It has been my privilege to collect stories for this second book on Kamo and Whau Valley. It would have been impossible to research and produce this book without the widespread support of you all. I have loved meeting you and hearing your stories.
My warm thanks to all those who have contributed stories and images for this collection. It has been an honour to learn about the everyday endeavors and very interesting stories of our local community. Your collective memories, coupled with the stories from the first book of tales, form a rich social history of Kamo.
Version of the truth vary. One person’s memory of what happened is very often different from the next person’s. The stories have been taken in good faith as to content and historical accuracy.
The stories in a community are unlimited. There are many stories yet to be written. If you feel you have been missed out, sit right down and compose your story or record your family history. Your chance will come when someone else compiles the next book.
Every endeavor has been made to trace and acknowledge copyright for these stories. I acknowledge the ready availability of material from the Northern Advocate, in particular the stories of the Kamo and Whau Valley mines, where first-hand stories of mining experiences have become increasingly scare over time. I also acknowledge the rich collection of photographs provided by Kiwi North museum, and the Whitelaw and Drummond Te Wake collections.
I have been grateful for the loan of paintings and drawings from Bill Haigh, Con and Julia Going, Lois and Ernie Osborne and Richard House. I value the proof-reading of Maureen Kimber with her valuable local knowledge. Above all, I treasure the fine work done by designer Janine Brougham.