March 23rd was harvest day for the taewa growing at Massey. With help from two minibus loads of Turakina juniors, the rain held off enough to get most of the crop in. Recorded for posterity by Maori t.v., the day was finished in the time honoured fashion, a hakari where yours truly gorged on the standard vegetarian fare: lucky I love spuds I guess.
Special mention must be made of our tractor driver, Simon Walsh. Sitting astride a squat green Ferrari, pulling a near antique spud digger, and only slightly bending the shaft, Simon guided the wee beast through the rows all day until we were rained off in the mid afternoon. Ka mihi au ki nga kuia, Ko Piki Winitana, me te whaea Hanui Lawrence. Tena korua!
Piki peeling pumpkins...
...Hanui and Nick dishing it up (yes that's the Ferrari driver hovering around the kai!).