It’s great to see entrepreneurial young people ‘having a go’ and being brave enough to start a new venture.
Whilst staying in Napier I was lucky enough to re-visit a favourite old haunt of mine from my teenage years – Waimarama Beach. We had lots of fun there growing up as my parents were very fond of the place and often rented beach houses (or baches) in the summer holidays.
On the way to the beach my brother and I came across a little cafe near the bridge across the Tuki Tuki River on the Waimarama Road, so we decided to stop for a coffee. I have to admit I was tempted by the delicious looking cakes, but managed to resist!
My brother had envisaged having a surf but the waves plus the chilly water didn’t really inspire him to test his skills so we spent some time walking along the beach and reminiscing, then sitting on the sand for a while, we were ready to have a bite to eat, so went to investigate.
That’s when we came across ‘Hermana”.
As you can see, the two intrepid and friendly sisters have established a thriving little business for hungry beach-goers and the tacos were delicious! More on their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hermanahawkesbay
Although Waimarama beach is a bit more populated these days, it is largely the same as it ever was – unspoilt and beautiful, with the lovely long stretches of golden sandy beach.
I have fond memories of sliding down the lovely smooth hills at the back of our bach on pieces of cardboard, and of walking to Red Island (Karamea). I remember digging up Pipis when we were kids, and although Dad might have tried to catch a flounder I don’t think he was ever successful!
On a historical note, Waimarama is also home to Hakikino, once a mighty fortress which protected a settlement of several thousand people.
Hakikino is on ancestral lands passed on from generation to generation, and now a part of a family farm.
The indigenous owners wish to share the ancient history and traditions of the Waimarama people so that others might gain insight and understand the traditional ways of life and the rules by which Maori live.