On Sunday 21st July 2013 I spent a wonderful day with two ladies from Christchurch.
There are many kaitiaki associated with the different families of Waimarama. These spiritual guides, guardians, guardian angels, and so on may take various forms but most are animals, be it from the land or the sea.
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.
Here is a picture of my dad with a friend and some of the crayfish that they have been diving for. I think that this would have been taken in the 1950s. At that time crayfish was easily caught by diving around the intertidal rocks.
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.
The Photo in this article was taken at the opening of the archway at Waimarama Maori School circa 1957. The woman on the left with her back turned is Aunty Babe Carroll. Next to her is Sid Meads who was the headmaster at the time.
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.