Day 48. Math Error. December 20, 2015.
Palmerston North km 1477 to Burtons Track km 1512
Alex, Brett and I walked into town for resupply. We checked out the town square but it was dead on Sunday morning.
Brett and I walked out together.
Unclear signage around Massey University had us going up and down and around in circles…. wasted time for nothing. Typical TA frustration.
There were some nice views today.
Logging has Burtton’s Track closed except on weekends. So we rushed the last few days to get here on Sunday. Somehow we miscalculated by 10km. We needed to walk 43 km not 33 to get completely thru the closure. I realized that soon after we started at 11am but could only hurry so much. We met Anthony and Fiona at the entrance to the forest. I would have liked to talk to them more but it was already 5.
Once I saw the track I knew we wouldn’t get thru tonight. But there wasnt any logging activity past the gate above so it didnt really matter. We walked til 8pm and stopped at a historic site of Burtton’s Whare. What is a Whare?
The day started out sunny without a cloud in the sky. By the afternoon it was alternating between mist and rain.
noun wha·re \ˈ(h)wärā, ˈfä-\
Definition of whare
Popularity: Bottom 20% of words
: a Maori hut or house
New Zealand : a temporary or roughly built hut in the bush
Wharenui is a meeting house.
Tānenuiarangi, the wharenui at Waipapa marae, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
A wharenui (literally “big house”) is a communal house of the Māori people of New Zealand, generally situated as the focal point of a marae. Wharenui are usually called meeting houses in New Zealand English, or simply called whare (a more generic term simply referring to a house or building).
Also called a whare rūnanga (“meeting house”) or whare whakairo (literally “carved house”), the present style of wharenui originated in the early to middle nineteenth century. The houses are often carved inside and out with stylized images of the iwi’s (or tribe’s) ancestors, with the style used for the carvings varying from tribe to tribe. Modern meeting houses are built to regular building standards. Photographs of recent ancestors may be used as well as carvings. The houses always have names, sometimes the name of a famous ancestor or sometimes a figure from Māori mythology. Some meeting houses are built where many Māori are present, even though it is not the location of a tribe; typically, a school or tertiary institution with many Māori students. While a meeting house is considered sacred, it is not a church or house of worship, but religious rituals may take place in front of or inside a meeting house. On most marae, no food may be taken into the meeting house.
Thank you. Now I know. Too bad this Whare wasn’t still standing.
So, that whare was no whare.. or it was nowhere. 😎
Ha, ha. Well it definitely wasn’t where I was.