Rātana kapa haka for Wembley

Members of Ratana's Band and Orchestra who will perform at the British Empire Exhibition at...
Members of Ratana's Band and Orchestra who will perform at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley. Mrs Ratana, wife of the famous healer, is seated at centre. — Otago Witness, 8.4.1924
A gathering of Natives from along the coast, held at Ratana, broke up the other day.

It is reported that it has been decided to send a haka team and a team of poi dancers to the Empire Exhibition from Ratana. Ratana himself will also make the trip to the Exhibition.

Car dealers hold picnic

Messrs Cooke, Howlison and Co. held their fifth annual picnic last Saturday at Taieri Mouth, employees and friends numbering close on 100 being there and, despite the fact that the day turned out fairly wet, all enjoyed themselves thoroughly. The party motored out from town in about 20 cars and, after partaking of a cup of tea, indulged in games and rounders on the beach. Fruit, lollies and toys were there in abundance, and the kiddies’ enjoyment of the day added materially to the pleasure of everyone present.

YMCA short on dough

The Board of Directors of the Young Men’s Christian Association have felt it necessary to appeal to the public for funds. There is never a time when calls are not being made to give assistance to objects of a humanitarian or philanthropic or communal character, but the YMCA merits favourable consideration. Since the closing of the war funds the association has continued to perform "community" work of great importance at Trentham, and it cares for the social side of the life of the territorial soldier at all military camps, such as those that have recently been held at Matarae. Moreover, in the construction camps where State departments are engaged in railway building, or in the installation of hydro-electric schemes, and in several companies’ industrial plants, it has maintained fully equipped hutments, where social, physical, and religious activities have been carried out by men trained for this type of work. Operations have been fully maintained in settled centres, and the association now possesses property and equipment in New Zealand valued at £196,000, while upwards of 10,000 men and boys are enrolled in its membership. In Dunedin the association is carrying on a constructive work of unquestionable benefit to the community at a minimum of expense.  The gymnasium has had an enrolment of over 500 young people, including ladies’ classes. But, although there is no extravagance, the expenses of the institution are so heavy that the income has proved inadequate to meet them. It is in these circumstances that the association has decided to appeal for £2000 to enable it to discharge its obligations.

— editorial

Hot or cold?

Those who take only hot baths often become physically relaxed. They fall  prey not only to colds and chills but also to constipation. We have in our skin about 2,000,000 pores, which help in regulating its temperature. They open to the warmth and close down when it is cold, acting like miniature windows. A sudden feeling of cold leads to the rapid contraction of these openings, causing a goose-skin. In people who soften themselves with over-frequent hot baths the pores lose the habit. They flabbily remain open, and thus we catch chills. For this reason a hot bath should invariably be followed by a cold shower or by a bucketful of cold water emptied on the the head and shoulders. A hot bath, if rarely taken, has a most powerful effect. It’s the best means of driving out a chill before it has time to produce a severe cold.  Of course, a hot bath has comparatively little stimulating effect for those who take it every day.

— ODT, 12.3.1924  (Compiled by Peter Dowden)