Waiting for the weekly Mail Boat: "Pokokini", Pelorus Sound, NZ

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Ian Stehbens on May 13, 2011

Murray and his dogs waiting beside the old cargo shed, for the weekly mailboat to deliver his papers and his mail. Here, once upon a time, cream cans were loaded onto the Cream Boat bound for the Paradise Bay Butter Factory. Today this is perfect isolation, where sequoia trees tower above, dahlias bloom in abundance, pumpkin vines run rampant, and a whittler creates wooden toys.

bdeh on May 14, 2011

Looks very nice Ian, a great place to be, I think. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on May 15, 2011

It really is one of the most liveable parts of New Zealand, Berend, except for the isolation and restricted access.

Murray certainly appreciates the place.



Thanh Nguyen Tran on May 19, 2011

A beautiful place. Krgs, nguyentran

Ian Stehbens on May 19, 2011

It really is a special corner of the world, nguyentran. Thanks for your response.

Best wishes,


Ian Stehbens on October 2, 2011

Wayne Jones, Auckland

Hi Wayne,

I have received your request to use the images of Pokokini on your Facebook page. I am very happy to give you permission (provided they are acknowledged as "Photo: Courtesy Ian Stehbens") and I thank you for your integrity in seeking permission first.

Your Uncle Murray was very gracious to us and took us into the farmhouse, the garden, orchard and his workshop.

I trust you feel a touch of pride in that you belong to this piece of hidden paradise.

Ian Stehbens

jonesy01 on February 29, 2012

These pics take me back to my childhood Ian. My Dad, AB (Pat) Jones grew up on Pokokini, it belonged to his parents; my grandparents,before my Uncle Chris took over,now my cousin Murray is custodian. I remember the walking tracks through the native bush, the smell of the gum trees down by the woodshed,sledging down the hillside on Nikau fronds, fishing for blue cod off the wharf with our cousins,my Aunty Kath's plum jam, with home-made butter,on hot scones.A million happy memories,always ending with the trip back to Havelock on the mailboat, George Jones.

Ian Stehbens on March 6, 2012

Greetings George,

I am really delighted that my photos of my visit to Pokokini and the Sound have been appreciated by the Jones family. Thank you for your special memories shared with us. I too grew up in a rural area (of Queensland) and fully understand your feelings, memories and nostalgia, for life was full of joy, experimental discoveries and enterprising activities.

Murray was a gracious and generous host when I visited. The mailboat didn't have a full run that day, and some of Murray's mail wasn't delivered on the first run so we had time to call again and then time for a guided walk through Pokokini gardens and the home. I can visualise the stove Aunt Kath used to boil up the plum jam.


spikejnr on May 1, 2012

Pokokini, a wonderful place with few childhood memories. Making balsa wood boats down on the stoney beach beside the boat shed using tip top bread bags as sails. The annual Hopai sports carnival which I was lucky to attend as a child. Playing pool on the pool table(held level by books)Will be sad to see it go but memories wont. Andrew Jones

Ian Stehbens on May 1, 2012

It is wonderful and a privilege to read your memories, Andrew. Thanks for sharing.


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