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Hokianga Historical Society Newsletters
(collection of past newsletters)
Updated: 1 September 2019
Website Owner: Dr. Kenneth M. Baker

August 2019 - Account of the 2019 AGM - Elected Dawn Metcalfe, President; Sandy Clark, Vice President; Claire Kaahu
White, Secretary; Rita Hume, Treasurer; Raeone Dellaca, Museum Curator; Obiturary Grace Wilkinson responsible for
displays over many years; Annual Lunch (now dinner) 5.30 p.m. 16th Nov 2019 with speaker Aroha Harris; Upcoming
event - visit to the Aladdin's Cave of Waimamaku Garage; Progress on Opononi Sea Wall; Review of Dr Smith's "
Advice from a Back Block Hospital"

June 2019 - Upcoming exhibition 'Fresh Look at the Dog Tax War' ; Kohukohu photographer Charlie Dawes ; Upcoming
exhibition in September 'Music in the Hokianga' ; Hokianga Historical Society AGM scheduled for 18 August 2019 -
nominations must be in before 11 August 2019 ; Christmas Lunch scheduled at Hokianga Hotel for 16 November 2019
with guest speaker Dr. Aroha Harris ; Account of Te Whakatupuranga o Mihi Kerenene - on 25 May over 100 people
gathered in brilliant sunshine in Rāwene to remember the passing of Jane Takotowi Clendon nee Cochrane and to
launch a book about her life by her great grandson Michael Browne and on sale at Museum for $22.

March 2019 - Museum to remain temporarily closed on Thursdays; Rae Dellaca appointed as Acting Curator for
Museum; New volunteers come forward - Rebecca Chou, John Browne, Kathryn Darby and Vivienne Davies; Two new
exhibitions staged - The 1918 Flue Epidemic and the 1893 Women's Franchise; Acquistion of the family files from Sister
Isabelle (Barbara Jean) Harding; Manea Footprints of Kupe project.

December 2018 - Review of 2018 events.  Notice of talk by Ken Baker about his new book “The Obscure Heroes of
Liberty” describing the efforts of ordinary Belgian citizens in German occupied territory who helped New Zealand and
Allied soldiers in WW1 to escape

September 2017 - AGM outcomes - Heather Ayrton as Patron, Membership remains at $25 double/$15 single, Clare
White appointed Secretary; Christmas Lunch to be held at the Copthorne Hotel on the 25th November, reservations are
essential with Dawn Metcalfe at 09 405 8890 or the Museum at 09 405 8498, speaker to be Kevin Prime, Commissioner
with the Environment Court and of Ngati Hine, Ngati Whatua, Tainui and Welsh descent; Sandy Clark's report from her
first day as a volunteer at the Museum; Chairperson's (Dawn Metcalfe) Report to the AGM.

July 2017 - Preparations for AGM on 20th August 2017 including accompanying documents; creation of HHS Facebook
page; Christmas lunch scheduled 18 November 2017; All Saints Rawene WW1 Roll of Honour.

March/April 2017 - Easter Sunday Walk 15th April 2017 with guide Lorraine Parlane - Meet at the top of Pakia Hill;
Upcoming Events, June: Film Afternoon, Early Spring: Exploration of Motukaraka Church and Marae Complex,
November: Christmas Lunch; Request for Speakers; Account of Colin Quincey talk, Medal story; Request to identify
statuettes from Waiotemarama.

January 2017 - Report on Christmas lunch and presentations by Colin and Shaun Quincey;  Preparations by Grace
and Ken Baker for th ANZAC April exhibition featuring the Hokianga part in the WW1 Maori Battalion; new
archival material of the ledgers and stock records of
Robert Proctor's Taheke Store (1886-1910) presented by Sandra
and Colin Baker
; Loma Morrison (nee Letts) presents Warwickshire figurines; Gary Clover and research on the pre-
1840 Wesleyan Mission;
Hilda Field begins her memoirs at 94.     

October 2016 - Colin Quincey to speak at pre-Christmas lunch (details); Robin Hoare talk on "rolling stock"; Visit from
Te One School, Chatham Islands;  World War One exhibition evolving - memories of Roy Beazeley (1884-1969) and
Hokianga Hisotrical Society wreath laid at Passchendaele on 99th anniversary commemorations of 'New Zealand's
blackest day' on 12 October 1916.  

