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Waiotahi – roadtrip with a half-caste

I’m almost in Waiotahi, my jandals are off and I’m driving bare feet.  The smell of the ocean is swirling through my car.  This is how I like it.  Waiotahi is where part of me comes from, I’m a half-caste! Half Maori / Half European. I’m here for a family reunion on my Maori side, my Great Grandparents Mariana & Te Waihirere.   Our Kaumatua (Maori elders), including my mum, tell us stories in Te Reo (Maori Language) as we visit the pa and the house my mum grew up in. My ancestors roamed this land, they had food, water and each other.  Some lived on a pa, like this one I stand on.   A pa was not always a village though, they were often used to spot the enemy and defend their land.  Warriors! When they didn’t have to fight for their land, I’d like to think they had time to chill out and look at the view.  I’m also pleased to say that most pa sites in NZ are protected so no one can build a house on them. …