My mother is 75 today. Happy birthday mum.
Mum grew up in the Catlins, like many maori she was raised by her elder sister.
My favorite photo of her is in the first and only maori debutante's ball. I'll try to post the photo it is really beautiful. All of those Ngai Tahu wahine ready to get into their lives. Most of them would have been late teens and some early 20's. I always thought it would be a good project to follow them all up and see how their lives went, 50 - 55 years on.