He was the youngest child of Kennedy and Aroha Brennan.
Rewi was fascinated with trains and railways.
The Rotorua line was initiated in 1894.
As he grew, Rewi would spend every moment he could down at the station.
He gained an apprenticeship to the railways,
and eventually became a locomotive driver.
Rewi transferred to Taumarunui.
Taumarunui gained importance with the completion
of the North Island Main Trunk line in 1908-09 .
The line south of Taumarunui caused considerable problems due to the terrain,
and has several high viaducts and the famous Raurimu Spiral.
The Stratford - Okahukura Line to Stratford connected just north of Taumarunui.
Rewi met Irene Casey, a shop owner, in Taumarunui.
They married in 1920
and had 3 children:
Veronica b. 1922
Lawrence b. 1924
Vincent b. 1925.
Rewi had an apprenticeship,
where he started at the bottom with basic tasks,
working alongside experienced tradesmen,
learning all aspects of his trade,
together with problem solving.
Many modern apprenticeships do not have this long slow acquisition of skills.
Head knowledge is given precedence over practical experience.
Which is better?