Suggests protection from an older, ‘big’ brother. Suggests that there are only the two of them, where is the rest of the family?
An old Maori man is making a trip into the city to ask for his land to be subdivided into sections for his family for them to build houses for themselves. The land has been earmarked for other development.
Begins as the children leave their home and follows them on their journey to the train station, with flashbacks to what has happened to them in the past. Ends with the children deciding to return home.
Focus on the ‘old man’ – doddery, proud, The council man – officious, one track minded, not interested in history, only in ‘development’