Pātea Photo Shoot

If you are addicted to taking photos of old buildings and ruins then the concrete jungle of Pātea Freezing Works will inspire avid photographers.

The derelict slaughter house is mirrored in the Pātea River, which leads out to an impressive breakwater at Pātea Beach.

The breakwater is an amazing artificial offshore structure which helps to protect the river from the huge west coast waves.

The Pātea Surf Lifesaving is currently looking for new members. They can be contacted through their Facebook page.

A walk though the town will take you past many historic buildings and features, including the Aotea Memorial Waka, St George’s Anglican Church and the building that houses the South Taranaki District Museum.

Aotea is a māori waka canoe that brought Turi and his people from Hawaiki, eventually arriving in Taranaki where they intermarried with the tangata whenua tribes.

Aotearoa means New Zealand – land of the long white cloud

ao -cloud, daylight, world

tea -clear, white

roa -length, long

Aotea Utanganui – Museum of South Taranaki is a noteworthy archive of district information, articles and items, offering a rich and varied history of the area.

utanga – burden, cargo, freight, load

nui -great, large, plenty

Pātea

-village, bush

tea -clear, white

Trapping

I finally got around to setting up my traps! In Taranaki there is a huge push to eradicate pests to create a Predator Free NZ,  and I cant wait to contribute.

When we lived in Raglan Whaingaroa I joined the Karioi Project  and monitored two coastal traplines. During a working bee, using recycled materials I built my rat trap. It’s baited with peanut butter.

I also have a stoat trap that I have baited with one on chickens eggs. I have placed the traps out of the way, but close to my chicken coop. Stay tuned to see what I catch!

I have registered my project with trap.nz