Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Double vision

[As I prepare Ghost South Road for publication, I've been 'filleting' the chapters by inserting accounts of some of the fascinating people I've met on my journey up and down the road. Here's a passage about my encounter with the remarkable Wiremu Puke.]

The last time I had visited East Hamilton my feet had been aching. Paul Janman and I had met Wiremu Puke at a café here, before beginning the third day of our walk up the Great South Road. Puke was a local. He’d arrived before us and settled behind an enormous bowl of latte. 

Paul and I had walked the twenty-six kilometres from Te Awamutu the day before, arriving in the dusk and rendezvousing with Ian Powell in the bar of Hamilton’s casino, where we’d eased off our shoes and drunk whiskey and cokes, and showed Ian photographs of the empty bottles and used condoms and Warriors caps that fly from passing cars and settle on the road’s grassy margin like driftwood on the beach of a desert island. Now we were hungover, with toothaches in our heels. Puke chuckled as we winced into our seats and ordered Diet Cokes.

Wiremu Puke has double vision. When he looks at the towns and villages of the Waikato he sees, behind and beneath and before their pubs and steeples and war memorial parks, the ancient landmarks of the Tainui people. In an essay he wrote to accompany a collection of photographs of the Waikato by David Cook, Puke imagines travelling in space and in time, to the summit of the sacred maunga of Taupiri centuries before Pakeha landed in Aotearoa, and looks down on the prelapsarian rohe of Tainui. He sees fleets of waka bringing kumara and pounamu up and down the river, swamps seething with guardian-taniwha, palisades sharp as dragon’s teeth protecting smoky kainga. 

For Puke, the past is as real, as palpable, as the present. The Waikato was the Nile of Aotearoa, his essay argues, and Tainui must restore the civilisation that the river nourished and demarcated. 

Puke is an expert on Tainui arboriculture, architecture, carving. He campaigns for the replanting of native trees along the river, for the extirpation of willows and poplars. He cuts pou for kohanga reo. He blesses buildings raised by Tainui’s commercial arm, like that boozy casino on Hamilton’s mainstreet. 

Wiremu Puke had worn a Waikato Chiefs jersey to the cafe. He had the lumpy, artificially elongated nose of an unlucky hooker or prop. He introduced himself by talking about his relatives in Yorkshire, his blood links with Whitby, James Cook’s hometown. ‘I was there a few months ago’ he said. ‘I carved for them. I’ve got connections to both civilisations.’

Paul had begun to talk about our walk, about our obsession with the Great South Road. ‘We want to do what Lord of the Rings did, but in reverse’ he said. ‘We want to document the real history of this place, not plant a fantasy from abroad.’ 

Puke had laughed. ‘Some of my rellies, they look a lot like the creatures in Lord of the Rings. Some of my cousins, you look at them, you think: ogres, trolls.’ 

But then he had grown sombre, and talked about his double vision. ‘The East Hamilton shops, the café where we sit right now, right under our feet – there are caves, and people are buried in those caves. The bones are still there, even though the entrances are buried. It’s the same all over Hamilton. The past is tarsealed over. They think they can forget it.’

Puke’s father was a Maori All Black, and one of the team of negotiators that got Tainui a Treaty settlement in 1994. The son saw his work as a continuation, a consolidation, of what the father had won. ‘It is a slow struggle’ he had told us. ‘One tree at a time. One mind at a time.’

[Posted by Scott Hamilton]


Blogger Gerald A. McDade said...

A great deal of administrations offer less costing paper works however are not one of a kind and might get you in a bad position. Edit your thesis as much as you can.Buy Dissertation

8:15 pm  
Blogger bpk bambang purwanto said...

Alhamdulillah kami sekeluarga ucapkan banyak terima kasih kepada KI RONGGO LAWE atas bantuan KI RONGGO LAWE kami sudah bisa membayar semua hutang hutang kami yang menumpuk setinggi gunung kami juga sudah bisah buka usaha KI RONGGO LAWE, dulunya si saya ragu ragu dan kurang percaya yang namanya pesugihan uang gaib tapi mencoba dan alhamdulillah ternyata KI RONGGO LAWE benar - benar bisa menbantu saya dengan pesugihan uang gaib sekali lagi terima kasih KI RONGGO LAWE salam sukkses selalu.
kalau mau seperti saya hubungi KI RONGGO LAWE Tlp/WhatsApp : 0853-1403-1099, atau KLIK DISINI

KI RONGGO LAWE Tlp/WhatsApp : 0853-1403-1099, atau KLIK DISINI


5:31 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Good post Scott!

