Circa 1970-1980

Kanu Parsot attended Mauku 1971-1976

I’m not sure which class we were in at the time but if we were good our teacher would send one of us to Hardwicks store with 20c to buy lollies for all the class. In those days you could buy 2 lollies for 1c. We took turns to go the the shop and I had the chance to go there a few times.

In the 70’s we were at the start of the skateboarding phase and lots of people bought their skateboards to school and we would go around & around the tarsealed courts. Manu, my twin brother broke his leg? Also, I chipped my tooth on the trampoline, as we didn’t have any mats on the sides in those days.

Mr Morgan was one of our teachers and I remember he was strict but we respected him, he was a good teacher & taught us good values for our life ahead.


Lorraine Wymer attended Mauku 1972-1977
(siblings: Lynda, Joanne, Murray, Anita)

Playing hop-scotch, endless skipping – jump rope, jungle gym, cartwheels, clearing out the undergrowth and building huts in the macrocarpa trees, these were some of the things I remember,

one year was an endless amount of time it seemed back then! Later on they built an adventure playground which we would tiggy & chase. It was actually quite high and we would climb I up & down the outside of it. Hence, I broke my arm once, but it’s a wonder not more!

Faye Morgan she taught the new entrants, she was wonderful and very caring. Her husband Maurice taught the seniors he was a great teacher too, although quite strict but he really strived for us to achieve.

I remember when they adopted their son in about 1976. Mr Morgan would sometimes bring Matthew into class & all the kids would sit around with the baby in the middle, he would ask him to point to his nose & ears etc, very cute! They were so proud of him. They let us go across the road to the school house where they lived and our whole class sat in their living room to watch the Commonwealth Games on TV it must have been 1976 as John Walker won gold.

Photo taken 1977: 4 of the 5 Wymer kids ready for school, from left Joanne, Lynda, Murray and Lorraine

I remember studying about different countries and our teacher Mrs Duckworth organised for some of the Mums to do cooking in the classroom, with a little portable stove Mrs Young demonstrated Chinese cooking, Mrs Kolovos with her Greek cooking and one of the Indian Mums, I loved doing that sort of thing.

Another school Teacher Mr Cox – He only taught for a short while but I do remember getting caught once or twice for roller-skating in the hallway & he made me weed the garden for detention. Instead I would just get more dirt & bury the weeds! Vanessa Biddick & I would sometimes make the teachers morning tea, we would regularly add a teaspoon 0f dirt to the tea leaves in the pot! We were the ones to empty the tea pot with the evidence. I do apologize for that, it’s a wonder we never got found out.

I remember being scared when a new boy Fatefan Apelu started school, he family had come over fro the Nuie Islands, he had very long plaited black hair. We weren’t sure at first if he was a boy or girl because we hadn’t seen a boy with long hair before. (it was traditional for Nuie boys then no to cut their hair till about age 10) He would run around after us and really scare all the girls by turning his eyelids inside out and showing the whites of his eyes. I think we realized he was a boy then!

I used to fill up my school suitcase with acorns, our mum Janice used to throw them out in the garden, and 35 years later they have a beautiful big Oak tree growing in their back yard. We went to and from school (our run was called the loop bus, the other run was Union Rd) One of the bus drivers called ‘Cookie’ well, used to turn off the bus going down the Bassett Road Hill, which incidently was very steep and at bottom he would restart the motor! His faithful black dog would always accompany him and sometimes it would take prime position standing up on the flat dashboard in front of him so, Cookie would have to duck his head to look under the dog to see where he was going. OSH (Occupational Safety & Health) would have field day now.

In Dee each year we went to end of School Picnics at Sandspit Beach, Waiuku where they had Three legged races, running races, sand castle building & tip top ice cream in the little cardboard containers which you would eat with a wooden spoon. In the bus on the way home (our whole school fitted on one bus) we would sing songs.

The annual Calf club, was definitely a highlight of the school year. We would go to our Gran’s (Rita Wymer) house to collect all the flowers for the sand saucers & arrangements as she had a fantastic garden. She would pick her prize rose buds for the “Aqua Jar”. I mostly had lambs as they were easier to manage because I was quite small for my age. We weren’t supposed to wash them but we always did! My sister Lynda had calves and she did well with them. We all had animals of some sort every year. Anita had lambs & won a few 1st places.

We were always proud of Mauku School, it was a small school with a big heart.


Alan Day attended Mauku 1975-1981
(Younger siblings Penny & Bryce)

Half bottles of milk for lunch when I first started Hardwick store Friday fish & chips for lunch (which I’m sure Mum only ever allowed me to get once …. must take that up with her at some point) Lots of fun playing ‘Dukes of Hazard’ with home made pull along cars that never seen to survive too long. Brendan Wright always on the trampoline in his socks. Attempting to learn French from the temporary teacher (wish now I’d listened instead of ogling)

School grounds seeming to be endless, and always lots of fun – especially playing in the trees which I’m sure Health & Safety wouldn’t let you do now days …


The content of these pages were originally published in “The History of Mauku” 2009, and have been reproduced with permission of Mauku Cricket Club & Mauku Primary School.