Author(s): GARBES Norma
Much has already been written about whaling in New Zealand. These notes deliberately focus on the five Kaikoura shore based whaling stations with the intention of producing a condensed concise reference. The information concerning the Amuri, Waipapa, South Bay and Rangi-inu-wai Stations is scarce. In those days book keeping and writing of diaries etc. understandably were not a priority when sheer survival and long hours of toil occupied their time. The men who worked in these stations were physically and mentally tough, as they had to be to cope with danger, hardship, social deprivation, loneliness and isolation. These new arrivals were colourful characters of varying ages and nationalities. From this cosmopolitan group there emerged characters who stamped a unique identity upon the town. Some sought adventure and a new life in this faraway land and others just wanted to escape from the jurisdiction of the law. Unwittingly they left tales of endurance, courage and tragedy.