(I'd be extremely grateful...)
I want to thank Cousin Leah (Tutua) Paul for her comment today. I've heard so-o many people over the past 20+ years say "If you want to know something about our family history, just ask Ching." I wish I had experienced just one discussion with him during our short time living in Whakatane. I'm sure his books contain a wealth of knowledge that can be found no where else.
Is there anyone else who's taken over the record keeping? Has anyone considered the possibility of digitizing the books that have been kept onto a Disc or E-book? It would be an incredible loss for the records to go missing, destroyed in a flood, or simply packed up and misplaced. This info. needs to be (1.) preserved & (2.) shared with the rest of the world.