Kirimatao Ngamare (Katie) was born in Ahuriri (Napier), New Zealand to the Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitane tribes. The Rangitane ruled the area until the Ngati Kahungunu of Taraia came out of the north and conquered Te Hakakino, the ancient pa or fortress that guarded the area.
Her mother's father was from Ngongotaha in the Rotorua area. He was of the Te Arawa people. He also had family in Matamata. He moved to Napier to work on the fruit farms and there he met Denise, a maiden of the Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitane tribes. He married her and settled on a farm, where they grew pears, apples, peaches, komo komo (native sweet pumpkins), and kumara (potato-like sweet potatoes brought from South America by the Polynesians). (Below is a picture of kumara, mussels, and other foods).
One day Kirimatao was looking for mussels at Cape Kidnappers when she was captured by South Seas pirates. In the midst of her misery, she gradually became aware that there were others who were also being misused by the pirates. There were some English ladies who looked very frightened. The pirates kept her from speaking or seeing them. But then they came to a small island. The pirates chased some of their prisoners into a cave. Kirimato thought they were cornered, but they weren't. They had all entered the world of Narnia...
The tiki is from maori.org.nz
This last is called Gingerbread Haka from http://paddynoblesblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/maori-christmas. Priceless!
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