An old name

Wanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

colum­nist that the word “its” only has an apos­tro­phe when short for “it is” or “it has” and never at any other time, eg, Look at the dog. It’s (it is) chasing its (pos­ses­sive pro­noun, no apos­tro­phe) tail. It’s (it has) been do­ing that all day. DICK WARD

Aramoho The Wan­ganui District Coun­cil is plan­ning to re­name re­serve Puke­namu/Queen’s Park.

It is said that Puke­namu was a pa¯ in the 1830s and was the site of the last tribal wars in Wan­ganui.

His­tor­i­cally, what was a for­ti­fied pa¯ in the 1830s would have been a well-es­tab­lished vil­lage many cen­turies be­fore that. It’s so well placed on the river trail to the hin­ter­land and the voy­ag­ing trails of the sea. Puke­namu is a very old name.

In New Zealand and its in­hab­i­tants, the na­tives be­lieved in the ex­is­tence of other be­ings who lived in com­mu­ni­ties, built pa¯ and were oc­cu­pied with sim­i­lar pur­suits to those of men. Th­ese were called Patu-paearehe: their chief’s res­i­dences were on the tops of lofty hills and they were said to have been the spir­i­tual oc­cu­pants of the coun­try prior to the ar­rival of the Ma¯ ori. So Puke­namu pa¯ was built by the Patu-paearehe peo­ple, who were fairskinned.

IAN BROUGHAM

Wan­ganui

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