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Kōkōwai (red ochre), obtained from clays rich in iron and aluminium silicates, was highly prized by Māori; depending on chemical composition, reds, oranges, yellows and browns were produced. Onekaka...Read more about "Kokowai"...
The Taranaki Refugees
The Taranaki War of 1860 had a lasting legacy for both Maori and Pakeha communities in Taranaki and Te Tau Ihu. The impact of the war on Taranaki Maori[te-tau-ihu-maori-and-the-taranaki-wars/]...Read more about "The Taranaki Refugees"...
Fruit for the picking
There is a little known secret in the Top of the South - Free Food for the picking. Yes, fruit trees are now being grown in public places,...Read more about "Fruit for the picking"...
The first Taranaki War and Te Tau Ihu
The First Taranaki War (1860-1861) was an event of great significance in New Zealand history. The event took place in Taranaki, hence its name, yet its effects were...Read more about "The first Taranaki War and Te Tau Ihu"...
Lands and Survey Department in Blenheim
I joined the Public Service in 1953, becoming a clerk in the Lands & Survey Department. The offices were on the upper floor of the old Post Office...Read more about "Lands and Survey Department in Blenheim"...
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