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Local Maori Women Feature in Auckland Museum Project

The large group of Maori and Pacifica women weavers pictured are from across New Zealand and were invited to be a part of the Te Aho Mutunga Kore project led by Auckland Museum.  They are a group of women studying weaving and cultural taonga from their own heritage and expressing their own artistic gifts.  This makes a difference to their lives and to our community. This wonderful good news story of Maori and Pacifica women may not have come about except for some quite wonderful ‘coincidences’. The Informer asked Deborah Phillips, Kaiako and leader of a local Whitianga weavers group, Te Roopu...

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Buffalo treasure on Buffalo Beach?

This Christmas New year the adult children were all gathered for their family holiday. Recently, metal detecting has become an enthusiasm for her two boys, Jared and Trent. One day the machines went mad – treasure they thought! A surface scan revealed nothing. After some digging and still finding nothing, Jared and Trent thought it must be the iron content of the sand further down. But being  treasure hunters at heart, they kept on digging and lo and behold; they found a huge very old piece of iron. The shells set like concrete in the metal say it has been in the ocean a very long...

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Peninsula Past

John Clive Pearson A Contribution from Meghan Hawkes No one knew who the man was or how he had got there.He had gold filled teeth and new woollen socks, this powerfully built man of over six feet. But these were no use to him when he was found in the water on the beach close to the granite quarries at Paritu Bay, Cape Colville. A quarryman, Lawrence Cleary, had noticed a body on February 21, 1925, floating off shore. The quarry manager gave directions to retrieve it and then proceeded to the nearest telephone, about nine miles away, to inform Constable...

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“Why is the crop so much heavier at this end?”

By Malcolm Campbell The deluge from the Taupo Eruption 1800 years ago brought long term benefits demonstrating how nature can be cruel and kind at the same time. The amount of silica and other minerals brought the long-term benefits, but the devastation at the time must have been shattering. At times pieces of trunks 150 to 200mm were unearthed and thought to be old mature Kanuka. There was not lots of it, but when unearthed, it was saturated and when dried made fine firewood. However, the fallout deposit became a game changer.   In the early stages of development of the...

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