New Zealand High Commission Pretoria, South Africa

Photos from the Kiwi Community Walk in Cape Town on October 24, 2010

Convened by former New Zealand MP Tim Barnett, some 25 Kiwis in Cape Town went on a community walk on Sunday 24 October. A high point was the stop above the wreck of the SS Maori, a Shaw Savill steamboat, which sank near Hout Bay, Cape Town in 1909 while en route from London to Dunedin with a general cargo of crockery, wine and champagne, explosives, and railway tracks. The site where it sank is now called Maori (or Mauri) Bay.

At 11.30pm on 4 August 1909 the Maori left Table Bay after taking on coal at Cape Town. Little over an hour later she went aground on the rocks at Duiker Point, near Llandudno, Cape Town. Over thirty crew drowned in the surf after the lifeboat they were attempting to reach the shore in capsized. Most of the rest of the crew were rescued from the wreck. The Maori has become one of the most popular dive sites in Cape Town.

Later some of the walkers and other members of the kiwi community (some 45 in all) gathered for an extended lunch at the home of Tim and Ramon Maniapoto. Previously the group had got together at the same venue around Labour Day 2009.  A more intensive programme of activities is planned.

The High Commission has encouraged and supported these community-building efforts in Cape Town. You can reach kiwis in South Africa via , also via KEA South Africa at , and through the Kiwi Community Facebook page.

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