thrown in for good measure.

The interior of Mr Spence’s caravan. It is only 10 foot six long long yet has an amazing amount of room. It was built to be pulled by an Austin 8 car and weighs just 8 cwt. unloaded.

Members are all proud to fly the club’s pennant.

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Regular fire drill and practices, as well as real fire calls, are not enough for the Hastings Fire Brigade. In a full-scale demonstration for members of the Fire Board and Hawke’s Bay local bodies, the men went through several important drill procedures that would be followed in the case of a major fire.

Looking like a man from Mars, a fireman complete with mask, oxygen supply and all the other essentials, starts up the station tower with a heavy lead attached to his waist.

The tower has been extended on one side to simulate the floors of a building, even to window apertures in the outside. On the fourth “floor” the men find a smoke victim in need of attention, and quickly lower him to the ground with a type of breeches buoy.

No sooner is the victim on the ground than the automatic resuscitator is brought into play. This is now standard equipment for the brigade for any major fire, and is on call for any other life-saving emergency.

To make a spectacle for their audience, the brigadesmen had eleven leads in action at one time, working off portable and major pumps. Eight of them are seen in action here.

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Another method of removing a victim from a building – by the ladder and the “fireman’s hoist”. Deputy Chief Fire Officer L.H. Jillings carries his brother down 46 feet

while Third Officer Walker braces the ladder.

INSET – Scott Walker thinks “how much longer must I wait?”

As the orders are issued, each man knows his job and doubles to the task. There’s no time for hesitation in this game.

The power of these jets can be almost felt as firemen direct them to their imaginary fire in the swimming pool from the second and fourth floors of the tower.

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This Ministry of Works truck found the bottom of the Waikato. It crashed through a Bailey bridge while working on the new Aratiatia diversion near Wairakei. The remains are being pulled out.

The Waikare Rugby Club held its wind-up for the season in the Putorino Hall. In the presentation group, from left, are: W. Ward (secretary), J. Mackintosh, Mrs. J. Durno, D. Hungahunga (the most improved player of the year), R. Le Quesne (president), Miss P. Ward, and P. Craig (Napier referee), who was officially thanked for his work for the club. The two women also received thank-you gifts for their help.

Carol Lamb, 17-months-old, was all decked out for the Hastings Blossom procession but missed out because of the weather. Her grandparents who came from Wellington see her parade, have had a grandchild in the festival each year since 1951.

And on the same day 70 railway enthusiasts braved the elements on a special trip to nowhere-in-particular – it turned out to be Waikoau, thirty miles from Napier. One Wellington member braved the bitter cold for this shot in the falling snow at Waikoau.

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Anna Belle of Hastings

Anna Belle’s outdoor fashion parade at the Hawke’s Bay A. & P. Show proved to be one of the highlights of People’s Day and drew large crowds. It’s believed to be the first such fashion parade held at the show, and was such a success like the polo and the horse quadrille, that it will almost certainly be repeated next year. It’s also a grand opportunity for the men to see new trends in fashion without feeling too self-conscious.

Julie looks most fetching in this Tropic Glo sunfrock designed by Miss Hawaii and exclusive to Anna Belle of Hastings.

For the sophisticated woman Dawn wears a Fashionbilt frock in sheerest black crepe.

This Whispaire stunzi silk ensemble shown by Margo was highlighted by the completely reversible coat.

This delightfully and obviously cool Calpreta sunfrock was displayed by Peggy.

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22nd December

[Back cover photo – This idyllic setting should stir pleasant memories for the many who visited the Tomoana Showgrounds this year and strolled through Waikoko Gardens or lunched beside this placid lake.]

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