Paekākāriki poet, Helen Heath, just won big time at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her poetry collection, Are Friends Electric? Here she chats to two other local poets, Maria McMillan and daughter Lily McMillan. Helen Heath, 2019. Image: Mark Coote MM: So, Helen, congratulations. … [Read more...] about O, poetry! O, Helen Heath!
Suzie Richardson Suzie’s parents first settled here when they were balloted for one of five houses built in Paekākāriki for returned servicemen after the Second World War. Suzie left New Zealand just after her parents moved into it and married in Australia. Her husband Ted was a marine … [Read more...] about Meet the locals #3
Michael O'Leary, by Harriet Bright Michael is a poet, publisher and bookseller at Kākāriki Books on the train platform, who has lived in Paekākāriki for more than twenty years. He came up from Dunedin and was living in ‘a pretty horrible’ old house in Wellington when his friend Moana saw a place … [Read more...] about Meet the Locals #2
Carol Reihana, her brother Karl Farrell and whānau hold the Ahi Kaa of Ngāti Haumia Ki Paekākāriki. She has iwi affiliations with Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Raukawa, Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāi Tahu and represents Ngāti Haumia on Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti a partnership between tāngata whenua and the … [Read more...] about Meet the locals #1
John Hayes Perkins 7 September 1935 ― 21 January 2018 First delivered Memorial Hall, Paekākāriki, January 2018 John and Betty Perkins were the first friends I made when I arrived in Paekākāriki in 1971. And, like many people here, I soon came to realise that no two people could be doing … [Read more...] about Perky’s eulogy