Te Kiri hall memorial

Outside of the hall at Te Kiri is a piece of art depicting the work of the pioneers in the area that we have passed many times. A few weeks ago, we stopped to capture its beauty. I can find nothing about it on the internet. Enjoy.


Side (away from the road)


sawing trees

steam tractor engine

breaking rocks

There's not much information about the town of Te Kiri itself

This short article on the Waimate Plain says a lot. 

The Waimate plain, north-west of Hāwera on the southern ring plain, was once one of New Zealand’s most densely populated rural areas. There were small communities, often centred on a dairy factory or school, at nearly every intersection of the grid of roads in the area. However, Mākākā, Te Kiri, Awatuna, Riverlea, Auroa, Mangawhero, Mātapu, Ōtākeho, Ōeo and Mangatoki all but disappeared in the later 20th century. The district’s population fell sharply during this period – the population of Waimate West County dropped from 2,788 in 1951 to 1,944 in 1981. The closure of many schools in 2004 and 2005 was the final blow for many townships.


A bar of Bochox

 Hubby got this 'medicine' for me when he was picking up some refills at the chemist/pharmacy.

I love that it is 'not to be taken seriously'!!


In memory of George

 In 2007, a 9-year-old Jack Russell Terrier called George died after protecting 5 local children from an attack by two pit bulls. He was given a posthumous PDSA Gold Medal, the animal equivalent of the George Cross, at a special ceremony in Manaia in February 2009. The town has also erected a statue in his honour.       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manaia,_Taranaki


Patea Dam parking lot

Hubby has taken me to see so many places since I arrived here almost 18 years ago! It was a bit overwhelming at first and I asked sooooo many questions! After a while, I stopped asking so many and figured I will find the answers eventually.

The parking lot at Patea Dam was one of them: how in the world did seashells get to this dam, considering that it's about an hour's drive from the actual sea shore.

As curious and striking as it is, the answer is quite simple. A while back, Hubby was talking to someone who was a part of the project that built the dam. He was told that the concrete that was not up to standards was dumped out to become the parking lot. 

Another answer!