Wandering through New Zealand by haiku, today’s focus is on Eketahuna in the North Island, about half way between Carterton and Dannevirke.

The ‘e’s are pronounced short as in egg, so try E-ke-tah-hoo-na then roll it all together – Eketahuna.

This is the spot in New Zealand that is considered beyond the reach of civilisation; the place that Aussies would say was just the other side of the Black Stump! Still, it’s a pleasant spot with a population around 440 and at one stage, I considered taking up the principal’s position at a school in an even smaller nearby town. But that offer coincided with one back in Australia so the family chose to head back across the ditch (The Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand).

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eketahuna

And now the haiku…



People who live there
love its quiet remoteness.

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