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Takahiwai Native School Entertainment.

From Oar Own Correspondent,

A very pleasant gathering took place at the Public Hall at Takahiwai on Thursday evening last. Mr Malcolm, the indefatigable teacher, gave the entertainment at his own expense, the school children and volunteers providing songs and hakas. The launches Stella and Nimrod had been bespoken by Mr Malcolm, the former bringing a contingent from Whangarei, Tamaterau, and Farua Bay, aDdthe latter running from WhangarefrHeads. We noticed among the visitors Mr Eccles (who gave a solo on the euphonium J and Mrs Eccles, Mr H. L. Squires, Mr B. Harnett, Mrs Jagger, and Misses Ina McLeod, L. Stuart, and J. McGregor. Marsden Point and Buakaka contributed a good Dumber, and the Hall was quite fall. Dances were sandwiched in between the musical programme, among them being a skirt dance and a network dance by the children, both very effectively performed. Excellent refreshments were provided by Mr Cooper. Perhaps the features of the evening were the admirable hakas given by a dozen boys, under a veteran Maori leader. The style was quite new to your correspondent, and mainly consisted of vigorous dialogue addressed by the leader to the boys, and increasing in intensity and excitement (as also did the gesturing and posturing) till, at the very highest pitch of the tension, the haka was very suddenly stopped. The hall was very tastefully decorated with ferntree and palms, and lit up with Chinese lanterns. A few very good fireworks preceded the indoor entertainment. "What was your idea, Mr Malcolm," I asked, "in giving this concert and dance?" "Well, really, I Wanted to give some little reward to the children ; they worked so hard in getting gum. They actually got £5 worth of gum unaided. That meant £15, you know, with the Government subsidy promised for our proposed carpenters shop." , I could say a great deal about the hopes centred in this carpenter's shop. All honour to the man who is willing to give his spare time as well as his cash in the interests of these young natives. Following is the programme which was submitted during the evening : — Chorus, "The Cat in School," by school children ; vocal trio, " Twinkle, Twinkle, little Star," by Misses Emira Pitman, Peta Honitana, and Master Hori Pirihi; haka, by boys led by Messrs Hori Maki and Henari Pirihi; duet, "Honey stay in your own Back Yard," Miss Olive and Master Barney Pitman ; Maori song, Miss Louie Kepa ; song, " Good Old Jeff,"" Mr M. Marpro; Highland fchottische, by school children ; song, "Come Birdie Come," Masters H. and Jj!. Pirihi; duet, "I don't want to Play in Tour Yard," Misses Tiwera Pitman and Etie Pirihi ; Maori version of favourite songs, Mr Toko Kepa; song, "Camptown Eaces," school boys ; Maori duet, Misses Ruma Honetana and Tare Pirihi; song, "A Maori Maid," Miss Harriet Maki and Edward Pitman; physical drill exhibition, schoolboys; duet in Maori, Misses Harriet and Mary Maki; song, " Ma Honey's Holiday," Mr M. Marpro; haka, boys and girls; song, "Coon, Coon, Coon," with skirt dance, Miss Olive Pitman; song, "Any Rags" (encored), Mr Malcolm; chorus, "Cock Kobin," school children.

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Takahiwai Native School Entertainment. Northern Advocate, 7 May 1906

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