Just after the start of the First World War, the government introduced The Discharged Soldiers Settlement Act of 1915. This resulted in the acquisition of large tracts of land from private owners and this would be used for soldier resettlement at the end of the war.
From our home on the hill at Waimarama I came to appreciate that the Waingongoro River was not always benign. I experienced three major floods firstly in 1959 again in 1974 and more recently in 2011.
We spent many happy hours playing in the Waingongoro River. Poking along the banks; chasing the water rats, filling our billy can with fresh water crayfish, catching cockabullies, poling for tuna or just swimming and lazing in the sun at Marnies Creek: our favourite water hole.
Waimarama is named for a spring, Te Puna Waimarama. It is told that such was the quality of the water in this spring that it could mirror and reflect all that came over the horizon, be it friend or foe.
(Extract taken from a presentation made by Robert Mac Donald to the WHARE KORERO, Herataunga/Tamatea Treaty of Waitangi Claims at EIT on Saturday 8th June 2013)
TE TAKE A HE TOA TAKITINI KI TE KĀWANATANGA KI TE AUTE KURA, KI ŌMĀHU MARAE
This address was presented by Dr Timoti Karetu at the WHARE KORERO, He Toa Takitini, Heretaunga/Tamatea, Treaty of Waitangi Claim Hearings at EIT on Saturday 8th June 2013
On Sunday 2nd June 2013 we hosted some visitors from Taiwan at Hakikino. They were wonderful people and very appreciative of their first introduction to our culture,
Talking about stones last week reminded me of another stone story that occurred a little more recently than those ancient stones as already spoken of.
The practice of arranged marriages has almost died out in our culture now but it was interesting to hear my mother talk of how these marriages occurred. As she was the youngest in her family these stories would have been related to her by her mother.