Marsden brings back memories of 60s Tiger Town

00:04, May 16 2014
Midge Marsden
GET-TOGETHER: Daisy Manu, of New Plymouth, with Frank Amor, left, Midge Marsden and Daisy’s husband, Derek, have fond memories of Tiger Town in the 1960s.

A song written in tribute to Moturoa brought back fond memories for a group of friends yesterday.

Daisy Manu, 75, and Frank Amor, 82, inspired part of bluesman Midge Marsden's song Tiger Town on his new album Back to the Well.

"Daisy and her beehive will get what you need/ Frank's banana boat bringing in the crays", Marsden sings.

The young Daisy was an identity in the 60s, helping her "Uncle Ping" in his pie cart on Ariki St. She was famous for her charm, humour and remarkable "beehive" hairdo.

Frank was then a fisherman in his 20s who would sail out "in any kind of weather" to go crayfishing, Marsden said.

"I haven't seen Frank since I was a wee kid," he said.


Frank later achieved notoriety with his battle to retain a huge shed he had built on his property without a council permit.

Marsden grew up in Moturoa, fondly known in New Plymouth as Tiger Town. He found a wealth of material in a book, Moturoa: A Social History of Moturoa, by Don Harris.

Tiger Town's milkbar had the "best jukebox," Marsden said. The port was filled with late-night parties, sailors and music.

"There were boats from Trinidad and I had never seen a black person before, so I was going ‘wow'," Marsden said.

Daisy and Frank joined Marsden at the home of long-time friend Lance Adlam, whose basement contains an impressive jukebox collection.

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