Sounds like a character. People forget that we are always in history.

I wouldn't rip up all the European trees though. For example, for me there is a mystery about pine trees, and cypresses. And in many cases I prefer European trees or at least the mix of both native and other.

But I understand his passion.

12:06 am  
Blogger sri harsha kumar said...

School Wise Navodaya Results 2018
Navodaya Entrance Test Results 2018
Navoday Results 2018
JNVST Results 2018

2:47 am  
Blogger sri harsha kumar said...

JNVST 2018 Admission Form
JNVST Exam Pattern| Syllabus 2018
JNVST Model Papers 2018
JNVST Result 2017

2:48 am  
Blogger sri harsha kumar said...

JNV Class 6 Admission Certificate
Navodaya Vidyalaya Lateral Entry Test 2018
JNVST Answer Key 2018
JNVST Cut off Marks 2018
JNVST Admit Card 2018

2:49 am  
Blogger IBU SALMAH said...

kami sekeluarga tak lupa mengucapkan puji syukur kepada ALLAH S,W,T
dan terima kasih banyak kepada AKI atas bangtuan nomor togel.nya yang AKI
berikan 4 angka ((( 1 3 0 6 ))) alhamdulillah ternyata itu benar2 tembus AKI.
dan alhamdulillah sekarang saya bisa melunasi semua utan2 saya yang
ada sama tetangga.dan juga BANK BRI dan bukan hanya itu AKI. insya
allah saya akan coba untuk membuka usaha sendiri demi mencukupi
kebutuhan keluarga saya sehari-hari itu semua berkat bantuan AKI..
sekali lagi makasih banyak ya AKI bagi saudara yang suka main togel
yang ingin merubah nasib seperti saya silahkan hubungi AKI SOLEH,,DI NO Cll (((082-313-336-747)))
insya allah anda bisa seperti Saya menang togel 179
juta, wassalam.
dijamin 100% jebol saya sudah buktikan...sendiri....
Apakah anda termasuk dalam kategori di bawah ini !!!!

1"Dikejar-kejar hutang
2"Selaluh kalah dalam bermain togel
3"Barang berharga anda udah habis terjual Buat judi togel
4"Anda udah kemana-mana tapi tidak menghasilkan solusi yg tepat
5"Udah banyak Dukun togel yang kamu tempati minta angka jitunya
tapi tidak ada satupun yang berhasil..

Solusi yang tepat jangan anda putus asah....AKI SOLEH akan membantu
anda semua dengan Angka ritwal/GHOIB:
butuh angka togel 2D 3D 4D SGP / HKG / MALAYSIA / TOTO MAGNUM / dijamin
100% jebol
Apabila ada waktu
silahkan Hub: AKI SOLEH DI NO: Cll (((082-313-336-747)))
angka GHOIB: singapur 2D/3D/4D/
angka GHOIB: hongkong 2D/3D/4D/
angka GHOIB; malaysia
angka GHOIB; toto magnum 4D/5D/6D/
angka GHOIB; laos

3:59 pm  
Anonymous Ryan Bodman said...

Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing this, Scott. Can't wait for the book!

6:35 pm  
Blogger Alice Taylor said...

Posts shared useful information and meaningful life, I'm glad to be reading this article and hope to soon learn the next article. thank you

9:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wiremu Puke you did not recognise the troll under your nose - the internet troll. He has got you now. Your name will be linked to him forever. See how he sucks your ideas and makes them his own. This is a Pakeha sucking off the Maori. Stop him using you in his book- he treats you like a fish - filleting is the word he uses. Cutting you into pieces and taking the bits that he wants. Watch you back bro with this man!

10:44 am  
Blogger Osman Ibrahim said...

Dear Sir/Madam, Do you need a personal or business loan without stress and quick approval? If yes, contact us today as we are currently offering loans at 3% superb interest rate per year. Our loan is secured and safe, our customers happiness is our strength. For more Information and Application, kindly contact us via E-mail:

Full Name:
Amount Needed:
Country: Cell No:
Email us Via

Cell No +919205467093
Mr. Osman Ibrahim

7:41 am  
Blogger Osman Ibrahim said...

