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A very pretty wedding was solemn ized at tbe Maori Kaik, Onuku, on Tuesday afternoon, the contracting parties beiDg Miss Miriam (Millie) Hokianga, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Peni Hokianga, of Onuku, and Mr Allen Raymond Smith, of Hawera. A very large number of guests and friends were present, both European and Maori, the latter beiDg representative of Wainui, Little River, Port Levy, Rapaki, Timaru, and North Island.. The little church, beautifully decorated, was filled to overflowing, many of those invited being unable to gain admittance. The ceremony was performed by tbe Vicar of Akaroa, Rev. A. H. Julius. The bride looked charming, and was attired in a white .oft satin robe with pilk ' trimmings and pnnrh train. She won* the nrlb«»

dox veil, and carried a lovely bouquet of orange blossoms. Mesdames Bunker (in a becoming blue merv with black silk net overdress and picture hat) and Webb (cream satin co.iurne with cream overdress with black pic

ture bat) were the bridesmaids, whilst Miss Wai Iti Hokianga, in a pretty pale pink silk dress and chiffon bonnet acted as flower girl, and Master K. Blinker, prettily attired in pale blue satin, was tbe page, Tbe groomsman was Mr E. Smith (brother of tbe groom), and Mr Jack Tikao (cousin of tbe bride) gave the bride away. The nuptials coucluded, the bridal party, amidst showers of rice, confetti, nnd rose leaves, proceeded to tbe fcbool room, where tbe happy pair were wel

corned in tbe quaint native manner by tbeir Maori friends,

In the schoolroom a sumptuous repast was tastefully laid out under the able management of Mrs and Mis-i Goodwin, of Akaroa. Tbe room bad been decorated with taste and skill, many appropriate emblems beiog a conspicuous featurp, After Grace bad been pronounced by the Rev. A. H. Julius, the viands were heartily partaken of, and a short toast list honoured. Most of tbe speeches were in tbe Maori language, which Mr J. Tikao courteously inter

preted for the pakeba guests .After the toast of "Tbe King" bad been honoured, Mr Ropata Panrini proposed tbe health of the bride and bridegroom, and, in doing so, expressed tbe heartiest good wishes in this meeting for the celebration of the marriage, and during tbe time fcbey ar. united prosperity in every way and a large family, He asked them to drink to the health of the young couple. Tbe toast was drunk in bumpers, after which Mr L. Smith returned I thanks.

Mr E. E. Lelievre then proposed the health of tbe parents of tbe bride j and bridegroom, saying it was with extreme pleasure he did so. He bad known both Mr and Mrs Hokianga all his life, and known only good of them. To know them was to respect them. Tbey were typical specimens of tbeir race, and the Maori was tbe finest native race in the world, physically and intellectually. He instanced the effor.3 of the present Government to make all things equal for Maori and pakeha alike. It was with pleasure he asked them all to drink to the \ long life and health of their host and hostess. (Applause)

Tbe toast was drunk with ; much goodwill. Maaka Kiharoa proposed "Our Ancestors," coupled with the pakeba race. He asked them all to drink tbe toast of their gone ancestors. He was very pleased to see such a gathering of white brethren. To the bride and bridegroom good health—may they iive long; also to the parents good health. The toast was applaudingly honoured.

In proposing the toast of "Our Visitors," .Mr Waata Taupo said bis first kaiora to his pakeba friendsalso Maoris. Being a cornparatii vt stranger to tbe district himself, was pleased to see such a gathering -

it showed goodwill to Maoris by all present. He concluded by wishing the bridal couple good health, happy future and prosperity.

Replying, Mr Dick Kildair wished J tbe friends great health during these procaedings, and, on behalf of visitor <, he wished those people who belonged here great health. He was veiy pleased to see the way of receiving the pakeba friends, the same way at the Maori friends—tbe good way. Ht wished-all " kaiora.", Tbe bride then cut tbe cake —a veritable triumph of confectionery art by Mr F. J. Hill—a noticeable feature of its decoration being a peal of tbrei tiokling bells. The cake was banded round and partaken of by all. Mr _?. S. Michell, on behalf of ib> pakeba guests present, then thankeri their hosts for tbe kindly welcome and hospitality shown them. He conclud ed by extending most hearty congratu lations to tbe young couple, ano wishes for their future prosperity. Tbe guests then adjourned to th; bride's parents' bouse and viewed tb* gifts, which were both numerous aco costly. The festivities closed with « dance in tbe schoolroom in tbe even ing, The bride's gift to the bridegroom was a pair of gold sleeve link?, and that of the groom to tbe bride a gold watch and cbain, aud to tbe groo__3 man a pair of military brushes. The festivities closed with a dance in tbe evening.

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WEDDING AT ONUKU., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4384, 3 April 1914

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WEDDING AT ONUKU. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4384, 3 April 1914

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