Over several years I have drawn and re-drawn Holy Trinity, Pakaraka. This first on-the-spot sketch was done before it underwent a restoration that saw the reinstatement of its steeple which now stands behind that farthest right cross. It now looks exactly as it did in 1873. Thank goodness its illustration in Country Churches of New Zealand shows it as fully restored.
That smudgy black cross far left is the grave of Henry Williams, the famous early missionary to Northland, and his wife Marianne. There was a whisper of ghosts in the whispering trees...
© DON DONOVAN