Sunday, 25 March 2018

Tiny Tikitere

State Highway 30 here in NZ goes a long way - approx 219 kms that links both the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. The last time we drove through this area was a few weeks ago, our last road trip. One tiny settlement called Tikitere (pronounced ticky-terry) is on the edge of Lake Rotoiti (pronounced Roto-eety). I've tried to find the meaning of this Maori word and I think it means "fast or quick man". We passed this abandoned house, not sure why it was empty as it looked like it had been renovated with the bricks adding a 2nd story level to the original single story.

 Personally cemeteries interest me, not just for the history but in particular Maori cemeteries have the most artistic clever memorials and if there's one thing I've learned is that burial places are known to be Tapu or sacred. I don't have any Maori ancestry at all so I wouldn't have any rights to enter this cemetery, whenever I find one or a Marae I always stay outside the fence/gates as I know you have to be welcomed in during a Powhiri (pronounced po-firry) and I wouldn't want to be disrespectful.

The view opposite and all along the highway is spectacular, Lake Rotoiti is huge and covers 15km with a depth of 94m. But with skies like this and waters so calm who wouldn't want to spend their last days there?


  1. Hi Amy
    Beautiful ride, the lake is spectacular.
    Gorgeous shots.
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  2. The Maori cemetery looks fascinating Amy but I see your point about respecting their privacy, different customs. Wonderful views out over the lake.

  3. I have always enjoyed reading the headstones in the cemeteries I visited, I find them interesting. The lake is very pretty and offers a great view of the surrounding area.

  4. Looks like a nice road trip. I love how green everything is. We have lots of Native American burial sites here where I live. I am not sure always of the traditions so I leave them alone and don't enter to avoid inadvertent disrespect.

  5. Interesting post and great view of Lake Rotoiti.

  6. A nice interesting spot along the way. I could use a calm lake with all the weather I've been having locally.

  7. Such gorgeous photos! Everything is so green and lush. Thank you for the pronunciations. Great names!

  8. What a beautiful part of the world! Bless you for being respectful of the Maori burial grounds. Many people lack respect for others, especially the ancient others.
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  9. It is good to respect others customs. It is very scenic for a final resting place.

  10. I've been very fortunate in being able to admire and stand in contemplation at many Maori graves - for there is so much to marvel at - because so many are part and parcel of church graveyards albeit sometimes in their own section.



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