Celebrating the “Super Mums” of the Kaipara

Celebrating the “Super Mums” of the Kaipara
May 11, 2018 Lisa Tolich

Mother’s Day reminds us to celebrate our mothers and remember the dedication and downright hard work they put into looking after those they care for. This year The Kauri Museum have chosen to highlight one of the mothers of our district, Kohinga Mika Haira (1896 – 1964) wife of Edward James (Ted) Pook.

Kohi and Ted moved to Puriri Point from Oneroa Bay in 1926. Dick Scott, in Seven Lives on Salt River, recounts the story of the move. He describes the barging of the house, along with their first six children, from Pouto to Puriri Point – while Kohi mixed the Christmas cake, baking the cake on an open fire when they arrived.

The Puriri Point home had no running water or electricity, and access was by sea. The family fished and grew kumara. It was here that Kohi gave birth to eleven of her nineteen children, the last two being born at the maternity home in Paparoa. Kohi’s resourcefulness and strength of character saw her nurture a warm and close-knit family.

With our mothers to guide and care for us our lives are much richer. Make sure you celebrate your mother on Mother’s Day.

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