Smoked Eels-Gee my parents made the best smoked tuna. My dad had a 44 gal drum out back full of live eels. My job every morning was to feed them with stale bread. When it was time, mum would start to prepare them by getting all the slime off them. We had a smokehouse in the back yard. They always used tee tree, brown sugar and salt concoction which was totally devine-o! Mum would feed us kids the 'mouth organs'.The sliver belly eels were her favorite,
The view shows the Sacred Maunga "Puketohunoa" aloft. In the early days, this was originally occupied as a settlement Pa by the Great Chief Pomarenui (Pomare I) of Ngati Manu. The homestead visible in the foreground is the Harawene (Sullivan) whanau. The two trees below the Harawene Homestead stand on the banks of the Karetu River and below the Ngati Manu Marae is Karetu Road. *Photo taken July 2008 - the verandah of the Ngati Manu Tupunawhare, Ngati Manu Marae, Karetu.
Karetu means "sweet scented, holy grass". Legend tells us that, a beautiful ancestress "Te Atukaweia" of Kapotai hapu, Waikare (who once owned and occupied the land of Karetu). She was betrothed to Koikoi, a Warrior of the southern Taou hapu in Tamaki Makaurau. Large quantities of the sweet smelling grass was used to build their whare and the place which was originally called Whakarau was renamed Karetu
My Kapahaka Group- There I am, front row far right. This is from my primary school days at Moerewa. We went to perform in the township outside the old stone church . I first learned to sing from my mum. She had a beautiful singing voice and could get right up there and reach the high notes. While I was in this culture group she helped me to sew the bodice that I am wearing in this photo.
Simpson Park Moerewa- Taken in the early days but still the same today, Moerew'a icon. We had athletic's on Wednesday night during the winter months and this is where my mum would come and watch us race. Moerewa was pumping in those days!
"DOLL" was what they called her but she was born Tyllyee Birdie Manu Johnson- She married my father Reginald Henry Reti from Waikare in 1960 in the Kawakawa Post Office. This photo was taken during the time of her first marriage which was to Frank Bennett from Whangaruru. She's just perfect from top to bottom. Love her hair style and by the way, she never went away from that style of hair do.