The ‘Food Basket of Rakaihautu’ from Horomaka, photographs by Mark Adams, 1991
Banks Peninsula is also known as Te Pataka o Te Rakaihautu, the food basket of the legendary ancestor Raikaihautu. The Peninsula has provided a rich and varied source of food for its residents. Prior to the destruction of much of the regions forests there was an abundance of bird life. Kai moana (sea food) and eels are also an important food source. Adam’s view is taken from above Kaituna Valley, near Little River with the stark tree stumps providing a haunting reminder of the totara forest that was burnt off to make way for pasture.
The original sheet music for “God Defend New Zealand”
“God Defend New Zealand” is one of two national anthems of New Zealand, the other being “God Save the Queen”. Legally they have equal status, but “God Defend New Zealand” is more commonly used, and is popularly referred to as “the national anthem”.
Originally written as a poem, it was set to music as part of a competition in 1876. Over the years its popularity increased, eventually being named the second national anthem in 1977.
The anthem has English and Māori lyrics, with slightly different meanings. When performed in public, the usual practice is to sing both the Māori and English first verses.