Tuesday 27th February 1917

It was a very fine day. We were busy turning out the wool laying it out to dry and repacking it. Jack called and had lunch here. George was sent out to the cultivation with a pack horse to get some potatoes but at dark he had not returned so Henry and two other men went in search for him, eventually they found him, he had let the horse loose and was wandering about.


Monday 26th February 1917

It was a very fine day. We were all busy opening the bales of wool that were wet. Jack Smith called in the afternoon, Carpenter also returned from Te Araroa, he left 4 horses and Waggon down there, he reports that the road from here to Te Araroa nearly all carved away.

Sunday 25th February 1917

It was a very fine day, the sun was shining bright, and the river has gone down. Henry returned from Ahomatariki just after we had finished lunch. While Henry was having his lunch, we heard a noise and we thought it was wind but going outside we found the river in flood again and it kept up for three hours when it gradually went down, our theory was that the river was held up by a dam and that it burst gradually. In the afternoon Henry and two men went across the river and cleared a channel for the river to flow the other side.


Friday 23rd February 1917

Still raining, but more heavy showers with wind. The river is in high flood and has encroached into the bank so much that the road to the cow bail is completely cut off.

In the afternoon the men and I cut down two trees outside the fence and anchored them in the river to shoot off the water.


Thursday 22nd February 1917

Still pouring with rain. The channel of the creek at the wool-shed is blocked with boulders and stones and the water is flowing over the sheep yards and round and under the wood shed. The men and I dug drains round the shed, tried to lead the water off the creek into its usual channel.

The river is encroaching on the road down to the cow bail, in fact it has taken it all away and the fence is all hanging. The water covers all the river bed from side to side and trees & logs are floating down at a great rate and some are forming obstructions in the middle of the river.

The telephone line must be down so we are quite cut off from the outside.

I am afraid there will be a lot of damage down on the other place, I wish Henry were home as I feel a responsibility resting on me.

Carpenter, the waggon and five horses are still down at Te Araroa, he might bring the horses back when the river goes down, but it would be impossible to bring the wagon back until the road is fixed up.


Monday 19th February 1917

It was very showery in the morning, but improved in the afternoon. Carpenter took the waggon with 8 bales of wool down to Te Araroa.

George Worthington took two horses down to Te Araroa after lunch to get shod. Henry took Jack Johnson to the back after lunch to show him where to fence. In the evening rode over to Jack’s place to help muster.

I weeded the Carrots and Red Beet.