Stories in Treaty of Waitangi Breaches
In 1895 a significant collection of artefacts initially sourced by Fritz Meinertzhagen and Walter Lorne Campbell and which may have been added to by Gertrude Meinertzhagen was donated to the British Museum in London.
The Waimarama Maori School.Had a very pleasant lunch with Rose Mohi at 1024 yesterday. 1024 is the name of the restaurant and the food was beautiful although this was not the purpose of the luncheon but a most interesting and enjoyable aside.
This photograph was taken when Uncle John was a resident at the kaumatua flats at the Marae in Waimarama. Seated alongside is his sister Wikitoria (my mother) and I am seated in behind. Uncle John was already in to his nineties
I grew up in Waimarama at a time when the Marae was the very hub of not only our Maori community but the whole community. In that time I saw the gradual coming apart of our people and their way of life.
Other treaty breaches in Waimarama will be mentioned briefly as they have been covered more extensively by other claimants or are part of a wider generic claim.
There is no need to talk about the Land Alienation Laws and their purpose. Individualisation of title away from Tribal ownership resulted in wholesale land loss: this has been the cornerstone of every Treaty of Waitangi Claim throughout the country.
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.