Sunday, June 6, 2010

Living in Tiki Street

I purchased some product from an Etsy Vendor recently and in the response to my packaging request she said: "I have to say, I wish I lived in Tiki Street in New Zealand! Sounds wonderful."

So, What is a tiki and why is the street called Tiki Street?

In the Māori language, the word 'tiki' was the name given to large wooden carvings in roughly human shape, although this is a somewhat archaic usage. The modern term tiki actually refers to hei-tiki and is an ornamental neck pendant of the Maori which also represents a humanoid figure. Hei-tiki are usually made of greenstone (nephrite jade) and worn around the neck. The street is so named because it is the site where a tiki was once given to honour Maniapoto the great chief whose decendants still live in the area. The story of Hangatiki is told in an earlier blog "The Tiki That Was Made"

What do you see at Tiki Street that sounds or looks wonderful?

Hangatiki is the gateway to Waitomo Caves village and the world famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, which gets close to a million tourist visitors every year. It is close to the Main Trunk line, the rail line that runs from the far north down through the island to the southern tip. So on the negative side, this small rural area does have periods of time when traffic noise can be heard and the train as it passes through.

There are frequent occasions when a rainbow appears in the sky, the promise of hope and life.

My property has a number of trees and at the right time of the year we are visited by tui and kereru. They are truly beautiful.

The neighbours have a minagery of animals a petting zoo in fact. The donkeys and miniature horses are periodically grazed on my land; A very efficient lawn mowing service indeed.

I don't like the close confines of living in town. I like my rural setting at Tiki Street in Hangatiki.