by Maria de Jong
Hahei was once part of a large coastal farm and one of the children who grew up on that farm, Charles Harsant, tells his story. Charles grew up free range and barefoot. There were no roads and travel was by horseback or boat.
Charles’ wife Ann grew up in wartime England and as a young woman toured New Zealand in a Model A Ford. Ann describes her first view of Hahei:
“It was as if we had landed on a desert island. There wasn’t a footprint to be seen and the sand was made up of tiny pink shells which glowed in the setting sun. It was truly beautiful.”
The Harsant Brothers started farming in Hahei in 1912 and their descendants are still farming in the area. This book is a rich family history with tales of gum digging, kauri felling, soldiering and breaking in the land. It traces the family’s emigrant roots in England in the 1850s to modern day Hahei and is lavishly illustrated.
260 x 200 mm, 237 pages, colour, softcover