September 2016 - Outcome of the AGM, President: Dawn Metcalfe; Vice president: Barbara Coulter; Secretary: Alexa
Whaley; Treasurer: Doug McKenzie; Curator: Donna Washbrook; Members (five): Diane Hunia, Elizabeth Barber Martin,
Denis Ryan, Claire White, Grace Wilkinson; Patron: Heather Ayrton; Review of showing of Tumanaco/Hope, film by Judy
Reinken; Looking for someone to organise the Annual Harbour Cruise; Anyone recall the name Tono ARAMA?

August 2016 - Details of AGM to be held Sunday, 28th August 2016, 2.00p.m. in the Omapere Church Centre, SH12,
Omapere; Review of Sunday afternoons in the Museum.

June 2016 - The Winter Programme; Sunday Afternoons in the Museum at 2p.m., 17 July 2016 - Speaker Doreen Beer
- Law and Life as a Rural Practioner, 21 August - Projection of the film Tumanako/Hope produced and shown by Judy
Reiken; 18 September 2016 - Robin Hoare talking about "The Thing by the Side of the Road at Kohukohu"; Christmas
Luncheon to be held on Saturday 19th November - speaker Colin Quincey; Improving signage & directions to the
Museum; Museum landscaping approved by Council; Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme 1916; Museum
preparing for the opening in April 2017 of the new trail "Wandering with the Ancestors" featuring the founding of the ship
Ventnor and its Chinese lading.

April 2016 - The "non-newsletter" - Robin Hoare, Rawene Member, gives an illustrated talk about Kohukohu's rusting
relic, the old rail wagon at the Kohukohu Fire Station at 2 pm on Sunday 17th April putting this relic in the context of many
types of vintage rolling stock – steam locomotives, ancient and modern trams, logging tramways – all Hokianga's history.

March 2016 - Northland Heritage presents Certificate of Appreciation to Alexa and Owen Whaley for “the collection,
curation and archiving of the history of the Hokianga”; John Klaricich describes the proposed 'Kupe Experience'; Diana
and Howarth Mountain donate to the Museum a numbered print of one of Eric Lee Johnson’s paintings; proposed visit to
the pa-site of Whiria on Easter Sunday, March 27; Peter Nash reviews Olive Harris' Both Sides of the River; HHS project,
a booklet to look at the effects World War I had on Hokianga; Death of Dawn Bridge who in 2003-4 contributed hugely to
re-writing the HHS constitution.

October 2015 - Details of Christmas Lunch (Saturday 21 November at Copthorne Hotel, Omapere) at which John
Klaricich will speak of plans to create the 'Kupe Experience' at Opononi; Details of planned Harbour Trip planned for 29th
December 2015, Evening Harbour Cruise 6th January 2016, exploratory coastal walk from Pakanae Cemetery to old
Nuhaka Mission site and whiri climb on Easter Saturday 26th march 2016; new book 'Both Sides of the River' by Olive
Harris available for sale.

August/September 2015 - AGM outcomes and Hiku Cherrington steps down as President after 11 years of excellent and
dynamic leadership and is replaced by Dawn Metcalfe nee Ambler; The Hokianga Museum & Archive Centre receives a
special Award in the 2015 Trust power Volunteers Awards and especially for its WWI programme and "for going above
and beyond to mark an important centenary”; campaign to collect historical photographs from the area where still in
private hands.

July 2015 - Sunday Afternoons in the Museum - Sister Anne to talk about St Isaacs at 2 pm on Sunday, 26th July and on
20th August, Dr Paul Bowker describes the Rawene Sailing Club’s ‘Mucking about on boats’; AGM details including the
nomination forms, for Saturday, 15th August 2015, 2.30
p.m. in the Hokianga Museum.

May 2015 - 2015 programme; Sunday Afternoons in the Museum; AGM plans; Farewell to Glyn Fell - and his
reminiscences on the Motukaraka Dairy Factory; Diaries of the Rev. H.A. Cochrane; Ventnor activities at the Museum.

February 2015 - Waitangi Day events; Waimamaku Wild West Fest 21st February featuring Waiotemarama District High
School; photos of early families from Wekaweks, Waimamaku and Waiotemarama; request for information on Utakura
School and Church Hall; availability of WW1 book by Ken Baker, Hokianga Remembers - Part 1 Belgium, North East
France and England by Ken Baker; Ching Ming for ancestros on the Ventnor on 11-12 April 2015.

