Just a short blog to say we’ve been to Kawakawa and seen the toilets! I’ve been hearing about them for years, as they were designed by world famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. There’s heaps you can read about this artist on the internet if you’re interested. He’s quite an interesting fellow; during the second world war he and his Mum, being Jews, had to pretend to be Christians to keep themselves safe. Imagine the stress of going through the war keeping up with that facade, and trying to stay out of the limelight when you are not a shy and retiring sort of person. As he wasn’t. Thankfully he made it through to the benefit of the arts, architecture and several cities and towns including little old Kawakawa, near where Hundertwasser spent a lot of time towards the end of his life.
Before reaching Kawakawa, we stopped off at the Jack Morgan museum in Hukerenui. This was focussed around early Pakeha settlers to the region and how they set up farming in the new land and climate. Only cattle are farmed this far up the North Island as it’s too wet, all year round, for sheep. Sheep, with their thick wool, get flyblown rapidly in wet climates.
We were given a small piece of kauri gum – stoked!!