Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Doing anything Thursday?

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  • Mrs Skin,

    Different "O", Mrs Skin.

    Damn. Oh well, it's all the South Island from here.*

    *Disclaimer: I'm from Nelson which sort of doesn't count as either North or South Island since it's so isolated in its own head.

    the warmest room in the h… • Since Feb 2009 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Kia ora Mrs Skin - I know Oamaru *very* well - and some of the McGillycuddy party founders - but I'm the other side of the hill...

    Nelson/Marlborough is an interesting area, tribally speaking: my tribe passed through there, went back & fought there, but only claimed manawhenua further south.

    But artistically speaking, foodie & winebibery speaking - it's pretty central/essential eh!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Mrs Skin,

    Hullo Islander. I thought you'd posted something on Oamaru a while ago and from that I'd gotten the idea you'd moved there - but I may well be imagining the whole thing.

    I'm curious to know when your lot were around & who they were fighting - and why! Something that really stands out for me is how very very pakeha the place is and how little of the local history was available when I was growing up.

    I suspect the wine etc. is one of the main reasons Nelson is so inward-looking. One doesn't need to look far for amusement when one is constantly 'happy'.

    the warmest room in the h… • Since Feb 2009 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Kia ora ano Mrs Skin- roughly between 1760s and 1830s for the fighting bits (hey! we nearly got Rauparaha!) and we were fighting Rakitane, Tumaatakokiri, and the later upstarts Kati Toa & Kati Tama-

    the place (Nelson et al) is *totally* undersettled by Polynesians (archaeological dates going back to the 13th century) and I'm very sure, if you want, reading the Mitchell's 2 vol. history will give you another perspective...I offer the Mitchell's books because they aint Kai Tahu-

    dunno when you were growing up, but when I was picking tobacco in Motueka & Upper Moutere, and raspberries in Nelson in the late 1960s ,there was surely a very large Maori/Polynesian population around-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Mrs Skin,

    Excellent, thanks Islander. I've been looking for some new reading material and this looks ideal.

    I grew up in the 1970s and '80s. Didn't spend much time over in Motueka but I don't recall ever having more than one Maori kid in my class at school and not even every year. When my older brother came to live with us in 1988-ish I particularly noticed how his would often be the only brown face on the street.

    I moved to Wellington when I was 15 and I couldn't believe how many different faces and skins there were, and how they were absolutely everywhere. It was almost as if I'd moved to another country, and marvellously exciting. And completely different than Nelson.

    the warmest room in the h… • Since Feb 2009 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • dyan campbell,

    Well I certainly wish I could have attended... it sounds like fun, what with the conversation, hot buttered dwarfs (nod to Flying Nun band), Jackie's acts of vandalism on the toilet doors and...

    And to think I never even got that pony Russell promised everyone. Jeez.

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    And to think I never even got that pony Russell promised everyone. Jeez.

    Check the mailbox. Mine's coming by Fedex... At least, that's what Russell told me, and he's very reliable.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

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