Burnt Place

Hawera, Taranaki, NZ, June 2012: Another fire gutted building, this time in the town I grew up in, Hawera. The town has seen many major fires over the years, in pre-colonial times and during the early days of “Pakeha” settlement in particular. This led to the building of Hawera’s iconic concrete water tower. The Maori name “Te Hawera” not surprisingly means “the burnt place”…This inferno made the news, because it was the home to the partner of the region’s most wanted fugitive..  I took a photo from the street then had a look round the back. The door was open, so was obliged to have a peek inside…

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