NEW ZEALAND's FAR NORTH .....
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      Owhata
                     & the Herekino Harbour ....
  
The most northerly harbour of New Zealand's west coast is almost
    a place that time forgot. Only one and a half kilometres in length

    Herekino Harbour is a mix of tidal flats, shallow channels and  
    mangrove. Its' remote tranquility belies the fact that in those early
    years Owhata, on the southern shore, had a flourishing Maori
    population. As the harbour constituted a great source of "kai moana"
    or seafood for these people, it is understandable that the literal
    translation of Owhata is "food basket". It is somewhat ironic that
    the first European settlers to the district suffered great
    deprivation. Obtaining regular provisions and live-stock proved to be
    extremely difficult due to the overwhelming isolation.
    In the early 1900's with the timber trade expanding a sizeable
    Sawmill operated on the Owhata Flats, its' wharf plied by a fleet
    of small coastal vessels and scows.
           
          Gone now are the Sawmills and the ships but the quiet
                          tidal waterways remain.
 
 
                    
                              
   

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