Do you need an urgent loan we offer worldwide loan to who in need of loan the business opportunity you having being looking for is here again. email us now at:
1) Full Name:
2) Gender:
3) Loan Amount Needed:.
4) Loan Duration:
5) Country:
6) Home Address:
7) Mobile Number:
8)Monthly Income:
)Which did you here about us.

3:46 pm  
Anonymous Packers And Movers Hyderabad said...

Excellent Post...I must thank you for this informative news....
This is my first time go to see at here and i am really pleassant to read
all at one place
Packers And Movers Hyderabad

1:21 am  
Anonymous Packers And Movers Hyderabad said...

Packers And Movers Hitech City Hyderabad
Packers And Movers Lingampally Hyderabad
Packers And Movers Kukatpally Hyderabad
Packers And Movers Turkayamjal Hyderabad
Packers And Movers Toroor Hyderabad
Packers And Movers Tellapur Hyderabad

1:22 am  
Blogger housing finance said...

Good day

Do you need an urgent loan to solve your financial problem, we offer ranging from $ 5,000.00 to $ 10,000,000.00 loan Max, we are reliable, efficient, fast and dynamic, with 100% Guaranteed We also gives u credit to the (euro, pounds and dollars.) The interest rate applicable to all payday loans (2%), if you are interested get back to us via with the information below:
Contact us on whatspp +447513195409
Mr Osman Ibrahim

3:16 pm  
Blogger Humaun Kabir said...

Thank you for your post. This is excellent information. It is amazing and wonderful to visit your site.

Flat Earth Map

5:29 pm  

Assalamualaikum wr.wb mohon maaf kepada teman teman jika postingan saya mengganggu anda namun apa yang saya tulis ini adalah kisah nyata dari saya dan kini saya sangat berterimah kasih banyak kepada Mbah Rawa Gumpala atas bantuan pesugihan putihnya tampa tumbal yang sebesar 15m kini kehidupa saya bersama keluarga sudah sangat jauh lebih baik dari sebelumnya,,saya sekaran bisa menjalanka usaha saya lagi seperti dahulu dan mudah mudahan usaha saya ini bisa sukses kembali dan bermanfaat juga bagi orang lain,,ini semua berkat bantuan Mbah Rawa Gumpala dan ucapa beliau tidak bisa diragukan lagi,bagi teman teman yang ingin dibantuh seperti saya dengan pesugihan putih bisa anda hubungi di no 085 316 106 111 jangan anda ragu untuk menghubuni beliau karna saya sud ah membuktikannya sendiri,karna Mbah tidak sama seperti dukun yang lain yang menghabiskan uang saja dan tidak ada bukti sedankan kalau beliau semuanya terbukti nyata dan sangat dipercay,,ini unkapan kisah nyata dari saya pak Rudi di semarang.Untuk lebih lenkapnya silahkan buka blok Mbah di 🐣PESUGIHAN PUTIH TANPA TUMBAL🐣

7:02 pm  
Blogger IBU WINDA DI GARUT said...

ASS.WR.WT.SAYA IBU WINDA TKW SINGAPURA sangat berterima kasih kepada AKI SOLEH, berkat bantuan angka jitu yang di berikan AKI SOLEH, saya bisah menang togel 4D yaitu ((( 9169 ))) dan alhamdulillah saya menang 150 lembar.sekarang saya sudah bisah melunasi hutang-hutang saya dan menyekolahkan anak-anak saya. sekarang saya sudah bisah hidup tenang berkat bantuan AKI SOLEH. bagi anda yang termasuk dalam kategori di bawah ini;

1.di lilit hutang
2.selalu kalah dalam bermain togel
3.barang-barang berharga sudah habis buat judi togel
4.hidup sehari-hari anda serba kekurangan
5.anda sudah kemana-mana tapi belum dapat solusi yang tepat
6.pesugihan tuyul
7.pesugihan bank gaib
8.pesugihan uang balik
9.pesugihan dana gaib, dan dll
dan anda ingin mengubah nasib melalui jalan togel seperti saya hub AKI SOLEH di no; (((082-313-336-747)))
atau anda bisah kunjungi blog AKI KLIK--->DISINI ((((( BOCORAN--->TOGEL--->HARI--->INI ))))

AKI SOLEH dengan senang hati membantu anda memperbaiki nasib anda melalui jalan togel karna angka gaib/jitu yang di berikan AKI SOLEH tidak perlu di ragukan lagi.sudah terbukti 100% akan tembus. karna saya sudah membuktikan sendiri.buat anda yang masih ragu, silahkan anda membuktikan nya sendiri...

