An old name
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.