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Jacquie Ellis, born in Auckland, resides in the

beautiful Karangahake Gorge. The area holds a

rich history and is a source of endless subjects to

capture on canvas. She is particularly noted for

the realistic depictions of nature – revealing the

delicate effects and moods of light and shade – in

her breathtaking landscapes and seascapes.

Jacquie travels throughout NZ in search of

fresh subject material, and one of her favourite

Coromandel locations is Otama Beach, over the Blackjack Hill from

Kuaotunu. “We spent many long hot summers there and also walked the

beaches in the winter collecting treasures,” she shares. ”This area has

become the subject of many beautiful paintings.” She is also known for her

endearing pet portraits and dreamy spray paint impressions.

Jacquie was a featured artist in the pop-up

gallery in this season’s Winter Art Wander in and

around Paeroa. She also enjoys teaching painting

workshops and is happy to take commissions.

Aside from private collections throughout NZ,

Jacquie’s work is represented in many overseas

countries including Japan, England and the US.

Of interest to other artists is a service Jacquie now offers – fine printing of

paintings and photographs on canvas. “These canvas prints are just perfect

for limited edition artworks. A range of sizes are available and our printer

combines excellent colour accuracy and matching to the original artwork.

Stretching the canvas over a frame creates a ready-to-hang masterpiece.”

See more of Jacquie’s work online at


out her art canvas printing services at or


How the Ohinemuri River got its name

The original name of the river flowing through the

Karangahake Gorge is

Te Waitangi-o-Hinemuri

: literally

‘the weeping water of Hinemuri’.

In one Maori legend, the river and floodplain were

formed by the tears of Hinemuri. She was the

youngest daughter of the Hauraki chief who turned

away her many suitors because her older sisters

remained unwed...until finally the suitors fell away and she was left alone and

disconsolate. Her copious tears formed the river and floodplain.

Or, maybe it is this version of another Maori legend said to have happened at

Turner’s Hill on the Paeroa side of Mackaytown during the Maori Wars. At this

Maori hill encampment was a tunnel that led to the river where a chief kept

his pet dragon. When an invasion came, the tribe fled, leaving behind a sad

girl and the dragon, who then took care of her. The river was given the name

Ohinemuri, meaning ‘the girl left behind’


The carving of Ohinemuri above is by Athol McKinnon who presented it to the

Paeroa Historical Society.

Cheers to other contributors...

Photographer Alan Duff

specializes in shooting real estate interiors and

aerials. In this issue, he ‘went to the birds’ with photos of the Karaka Bird Hide

and the Shortland Wharf areas in Thames. See his work at

Many of the photos and evocative descriptions of the Hauraki Rail Trail in the

Karangahake Gorge were shot by

Jodie Tunnicliffe


See the series of her two

trips to the Gorge on her bike travel blog,

Dick Wilson

wrote about the area’s commercial fishing culture and efforts to

save our seabirds. He was instrumental in designing and raising funds for the

award-winning exhibit in the Mercury Bay Museum, logging in up to 4,000

volunteer hours with fellow trustee Lou Sikking – all on a shoestring budget.

Milly’s on Main


236 Main Road in Tairua



522 Pollen Street in Thames

Cover Art:

Springtime on the Ohinemuri

by Jacquie Ellis

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publication price of only $45 (NZ postage paid)

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A book launch will be held at Mosaic Gallery in

Whitianga. Check Charlotte’s FB page for details.