The $1 bread days

by Geneva Pomana on September 07, 2020


We lived in a 3 bedroom house in Cannons Creek Porirua with our new son Rimu. His bed was a single seater sofa jammed up in the corner next to our bed. The house was cold in winter… I remember it being warmer outside than it was in.

Wiremu was studying music and I was at home with Rimu. I don’t remember how we paid the rent but that was the thing we always paid first. I do remember being a size 8 and hungry haha.

We would sit at our wobbly kitchen table and chat while Wiremu drew - pencil and cartridge paper were the tools of the time. I thought his work was really fine and beautiful. 

I guess these sessions were a little escape and they kept us warm (thanks also to the open oven) and as his collection grew so did the ideas of what to do with them.


PAPATUANUKU - Origin - Hereford Street Porirua 1998


by charlie & sian on January 22, 2021

Hi Geneva, just ordered a print for Alby’s rescheduled fund raiser and then started reading your blogs. You have a fine style and should continue your writing, it is gripping, gritty and extremely funny. Have you written these all in the last few months? Great to see you last month even if I was intoxicated. Hope to see you all soon. C

by Linda on October 05, 2020

your blog is such a cool idea Geneva, great reading, book in the making perhaps, with illustrations
Aaaamm did Karma pass way. Are you allowed to ask questions in blogs? lol

by Gayle stephens on September 13, 2020

Shoes apparel….archie went home with two left feet….hahaha,funny

by Dre Hopkinson on September 08, 2020

Memory lane trip! Had a good, hearty laugh at the open oven part. Thankful for heat pumps now 😂

by Ange Kalogeropoulos on September 08, 2020

Love it Geneva! I want more more more!!

by Rhys Twomey on September 07, 2020

Revolutionaotearoa Porirua Mall, shoes apparel, returned again and again, original and eye catching. My first tamoko with Wiremu which now covers my chest, back, sholuders, bi ceps. While sitting for these Wiremu also produced the beat to “Proliferation”. A long time coming, not too far now. Outstanding artist! Original!

by Herani on September 07, 2020

I pictured the whole story. More more please

by Louise Hakaraia on September 07, 2020

I have this hanging on my whare, look how far youse have come your both amazing xx

by Byron Maxwell on September 07, 2020

This was one of the first pieces of artwork I got from you. Spent ages looking for all the animals within it. I’ve still got an A4 print and cards from back then. Wow that was 22 years ago

by Janine Taylor on September 07, 2020

Far yea remember the early days, the $1 bread, the warmth of the sun outside laying in the bed wishing it felt warm n side. Kids all n made up beds . We’ve come along way. Who would of thought yeh. Too much Wiremu.

by Waiata on September 07, 2020

This hangs finally after many years of finding the perfect spot for it! To this day people still comment on this ataahua piece! Definitely one of my favourites of Wiremu’s mahi! As for the open oven🤣🤣 and a hungry size

by Rosie on September 07, 2020

Lol @ open oven! We’ve all been there! <3

by Wiremu Barriball on September 07, 2020

oooh, I remember those days! lol