The Book Written by the People of the Taumarunui District

The portraits progress through the book from the pioneering farmers, shearers, loggers, engineers and river and road transporters to doctors, nurses, shopkeepers, artists, politicians, top dressers, tourist operators, fashion designers and rock musicians.

They are Maori and Pakeha. Together, their stories tell of a resourceful people with a true sense of belonging to the small town and surrounding communities they established far from New Zealand’s urban centres.

Excerpts From the Book

Webly Fisher

Webly Fisher – Died 1964

Tihi Tihu

Tihi Tihu 1892 – 1988

Jean Sandel

Jean Sandel 1916 – 1974

Bruce McMillan with Tiger Moth

Bruce McMillan with Tiger Moth

Rhonda Syrena Bryers

Rhonda Syrena Bryers 1951 – 2007