Saturday, 14 February 2015
Relay for Life 2015
|The Makaawhio tent, with 'sleeping quarters' behind.|
|The kai sales table did a brisk business.|
|Taua Marie Mahuika doing laps with Rohatai and Charlotte.|
Friday, 13 February 2015
Our own head guide
Monday, 2 February 2015
Building our marae 2
|Upoko Wilfred Te Koeti signs the agreement, witnessed by Susan Wallace, as the minister waits along with whanau and the Jacobs River School, in uniform. November 27, 2003.|
|Wilfred Te Koeti, Paul Madgwick, Susan Wallace, Ron Hazeldine (DOC, Hokitika) and Mere Wallace.|
Building our marae
|Waiting on site to welcome then Minister of Conservation Chris Carter, November 27, 2003, for the formal exchange of land titles to make way for the marae development.|
|Chairman Paul Madgwick signs the agreement with Upoko Wilfred Te Koeti.|
The old schoolyard
|Wilsons, Cadigans and Rochfords, plus the local Pakeha families of Watson, Scott and Condon. This was about 1948, in between waves of Wilsons, Mahuikas and Bannisters. Photos courtesy Tui Cadigan.|
|Backyard cricket, next door! No sexism here as the girls play the boys as the teacher watches. Doreen Wilson crouching down, Eileen Cadigan, Margaret Cadigan, Thomas? Rochford.|
Friday, 30 January 2015
I took this photo in the late 1980s, luckily capturing three generations of Wilsons who were brought up at Hunts Beach - and stayed - Uncle Bob, Paul and his son Robert. Uncle Bob died in 1991, Paul still lives on the old stomping ground at Hunts Beach, and Rob is now a farmer (and soon to be a father again) up the road at Hari Hari.
They are standing outside the front of the original Wilson homestead, built facing the Manakaiaua River in the very early 1900s by Ernest and Tui (nee Katau Te Naihi) Wilson just after their marriage. All of the timber was pit sawn on site - with Tui and Ernie on either end of the saw - and included a lot of heart totara.
This is the house where the Wilson whanau were all born and grew up. Ernie died in the 1930s, leaving Tui to finish raising the younger of the brood by herself, and when she died about 1952 the homestead later became home to her youngest, Sam Wilson, and his wife Ethel and their two children, John and Dawn. In its last years the house fell into disrepair and about eight years ago Paul Wilson pulled it down before it fell down!