The $1 bread days

Posted by Geneva Pomana on


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


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  • 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

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

    Rosie on
  • oooh, I remember those days! lol

    Wiremu Barriball on

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