Anne Mary “Tickie” (Bee) Pirani was called after both of her grandmothers. She was always known as “Tickie”. She was the eldest of Shardy and Nellie’s family and was born and went to school at Mohaka.
She married Arthur Pirani and they lived for some time at Takaka in the province of Nelson, where Arthur was Postmaster. They later moved back to Napier where Arthur became Postmaster at Ahuriri. When he retired they lived in Wellesley Road, Napier.
They had the following children – Harold ‘Koi’, Marjorie (Chrystall), Betty (Cox), Maude (Bourke), Elsie (Marrett), and Rita (Price).
Koi served in the Middle East, Greece and Crete during World War Two. He was taken prisoner and spent some time in a prisoner of war camp.
Laura (Bee) Gemmell was the second child was also born at Mohaka and went to school there. She married Jack Gemmell who was the manager of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile stock and station firm in Wairoa. They lived most of their lives in Apatu Street, Wairoa.
They had four children – Jack, Maurice, Molly and Arthur. Jack worked for the Bank of New Zealand finally being manager of the Wairoa branch. He married Miss Osler and had four sons and one daughter – John, Bruce, Angus, Ian and Laura.
Maurice served in the Middle East, Greece and Crete during World War Two. He was taken prisoner-of-war and the Germans found him a hard person to keep imprisoned. Maurice escaped three times and was recaptured each time. For some time he lived with the Italians in the hills. The first time he escaped his cousin Koi Pirani was with him.
Arthur, although very young at the start of the war, also served in the army and reached the Middle East with the last reinforcements.
Kate (Bee) McKenzie was born at Mohaka. She was the third child of Nellie and Shardy. Very little is known of her – apparently she had no sense of humour, which is unusual for a Bee. For some time she kept house for Arthur and Hori at “Putorino” Station. She married Mr McKenzie and they farmed in the King Country. There were no children.eli
Bessie Georgina (Bee) 1 Murty 2 Kennedy was also born at Mohaka and went to school there. She helped her sisters to keep house at “Putorino”. Bessie married Harry Murty, who worked on “Putorino”. They had one daughter Nellie, who was born shortly before Harry died.
Bessie later married again – William Kennedy. They had one daughter, Margaret (Wilson). Bessie and Bill took up a 1,000 acre farm adjoining “Kakariki” and were assisted by Shardy. The farm was registered in Bessie’s name. During the 1929 depression they had to abandon the farm, “Kaituna”.
Bessie and her daughter had a cake shop in Gisborne. They gave this up to come and help Hori at “Kotemaori” when his wife died in 1930. Bessie lived in Wairoa for sometime until her death there. Her daughter Margaret Wilson still lives in the same house on the Marine Parade.
Daughter Nellie went to the Putorino School and Kotemaori School, where she was a first day pupil. Margaret also attended the Kotemaeliori School and later Raupunga and Wairoa District High School.
Nellie married Bill Beachan [Beachen] and had three children – Pauline, William “Buddy”, and Betsy.
Margaret married Percy Wilson and had five children – Barry, Beverley, Christopher, Dawn and Jennifer.
Extract from “Glenfarg” by George Thomson
“On the north side of Glenfarg lay Kaituna, or “The Thousand acres”, which was usually run in with Kakariki. The neighbours there changed from the Ryders at kakariki homestead, down by the Mohaka, to the McMillan sons at Kaituna, to the Bees, and then the governement [government].
The most notable of these were the Bees, who had previously had the lease in the 1880’s. After George Bee took over Kakariki in 1916, his daughter Bessie bought the lease of Kaituna, and tried farming it herself. Her husband, Harry Murty, had died in 1915, and she had a young daughter, Nell. The Murty’s soon moved over to live with her family at the new Kotemaori homestead on Kakariki, but about 1921 she married Bill Kennedy, and they moved back to Kaituna. Another daughter, Margaret, was born in 1923².
The Kennedy’s were one of Glenfarg’s closest neighbours from 1922 until 1928. It was an easy walk down the five kilometres to their house by Kiwi creek. In 1928 Bill went to work for the Public Works Department and in 1929 they left for Gisborne. When they returned to the area in 1930, they lived at Kotemaori.
Kakariki, at over 18,000 acres, stretched from Kaituna and the Anoura stream to the Mohaka river. The Bees were a large and cheerful family, and their new homestead was less than an hour’s ride from