Last week I talked about Lions Lake, and the disgusting state of the water therein. I finished with a comment the area should be renamed to accurately reflect its true heritage.
The stream that comes into Lions Lake from the south past the Cosmopolitan Club in the last bastion of the very historical Awaroa portage.
In the 1860s and 70s Maori and European trades trod and rowed that “Great South Road” of the time with their produce.
Huge quantities of vegetables, flax and other supplies from the Waikato were carted via the portage to a developing Auckland – the new capital of New Zealand, as decreed by Governor William Hobson after signing the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.
In the photograph is seen, the last portion of the arm of the harbour that came up under the the familiar profile of the former Holy Trinity Anglican Church.
This waterway extended to approximately where the old supermarket building is sited, soon to become a vehicle museum.
During the time of the portage the ridge to the right of this photo, behind where the Bank of New Zealand and ANZ Bank are now, was know as Te Pahi and was lined with Maori living whare.
My recommendation is that this name “Te Pahi” should be applied to the lake and then perhaps Auckland Council may show a greater degree of respect and keep it clean.
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