My house is only a few kilometres from the hills and yesterday smoke filled the air above for many hours. The planes have been ferrying monsoon buckets over and over, leaving at regular intervals. Today the easterly wind has changed the direction of the flames, away from hillside homes. However, strong gusty wind changes are forecast, so the situation can change dramatically.
We are hoping for the best. National State of Emergency now declared, with the armed forces helping with the fight.
Kia mau ki to Maoritanga
.............. Hold fast to your culture