Although the surrounding area is now cleared land and profitable farming but the rural community who have lived there for generations have created a wonderful museum dedicated to preserving the story of the early milling of the Kauri forests.
These giant trees covered the land of the north in times past and history can be measured in the tree rings. Click the photo to see what dates New Zealanders consider important ;-)
And the HD3QBEM found a lamp very similar to the one in the house of her childhood.
She learnt cross stitch and embroidery by the light of flickering kerosene lamps like this! And now I will sit under my daylight lamp and put some more bricks into the cross stitch house I am building.