THE HISTORY BEHIND THE HILL
It was a thrill to see the wee mountain that forms our eastern view, feature in your editorial last month (editor: where I found a particularly beautiful local road). For much of the year the sun rises behind the mountain and is filtered by the poplar trees next door. Gorgeous.
The mountain is named Whatarua (place of food storage pits) and at one time there was quite a large village at its base. The locals call it Porcupine Hill as some years ago a line of acacia trees ran over the ridge giving the appearance of a porcupine with its quills raised.
Monument Rd is named for the cenotaph at its junction with SH2, opposite the Red Fox, always a good place to stop.
Go to www.mangatangi.org.nz for more on the history of the area.