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Kia ora,

Hi, hello, talofa, bula, assalamo alikom, bon jour, hola etc .... and welcome to the communities information site for Kawakawa.

Kawakawa is at the top of New Zealand's North Island on the east coast and gateway to the Beautiful Bay of Islands the Birthplace of a nation ..... New Zealand.

We are 54km north of Whangarei. The residential area is nestled in the hills that overlooks the central business area and the Port and Waiomio valleys.

Kawakawa in Winter

by Clendon Prime

Through the silent fog
The milky tea swirls
of Kawakawa river
Slide gentle through
the ghostly arches of
the Three Bridges
Stepping-stones to Moerewa

Daughter of Otîria and Waiomio tributaries
She tugs at the hem of Whangae hills
On her way to the mighty Pacific
Throwing up her foggy breath
To the dew-heavy willows
At Taumarere

Along the mangrove highway
to Opua inlet and beyond
Silver-bellied tuna
point their compass north
To the ink black womb
of distant Marian Trench
Where Tangaroa presses
Papatuanuku into the
Groin of Hinenuitepo

Spears from a mist blurred sun
Diverge through the kaleidoscope
lens of the swamp cloud
And on the hoof-terraced slopes
Above Tirohanga
the town's reservoir looms
throwing its shadow across
the backs of Cookson's cows
Placidly working their cud

Rumbling and grinding its way
Past the Star hotel
A green and black locomotive
Rescued from a death by rust
Bisects the town's curved spine
Exhaling with a smoker's wheeze
As the milkman delivers his crates
to Four Square supermarket.

On white moulded chairs
Outside the Bakery
Two Kuia on their weekly reprieve
from cold Kaumatua flats
Soak up the anaemic rays
Cackling like two seagulls
over doughnuts and a cuppa

And between the rammed earth
walls of Te Hononga
Hunterwasser’s wairua walks.
Kaikorero for the whenua
Kaitiaki of the ngahere
Who tried in vain
to show men
What they had yet to,
But could not, would not, learn

Kawakawa, beating heart
Of Ngatihine and Ngatipakeha alike
Who laid down their
Taiaha and muskets
In the trenches at Ruapekapeka
For a coal shovel and a plough
Where their children
And all mankind stand in awe
Of the new common enemy
Climate change.





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