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NZ Lifestyle Block - - Have Yor Say - Betsy Smith, Hamil­ton (abridged) Vera An­drew, Thames Ann Ep­ston, Auck­land

lots of pota­toes, corn, pump­kins etc.

We ate eels from the creek, wild goat and rab­bits, we had wa­ter­cress and NZ taro that my fa­ther planted in streams. We ate taraire berries, to­tara berries – which were very sweet – sweet tanekaha berries, wild fuch­sia berries and tea tree berries which were very as­trin­gent-tast­ing. These were our choice, not dished up to us.

Mum would also cook nikau palms as a vege, the very in­side part, with a white sauce, and also raw with vine­gar.

We picked wild black­ber­ries by the kerosene tin-full for jam and pies.

I have had a very good life health-wise, so it didn’t do me any harm.

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