Greetings loyal readers and fellow maremmas. As you will all recall mummy packed up my car-sick kit into the car and put down the blue tarpaulin and newspapers and a couple of old towels in the back. Brother put Me on a leash and they put Me in the car and off We all went into town. Sorry to say Nellie had to stay at home. Maybe next time. I was such a good dog. I wasn’t car sick at all. We went to brother’s school to watch the rugby game between his school and Scots College. You can see the two rival teams doing the “haka” .
The haka (peruperu) was originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition. Today, haka constitute an integral part of formal or official welcome ceremonies for distinguished visitors or foreign dignitaries, serving to impart a sense of the importance of the occasion.
Sorry to say brother’s rugby team did not win but it was a good game. Then We all went to the supermarket and on the way home We all stopped off at that Wanganui icon: The Durie Hill Tower.
The following is the first article mummy wrote for the Wanganui Chronicle which was about the tower.
Durie Hill Tower dominates the skyline in Wanganui, but how much do you know about it? It was built as a war memorial to commemorate the 513 soldiers from Wanganui who died in World War I. Unfortunately, from the beginning the proposal to build the tower caused controversy. While the citizens of Wanganui wanted to honour those who died in the war, they could not agree as to where a memorial should be located. One group wanted a cenotaph in Queen’s Park while another wanted a lookout tower on Durie Hill. In the end both were built. The Borough Council built the Cenotaph and Whanganui County’s memorial was the tower. The Durie Hill tower took 2 years to build and was opened in 1925. It is made of shell rock blocks, which came for the Wanganui Harbour Board quarry at Kaiwhaiki. They were transported free of charge. The original plans showed the tower to have a point at the top with a perpetual light, but this did not happen because the Marine Department objected and the project had run out of money and couldn’t have afforded a light even if one could be installed. The tower is 33.5 meters tall and has 176 steps leading up to the viewpoint.It offers excellent views of the city, Mt Taranaki and Mt Ruapehu and the Tasman sea.
Love Jasper and Nellie the two bestest maremmas in the land. Thanks to another doggy blogger Me and Nellie have an award, but more about that next time.