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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 3, September 2014

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Patricia Prime
Te Atatu South, Auckland, New Zealand


Bay of Islands

waka’s
oblique shadow
on the foreshore

In the clear light of autumn by way of a steep footpath from the beach we walk towards the Mission House where the Treaty was signed. We come up the hill to the house, look up in reverence to where a party of tourists from a cruise ship out in the bay is taking photographs. Each person wears a coloured sticker. When their guide calls out the colour of the sticker, they follow her sombrely. This hallowed place becomes a loud hubbub for those who know nothing about its history. Here, on the lawn, is the flag post which was cut down three times by the Māori warrior Hone Heke. The tumult of the holiday crowd moves off towards the cafeteria. They do not know the history of the man who is now dust but who changed life for so many of his people.

café garden
a flock of seagulls
fight for crumbs

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