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Pigeon Post: Gateway to the world
Late in the 19th century, the ‘Pigeon Post’ already connected the island to the rest of the world, with messages tied to the legs of birds. Now Pigeon Post still does that, even if we are using more conventional means to send letters, parcels, and gifts from Great Barrier Island.
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The Pigeon Post story
It took 75 hours for news of the disastrous Wairarapa shipwreck on October 29, 1894, to reach Auckland. At a commemorative event one year later, a pigeon named “Ariel” was used to send news reports back to the mainland. That pigeon became the forerunner of the world’s first airmail service.
Former resident Don Armitage collected research about this story on his Great Barrier Island history site.
In 2020 Ruark brought his wife Kirsty and their two daughters back to the island where he had spent his childhood. They restored the homestead his father had built in a remote bay with boat access only.
Every weekday morning, whatever the weather, Ruark jumps in the water to get his launch ready for the ride to the landing, so that the postal shop is open and the children can be at school on time.