Wharf a shell of old

LETTER

My family used to live up that way in Waima (Tokomaru Bay) not far from the wharf. Today it is only a shell of what it was back in the 1960s. Looks like people have been helping themselves to free timber, as all the beams under the wharf and the white railings that lined both sides of the wharf have all disappeared and there are wooden columns sticking out of the sea.

It was a safe place to swim back then. One could go right down to the water’s edge on the section where swimmers jump off the wharf and fish, watch or ride the train that ran from the woolshed down on to the wharf carrying bales of wool to the ship.

I believe the wharf is one of those landmarks worth preserving along with the history.

DOROTHY, Lower Hutt

My family used to live up that way in Waima (Tokomaru Bay) not far from the wharf. Today it is only a shell of what it was back in the 1960s. Looks like people have been helping themselves to free timber, as all the beams under the wharf and the white railings that lined both sides of the wharf have all disappeared and there are wooden columns sticking out of the sea.

It was a safe place to swim back then. One could go right down to the water’s edge on the section where swimmers jump off the wharf and fish, watch or ride the train that ran from the woolshed down on to the wharf carrying bales of wool to the ship.

I believe the wharf is one of those landmarks worth preserving along with the history.

DOROTHY, Lower Hutt

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