Hokianga History and Memorabilia
A personal collection of historical, personal and other material related to life on the Hokianga, New Zealand,
where some of the earliest European settlement occurred.
Rawene on the south shore of the Hokianga River - photo Ken Baker
Site Links:
The Hokianga Historical Society and
Museum is a valuable source of
information and records about the
history of the Hokianga District:

The Acting Museum Curator (Raeona Dellaca) can
be reached at:
Tel: + 64.9.405 8641 or
14 Waianga Place, Omapere
South Hokianga
New Zealand

Website designed, installed and maintained by :
Ken Baker, Brussels, Belgium

Join the Society!! The Hokianga Historical Society
is looking for your support, especially financial, to
be able to complete and augment its new premises
for it's collections and museum.

  • Mailing address:
           P.O. Box 26
           0445 Opononi

 Link to: Where to find the HHS brochure
Historical Material & Documents

Hokianga Historical Society

World War One Commemoration

Family History, Census and Directory Information -
Early Residents of the Hokianga District
News & Events from the
Hokianga Historical Society
Details of previous events can be seen here
The 1918 Flu Epidemic - the harrowing story in
the Hokianga, especially North Hokianga.
1893 Women's Franchise - featuring the 145
Hokianga Women trail-blazers

The Story & Wreck of the Ventnor - the
discovery and research of the ship S.S Ventnor
carrying the remains of 500Chinese back to
China in 1902 (
see further details here).

The 1st two boats to come on shore at Omapere from the sunken
Ventnor - welcomed by  Charles Bryers (right) whose house was
located on the beach
(photo courtesy Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland

Commemoration of WWI and the part played
by the people and soldiers of  the Hokianga
Region 100 years ago - Original documents,
posters, photographs and newspapers of the
day from around the world (
see our special
WW1 pages). New Publication available.

The WW1 Exhibition at the museum - photo coutesy Owen Whaley

Opo the Dolphin Statue
Visit the original historic statue of Opo the
Dolphin now in the Hokianga Museum at
Hokianga Historical Society Newsletters
All the Society Newsletters are permanently available on-line.
The Museum and
Archives Centre is
open at Omapere
for visitors and for research

Previous Exhibitions:

September 2013 "Then and Now" - a look at early
photographs alongside current views

May 2013: "Carrying the News" - How Hokianga
heard and hears what's happening

Summer 2012/2013 "Soaring over the Hokianga"

Tel: 09 405 8498
Open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday &
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closed: Thursday & Sunday

How to find the HHS

Museum Curator (acting):
Raeone Dellaca

How to reach the HHS: State Highway 12 at
14 Waianga Place, Omapere, South Hokianga
(look for the sign)

Link to: Where to find the HHS  brochure
Updated: 15 March 2019
Website Owner: Dr. Kenneth M. Baker