Hercules over Herald Island

For some years I lived on Herald Island, which is in the upper Waitemata,
and right off the end of Whenuapai airfield, an airforce base.
These planes, and assorted others, regularly flew past my home.

Herald Island is named after HMS Herald, the ship which,in 1840, took the
Treaty around NZ as signatures were collected. During the few days in Auckand it
explored the upper reaches of the harbour and circumnavigated what was to become known
as Herald Island. There is no known Maori name, although in later years it also became known as Pine Island.

When married to Kendrick Smithyman, who was teaching in the tiny sole charge school,
Mary Stanley wrote a poem which went ‘cut off by tides, we here are islanded.’