100 Days Project

wilma: God lives here on the Eastern Bay of Plenty

We call it The Place where God lives, of course it is'nt, It's simply where the Motu River flows down from high in the mountains, through the gorges and into a small area of the Bay of Plenty.

,ve come to the conclusion--- that if God were to chose one single place to live it would be here. Over my 100 days I'm going to take you, with my trusty little pink camera and show you our beautiful piece of New Zealand.

Day 5:

5th august 1900.

looking out toward the where the river run. In 1900 on a sunday 5th August the Maraenui children 16 and two adults set off to cross the river on their way to Omaio to the school ( they stayed the week and returned the following Friday)
The Omaio people came on the monday to see where they were it was then the tragedy was realised.
Reading Google MOTU RIVER DROWNINGS the tragic story unfolds.
Infront of the marae there stands a monument to the sad little lives that went that day.
As a mark of respect there is still today no fishing at the mouth of the river on a Saturday.