The Autobiography of a Maori
In the second chapter I said that I first went to school at Te Araroa and I learned hardly anything. When the school closed down the nearest school was at Wai-o-Matatini and news was frequently heard of the remarkable progress of the pupils there. Both my father and my mother were anxious that I should go to school and I was keen too, so keen that a friend of mine named her first child Tawhai-kura (or Straining-after-school). Unfortunately the child did not live long and later when my youngest brother was born he also was called Tawhai-kura.