1:30 pm  
Blogger ibu susanti said...


Terima kasih sebesar-besarnya yang kami ucapkan kepada aki sahro yang telah memberikan keberhasilan dan keberuntungan bagi keluarga saya.berkat bantuan beliau saya sekarang sudah hidup tenang karena suamiku sudah punya usaha tambak yang luasnya sekitar 3 hektar kurang lebih. begitupun juga saya dirumah buka warung sembakau dan sekarang pun saya sekeluarga tidak di kejar-kejar hutang lagi. mulanya keluarga Kami di berikan angka gaib hasil ritual dari aki sahro yang sangat Jitu 100% dijamin tembus.sehingga keluarga saya sekarang merasa tenang lagi.sekali lagi terima kasih aki jasamu dikeluarga saya tidak akan terlupakan.Jika anda butuh angka gaib hasil ritual aki sahro silahkan Tanyakan aja Pada aki dinomer hp beliau di(_085_340_951_457_)) ATAU KLIK DISINI *➡ KHUSUS ANGKA JITU 4D*

Angka GHOIB: singapur 2D/3D/4D/

Angka GHOIB: hongkong 2D/3D/4D/

Angka GHOIB; malaysia 4D/6D/5D/

Angka GHOIB; toto magnum 4D/5D/6D/

Angka GHOIB; laos 4D/6D/8D/

Angka GHOIB; thailan 2D/3D/

Angka GHOIB; macau 2D/3D/4D/

Angka GHOIB; sidney 2D/3D/4D/



★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Di jamin anda pasti menang seperti saya>>>>>>
.(`’•.¸(` ‘•. ¸* ¸.•’´)¸.•’´)..
«´ Thanks sOb rOoMnyA ¨`»
..(¸. •’´(¸.•’´ * `’•.¸)`’•.¸ )..
SELAM KOMPAK SELALU….dan selamat buat yg JUPE hari ini.

5:02 am  
Anonymous abru said...

Merry Christmas 2018
Merry Christmas 2018
Happy New Year 2018
Happy New Year 2018

7:22 pm  
Anonymous abru said...

Learn more NEET PG Result Check Here
NEET PG Admit Card ,Learn more
NEET PG Answer Key,Learn more

7:23 pm  
Anonymous aspitas said...

New year Cracker Images ,Detailed info here
Best New year love images,Detailed info here
happy new year ballon images,Detailed info here

7:24 pm  
Anonymous pinky said...

view publisher site on New year Resolution
view publisher site New Year Quotes
view publisher site on New Year Greetings 2018
view publisher site New Year Images
view publisher site New Year Gif
view publisher site New Year jokes
view publisher site New Years Eve

7:25 pm  
Anonymous nilena said...

Read more: New Year Wishes For Lover
Read more:Happy New Year 2018 Family Wishes
Read more:Happy New Year 2018 Friends Wishes

7:27 pm  
Anonymous hari said...

New Year 2018 Wallpapers for Instagram,visit website to learn more
Happy New Year Cartoon Wallpapers,visit website to learn more
Happy New Year Wallpapers for Desktop,visit website to learn more
Happy New Year Balloon Wallpaper, visit website to learn more

7:28 pm  
Blogger Novi Triyanti said...

Sy tidak tau apa ini cara kebetulan saja atau gimana. Yg jelas sy berani sumpah kalau ada ke bohongan sy sama sekali. Kebetulan saja buka internet dpt nomer ini +6282354640471 Awalnya memang sy takut hubungi nomer trsebut. Setelah baca-baca artikel nya. ada nama Mbah Suro katanya sih.. bisa bantu orang mengatasi semua masalah nya. baik jalan Pesugihan dana hibah maupun melalui anka nomer togel. Setelah sy telpon melalui whatsApp untuk dengar arahan nya. bukan jg larangan agama atau jalan sesat. Tergantung dari keyakinan dan kepercayaan saja. Syukur Alhamdulillah melalui bantuan beliau benar2 sudah terbukti sekarang. Amin

2:58 am  
Blogger Dr Aliu Shadira said...

