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Bush - N.Z.

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Mid way down the North Island of N.Z. on the West Coast is a tiny village named Kawhia & harbour, The harbour would be one of the largest in the North Island. It also holds the burial sight of the Waka(canoe)Tainui.
On the Eastern side of the harbour in a very quite place called the Awaroa River (One of 8 water out let's that feed the Kawhia Harbour.)Lived a Maori family who's Pakeha name was "Bush."
This name has very close ties with the Thom family's off that area.
Can you help please?.

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on 2010-02-18 15:45:39

Kawhio , from Waikato - Kawhia -New Zealand., has been a Family Tree Circles member since Nov 2009. is researching the following names: WILLIAMS, THOM, WILLIAMOTT and 22 other(s).

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by ngairedith on 2010-02-18 16:00:14

Hello Kawhio,
Do you have a time frame with which we can work around and perhaps a couple of first names?

I remember the wonderful indulgence of soaking in the hot springs at Te Puia Beach - does that still happen between tides?
AND the drives out to Ruapuke - without breaking the axle :) just to sleep out near the beach with the lovely black sand, total isolation, peace and quiet

by Kawhio on 2010-02-19 12:29:28

Hi ngairedith,
Your on the ball,your quick.Great.
Yes Te Puia Springs have always been there and still are. In the olden days when people were fighting each other, the battle worn warrior would set in the springs to sooth the aches and pains away. In the mid 70's when I was a roamer of those old sand hills,(long before the pines and the $60- tare seal road.) I and 2other's with an old war horse from the W.W.1.would often travel from our folks home 3 miles out of Kawhia,cross that sometimes super hot black sand to the sea bare foot, shooting our home made bows & arrows,to the sea for a swim in the springs and surf.(The old war horse carried a small trenching tool for digging, if it wasn't for him I dept we would have ever known the springs were there.) The Tuatua Pipis were so plenty full then you would feel them under foot while swimming in the surf,often we would dig them up while digging our pool.When the tide came in we often trapped small fish in the pools. These we would place in our hot pool while swimming in the surf,on return they would be half cooked,and made a very nice lunch with the pipi's and home made bread from one of our mother's larder.
The water from the springs is minurel and good for thoes who's nose is always blocked.
I was told to put your head under the water and to breath in though you nose and not the mouth,very hard to do,believe me.
Yes though axle breaking roads are still there except much of it is tar seal now.About 10 miles are still squrea and pot holes large enough to get lost in, but the sights are worth a million dollars.Ah.
People still go to Ruapuke to drown, while fishing.And yes the prizes are still there.
With the aid of a 4x4 these days people seam to be every where,but there are still one or to quite places around if one looks and has the time.

Back to the Bush name,?
I don't have a time frame where we can have a one on one chat as I'm on a borrowed computer,at a friends home.
But I do get to use it from time to time when in Hamilton.like now.

Are you related to the Bush family's?.
Can we write in private?.
There are land issues here.
Treaty Claims etc.

My e-mail is;richardawilliams@hotmail.com

Thank you for replying.
Richard.

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