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June 27, 2018

Wellington Harbour, As Stunning As Ever…

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It’s the end of December 2017 and Family Kiwidutch have spent a wonderful Christmas with friends. Now we catch the Interisland ferry in Wellington to head back to the South Island. Wellington harbour on a beautiful summer’s day is as stunning as ever.

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June 25, 2018

The Cultural And Historical Background…

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Following yesterday’s post Family Kiwidutch were travelling back to the South Island on the Cook Straight ferry “Aratere”.

On board I see an updated map and information board detailing the route we are taking. In yesterday’s post I looked at as many of the geographical, and points about nature as I could.

In this post I take a look at the cultural and historical information we have been given.

On some parts of the map I see little icons of caldrons: these denote the location of former whaling stations.

The photographs are similar to those of yesterday, attempting to zoom in on various parts of the board so that I could show as much detail as possible.

Some of this information was the same or similar to stuff I have read in the past, but a lot is new to me so it’s nice to be surprised this way. “Kupe and pre-European Maori : Maori oral tradition relates how the great navigator Kupe chased an octopus all the way from Hawaiki to new Zealand. After a great struggle the octopus was finally killed in Whekenui Bay, on Arapawa island near the entrance to Tory Channel. Some local place names are associated with this event.

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 Taonui-o-kupe (Cape Jackson) refers to Kupe’s long spear, Arapaoa (Arapawa Island) is said to be the scything downward arc described by his weapon, and Kura-a-e-te-au (Tory Channel) refers to the schools of red krill that represent the wheke’s blood. Little is known of early Maori crossings.

the South Island was inhabited early by Waitaha but migration patterns appear to have been all in a north to south direction. By the late 15th century the north Island tribes of Ngati Mamoe, Ngai Tara and Rangitane had all established a peaceful presence in and round the Marlborough Sounds.

Around 1650 they were followed by the more warlike Ngai Tahu, who were eventually to take control of virtually the entire South Island. The initial Ngai Tahu focus in the South Island was Kaihinu, a fortified pa (village) established on Moioio Island in Tory Channel.”

‘Te Rauparaha. – Te Rauparaha was a Ngati Toa fighting chief who led his tribe on its migration south from the Kawhia region. By the mid 1820’s he had established a stronghold on Kapiti Island and Ngati Toa had asserted its dominance over the other iwi (tribes) on the west coast of the lower North Island.

In 1882 Te Rauparaha turned his sights south and initiated a series of incursions to Rangitoto (D’Urville Island and northern Marlborough. And by 1833, Ngati toa effectively controlled the top half of the South Island following the sacking of key Ngai Tahu pa (villages) at Kaikoura, Kaiapoi (near Christchurch) and Onawe (Banks Peninsula).

Although Ngai Tahu subsequently recovered most of this territory, much of the Marlborough Sounds was virtually depopulated as a result of the wholesale slaughter and cannibal feasting that accompanied Te Rauparaha raids. In June 1843 Te Rauparaha was again a key player in the “Wairau Affray”, an unfortunate confrontation between Ngati Toa and a party of European settlers, under a magistrate and captain Arthur Wakefield.

The magistrate intended to arrest Te Rauparaha and his lieutenant Te Rauparaha on charges of arson, in relationship to their attempts to stop the New Zealand Company surveying disputed land. In the event 22 European and 4 (it is thought Maori) lives were lost, the European total including a number taken prisoner and subsequently dispatched by tomahawk.”

‘Captain James Cook: The first European visitor to the Cook Straight area was Abel Tasman in December 1642. However Tasman neither landed nor confirmed the existence of a sea passage east of the Pacific Ocean. Captain James Cook first arrived in Cook Straight during his circumnavigation of the North Island on his first voyage in the “Endeavour”. He entered Queen Charlotte Sound and landed at Ship Cove on 16th January 1770.

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The Endeavour was careened and Cook claimed the Sound together with adjacent territories in the name of King George III, before departing to continue his circumnavigation of New Zealand on 6th February 1770.

Captain cook spent a total of 100 days at Ship Cover, visiting on five separate occasions over the course of three voyages.

