Sunday, 25 March 2018
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?