te kiri

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.


Anne said...

Wow! So Impressive!

kiwikid said...

What a wonderfulmthung, someone's beautiful artwork .

local alien said...

That's fantastic. How did they do such wonderful art on that stone.

kiwimeskreations said...

A wonderful piece of local art and history - thank you for sharing :)
Stay safe

Rose said...

That is wonderful and amazing...

aspiritofsimplicity said...

How odd to see communities disappear like that. Perhaps there was some type of work that was not available for one reason or another and that made people leave.

Mikael Bergman said...

Very beautiful

Karin Lissi said...

Was für schöne Aufnahmen sind dir gelungen, ein
schönes Erlebenis, liebe Grüße, Karin Lissi

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

What an interesting rock with beautifully drawn art.

Klärchen Marie said...

Schöne Bilder sehe ich hier bei Dir, freue mich. Eine Kuh wird gemolken, das erinnert mich an meinen Großvater und das Wohnen auf dem Lande.
Liebe Grüsse und danke für Deinen Besuch, Klärchen