On the second voyage (1773/74) he commanded the ship “Resolution”, accompanied by the “Adventure” under Captain Furneaux. On the third and final voyage (1777),

Cook again sailed the “Resolution”, this time accompanied by the “Discovery”. In December 1773, a party of 10 sailors of the “Adventure” were sent to Grass Cover (Wharehunga Bay) on Apapawa Island to collect scurvy grass. All ten were ambushed, killed and eaten by local Maori.”“Matiu (Somes) Island, Wellington Harbour. In addition to having a rich Maori heritage, Matiu or Somes Island has been at various times a human quarantine station (including a one-man leper colony), an animal quarantine station, an interment camp for enemy aliens during both world wars, a degaussing station for demagnetising ships during WW2, and home to a heavy anti-aircraft artillery battery. The Island is now run by DOC (Department of Conservation) as a scientific and historic reserve.’

“Seals and Birds”. New Zealand fur seas are common throughout the Cook Straight area, with haul out areas at Kapiti island, Mana Island, Pipinui Point Ohau Point to Cape Terawhiti, Tngue point and Sinclair Head/Red rocks. Subantartic fur seals, leopard seals, southern elephant seals are occasional visitors. A wide variety of pelagic and costal sea birds may accompany the ferry. in addition to the ubiquitous black-backed and red-billed gulls, albatross, petrel, shearwaters, terns, gannets, prion and skua may be encountered. Blue penguins and king shags are more commonly seen in the sheltered water of the Marlborough Sounds.”

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June 21, 2018

Another Trip, This Time Southwards And Home…

The time has come to leave Wainuiomata behind us. I have had a rest, Himself took our hosts and their extended family members on what turned out to be a six hour car ride to see the hill with the longest place name in the world. The name is: ‘Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu” and I have a link to that post from our last visit below. It was a tiring day for our friend with cancer but he hadn’t actually felt up to any substantial outing for months and months so he was equally excited about enjoying a day out and tired upon their return. Little Mr and I decided to stay home and have a “chill” day, I needed a rest after several busy days and walking in the Petone Settlers museum the day before. I also knew we needed to leave shortly for the trip back to Christchurch and I would have my fill of car journeys. Now we say some misty eyed goodbyes and head back over the hill towards Wellington for the last time this trip. At least the rain has passed by and it’s a glorious day.

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June 20, 2018

Bridging The Christmas Lights…

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One thing I like to see is technology being used for decorative uses. Spotted during our Christmas 2017 trip to New Zealand when we went north to visit friends in Wainuiomata, travelling back from the center of Wellington. This area in Petone where you branch off the motorway leading to the Hutt valley, these bridge lights have a central panel in them that can be turned into red, blue and green Christmas lights. It certainly brightened up the night.

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June 19, 2018

A Hidden Trail…

Another familiar sight directly before entering Wainuiomata is a footbridge over the main road. This is located near the brow of the hill before the road drops down into the valley. Between Christmas and New Year of 2017, after several days of rain, Kiwi Daughter suggested to Himself that they make a long walk from here to get some fresh air and exercise. Close to the foot bridge is an area where you can park, so they parked the car there and took a small trail that runs parallel to the road but is cut off from it by a screen of bushes and trees.  After a decent walk down they looped back to the car and then came home again. It’s a reminder that New Zealand holds a myriad of trails, long and short in even the most built up of places.

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View heading in towards Wainuiomata…

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View from the other direction…

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The parking area…

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View from the top, looking over Petone and the Hutt Valley…

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Zoomed in shot of the hill taken from Wellington… (across the harbour)…

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June 16, 2018

Arty Waves And Windy Views…

There is more to the Petone Settlers Museum but I could of course not cover every item. Himself and I left the building and investigated the waterfront directly outside. I wanted to get some “arty” wave photographs, so this is a photographic post of a lovely (and on this day, very windy) part of Petone and its portion of Wellington Harbour.

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June 15, 2018

Not Quite A Certificate Of Truth…

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I mentioned a few posts ago that the Centennial celebrations that took place in New Zealand in 1940 were heavily balanced in favour of Pākehā (white) settlers who had more or less comfortable lives, land, jobs and social mobility.

Maori on the other hand, had less access to higher education, social, economic, and financial opportunities so the sweeping statements that generalized the ideal that everything was rosy in paradise was far from the truth, Ugly truths were swept under the carpet and a bright smile was exhibited for the outside world.