Do you need finance to start up your own business or expand your business, Do you need funds to pay off your debt? We give out loan to interested individuals and company's who are seeking loan with good faith. Are you seriously in need of an urgent loan contact us.

First Name:
Last Name:
Date Of Birth:
Phone No:
Zip Code:
Monthly Income:
Loan Amount:
Loan Duration:
Purpose of the loan:

Do you need finance to start up your own business or expand your business, Do you need funds to pay off your debt? We give out loan to interested individuals and company's who are seeking loan with good faith. Are you seriously in need of an urgent loan contact us.

First Name:
Last Name:
Date Of Birth:
Phone No:
Zip Code:
Monthly Income:
Loan Amount:
Loan Duration:
Purpose of the loan:

10:12 pm  
Blogger sofia olivia said...

Quickbooks QBWC1085 Error is used to interface some electronic activities to QuickBooks. If you have not associated with QuickBooks to any outsider ventures, by then you can basically expel Web Connector from the Startup menu.

9:59 pm  
Blogger James Walker said...

Are you presently in search of finest Quickbooks Helpline? Notify us your error and then we're going to begin focus on your QuickBooks accounting software. The QuickBooks Tech Support Phone Number 1888-323-1555 has various certified experts who are constantly Prepared to deliver an instant option regardless of the sort of issue you might be dealing with. The Quickbooks support phone number has very equipped specialists, who will handle all sorts of troubles side by side, simultaneously. Take your telephone and call to the toll free number at any time, We are right here to help you 24/7.

5:33 pm  
Blogger Jhon Wilson said...

QuickBooks is the most popular & comprehensive business accounting tool known for its optimal efficiency in the context of financial record-keeping & report generations. It is a complete business accounting software tool that is easy to manage and has a user-friendly interface. If you face any kind of problem while using QuickBooks Helpline service, you can contact us any time [24*7], QuickBooks Error Support.

8:17 pm  
Blogger johnny shaw said...

MacBook Pro, MacBook, Apple iPhone, iPod, and so on which include gadget and therefore are a great deal used. These devices are favorites of gurus and kids. The primary reason being this is always that those people gadgets have a flexible and superb engineering on that the resolve assistance supplied by professionals here at iPhone apple customer service is amazing and can't be in contrast with practically another repair provider. This team of specialists is servicing from ten years in precisely the profile. The apple iphone number customer service experts irritated customers and also have served around 2 million distressed. Which is just another excuse that fixes service by Individuals professionals is great? Visit Here:

1:02 am  
Blogger James Walker said...

great and nice blog thanks sharing. I just want to say that all the information you have given here is awesome...Thank you very much for this one.
QuickBooks Technical Support Phone Number
QuickBooks Tech Support Service
QuickBooks Customer Service Support
QuickBooks Support

11:44 pm  
Blogger mycozytrip said...

The easiest way to be certain that you will be not ripped off in your Uttarakhand Holiday Packages break will be to entrust your vacation scheduling while in the hands of the Uttarakhand Holiday Packages company. It's by chance that I stumbled on Travel Excursions, on a hurried excursion to Goa, and I’ve been working with their solutions for all my domestic and Intercontinental travel more info at any time because. Visit Here:

11:07 pm  
Blogger Y and H Cargo India said...

Nice Blog, thank you so much for sharing such an amazing information with us.
Logistics Company in Delhi

11:15 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Confronting any issues with your QuickBooks? Intuit QuickBooks Technical Support Phone Number 1888-323-1555 is for the individuals who are battling with QuickBooks finance and getting any blunder or issues. Try not to stress, basically dial our without toll QuickBooks Tech Support Phone Number to get the most ideal Tech administration and support from our master.

12:52 am  
Blogger Danny Escorts said...

If you are looking for the matured and perfectly-wanting Bangalore Female Escorts, you're the right position as our Bangalore Female Escorts are awaiting you. They are Superb-searching and Erotic they comprehend your preferences. In Bangalore, a large number of Unbiased Gets in touch with Girls are searching for Someone to obtain raw and passionate Night of Intimacy. These are often Completely ready to supply unforgettable Love Building as per your necessities so you may be written content soon after ejaculating on her. Visit Here:

9:01 pm  

Post a Comment

<< Home