THE HISTORY BE­HIND THE HILL

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Your Letters - Mur­ray Reid, Man­gatangi

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.

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