There is no point in pretending that all was wonderful in New Zealand in the 1940’s but it’s also an ideal that was the product of its time, and I hope that we have come a long, long way from that situation in 2018.

Purely from an artistic point of view I was attracted to this document, a “New Zealand Centennial Exhibition, Certificate of Attendance November 1939.” which was on display at the Petone Settlers Museum when Himself and I visited just after Christmas in 2017.

I like the mixture of western and Māori motifs and the central figure that reminds me a little bit of the female figure from the Colombia Pictures Film company logo.

In 1940 New Zealand was of course still heavily bonded with “Mother England” so the cape-like flags that fall either side of the figure feature even a fraction more of the Union Jack than they do of the New Zealand flag.

The illustration is very much of its time, but it is the inclusion of the Māori and very “New Zealand” motifs around the border and illustrated within the central panel of the certificate that I like the most.

I’m also struck that it’s a very “official” looking document for something seemingly as mundane as an entry ticket, especially when I read the accompanying information: “The jewel in the centennial crown was the New Zealand Centennial Exhibition. Running from 8 November 1939 to 4 May 1940, it sprawled over 55 acres of land in Rongotai, Wellington. 2.5 million visitors came to the event, at a time when New Zealand’s population was only 1.6 million people.

Obviously with 55 acres the physical size of the exhibition meant that it could not be covered completely in one day, so many people probably did half one day and the other half in subsequent days, helping to tot up such massive admission numbers.

With rumblings of war in Europe, the mood of patriotism was probably very high at the time as well as many New Zealand young men prepared to fight for “Queen and Country”. Who knows, many of those young men may well have come to Wellington to join ships sailing for Europe and visited the centennial Exhibition before departure. It’s an interesting piece of art, which if you think deeper about it represented in fact many lies told at the time to both Māori and Pākehā, many of which sacrificed their lives for “Mother England” within a very short time of this Exhibition.

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June 4, 2018

A Ships Bow, On Dry Land…

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One of the most distinguishing features of the Settlers Museum in Petone, outside Wellington is a stone replica of the prow of the ship Aurora (the first of the New Zealand Company settler ships to arrive in Wellington) at the base of the window facing the street. I managed both a close up look when Himself and I visited the museum as well as some “drive by” shots from the road outside. I am a huge fan of this kind of architecture, it’s full of character and charm.

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June 3, 2018

Petone Settlers Museum, Local History…

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There is a building that we regularly pass whenever we go to and from our friend’s home in Wainuiomata outside Wellington New Zealand. It’s a museum that I’m keen to visit but know that the kids won’t be interested, so Himself and I take some time out together to enjoy a visit.

Wikipedia tells me: “Petone Settlers Museum is a local history museum located in the Wellington Provincial Centennial Memorial, a historic building in Petone, Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

Located on the Petone foreshore approximately where local Māori welcomed the first ship carrying organised British settlers to Wellington on 22 January 1840 and was extensively refurbished in 2016.

A national competition was held to find the final design of the building, the winner was Auckland-based architect Horace Lovell Massey (1895-1979), awarded the NZIA gold medal for this design.The memorial combines Stripped Classical and Art Deco motifs. A central Hall of Memories is flanked by two rooms originally designed as male and female changing rooms for the building’s additional original purpose as a bathing pavilion.

Today the museum is a repository of information and objects relating to the history of Māori and Pakeha settlement in the surrounding area, as well as the social, cultural, sporting and industrial history of Petone. While the renovations took place, contractors discovered the original tiled foot baths that swimmers had to walk through to get to changing rooms. The museum reopened on 29 May 2016.” 

The building is the beachfront building on the left on the first photograph.

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May 28, 2018

Both Foreign And Familiar…

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Following on from yesterday’s post, Himself and I are driving back into central Wellington for a dinner appointment with the daughter of one of my oldest friends. I’ve known her literally from the day she was born, and even though we have been continents apart for most of her life, there have been plenty of visits and time spent together over the years. She is a very talented artist and is finishing up her Fine Arts degree in Wellington. On our way to her flat (apartment) we take a look at the center of Wellington city. It’s changed a lot since the first time I visited here as a kid, I feel that with each visit more high-rise buildings have been added. The rain abates for part of the journey and I try to document a city center that is both foreign and familiar.

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