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The annual Student procession or 'Procesh' was held at midday on the Monday of 'Capping Week' and was a highlight of 'Town and Gown' relations between Massey University and the City. Sometimes courting controversy with its 'student humour', the parade usually consisted of floats commenting on the issues of the year, clowns and trick cyclists. It attracted large crowds, stopping traffic along Broadway and around the Square and usually ended with a ceremonial ducking in the Butterfly pond after speeches by students representing 'Lord and Lady Massey' and the Mayor.

This image depicts a student mock haka party. Mockery of kapa haka was once considered 'just a bit of fun' and was part of the procession every year. The practice slowly died out across Aotearoa in the face of protest and education about manifestations of institutional racism, particularly after the 1979 'Haka Party Incident' at Auckland University. This group chanted "Beer is Best" as they danced along Broadway Avenue in grass skirts. The T&G, Bennetts Bookshop, Hopwood's Hardware and Garner's buildings can be seen on the right, and the State and Regent Theatres on the left of the photograph.

Keith Roland Hamblyn was a photographer with the Palmerston North Hospital Board for many years. In a private capacity, he documented a wide variety of public events between 1958 and the early 1970s.

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Image
Relation
2014-26
Date
April 9, 1962
Digitisation ID
2022S_2014-26_038834
Format
Slide
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Coolstore

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Broadway, Palmerston North

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