Hi again Dave do you remember Matty Moka Moka what charactar i was deck boy on the awanui 1967 every trip in lyttelton Matty would take all the food trays an all up to the saxon .Then come sailing the cook would see matty.wez my traysThen Matty would get a cab and collect them all round the port WAt a character cheers Bazza'
Yes Matty was a real character & a good friend of my fathers as was his brother Albie who died at sea while master on the coaster 'HOLMLEA', in the mid 1960's.
As youngsters we spent a lot of time around the wharves at weekends or in a dingy underneath them collecting beer bottles for which we received a penny for each one from the bottleman. Also in those days several of us had paper runs early evening and were given certain areas of the port to sell them and seamen and wharfies were good at giving us lads tips Fridays and Saturdays . The interisland ferry wharf was the best on Saturday nights.