December 2014 - Annual Christmas/New Year Harbour trip to take place on 28th December 2014 and booking
instructions; Seeking Hokianga stories from the 1914-1918 was period; Calling for those tardy with their Member
subscriptions to pay up - otherwise as the rules say, communications will stop.

October 2014 - Koutu Boulders excursion led by Dr. Seabourne Rust on 26th October; Annual Lunch at Wildspur Lodge
on Saturday 15th November - speaker is HHS patron Heather Ayrton talking about her childood friend Dr. Janet Irwin,
only daughter of Dr. G. M. Smith; Rev Daniel Ambler to bless the statue of Opo the Dolphin in the new surroundings of
the Museum and attended by a group from Matamata/Hinuera;  October 12th talk by Dr. Ken Baker about visits to the
WW1 graves of Hokianga men in Europe and the context of Hokianga in the war; 28th September talk by Gwen Freese
on Dr. Smith's legacy.  

August 2014 - AGM Papers - Preparatory material for the AGM to be held at Omapere Church Centre at 2.30 p.m. on
23rd August 2014.  Agenda, Nomination Forms and Proposed Constitution.

May and June 2014 - 2014 plan for Sunday Afternoons in the Museum (Film & Soup 29th June; Photography 27th July;
Area School 31st August; Dr Smith's Legacy, 28th September); Members Meetings 19th July and AGM 23rd August,
Labour Weekend Trip to the Koutu Boulders, Annual Dinner 14th November, Harbour Trip 28th December, World War 1
Research and placing of Hokianga Flowers on graves of the fallen plus photos, visit by Alexander McCall Smith,
grandson of Dr. Smith of Rawene, request for any information about Wiremu Colenso aka Willie or Wi born 1851 to
Ripeke Meretene and son of William Colenso.  

April 2014 - Sunset Cruise planned for Easter Sunday 20 April, recent trip to the Ambler farm overlooking the
Waimamaku River, deaths of long time members Maureen Mills and Jean Garriock, school visit to view historic Opo the
Dolphin statue, new Visit Us - Where to Find Us brochure available, Bev Cox mural of Opononi Pakanae history at the
Opononi i-Site.

December 2013 - List of Summer 2014 events, Sunset Cruise 29 December, Walk and picnic to view Waimamaku from
on high 11 January 2014, Twilight Cruise 26 January 2014.

October and November 2013 - Plans for Members' lunch on 16 November at the Opononi Hotel, former patron Mrs
Ethel Pickering passes away at the age of 97, Opo the dolphin replica unveiled, history of Hokianga's South headland
told on Department of Conservation interpretation plinths installed on the edge of the Araiteuru Reserve and unveiled on
12 October 2013, Stephen King talks about the Kauri of the Waipoua Forest, statue of Saint Francis in Kokohuia Road by
sculptress Agnes Mann.    

September 2013 - Results of AGM; unveiling of new Opo Dolphin Statue in Opononi scheduled for 14th September
2013; Hokianga Remembers - WWI afternoon 15th September 2013 at Museum; Stephen King to talk about Waipoua
Forest on 6th October 2013; Annual Lunch on November 16th at 2013 - speaker Dr. Tony Birch, formerly Head of
Rawene Hospital; Waimamaku Methodist Church decomissioned;    

July 2013 - AGM (Annual General Meeting) plans for 18th August 2013 at Omapere Church Centre; speaker Mita Harris,
Property Manager, New Zealand Historic Places Trust; report of Noel Hilliam talk at the last Afternoon in the Museum on
"Digging up Shipwrecks; Next Afternoon by Nick Williams on Hokianga Boats and Boaties on Sunday 28th July 2013;
Plans for WW1 commemoration; Information sought on Henry or Kato Williams born 1896 and John Wright, blacksmith
of Otarahiko near Mangamuka.

June 2013 -  Forward programme "Sunday Afternoons in the Museum" for 2013, report of the 40th Anniversary
celebrations, Opo statue now at the Museum.

May 2013 -  Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Society, wreck of the India 1883, Ventnor Project, Statue Opo
the Dolphin restoration, World War I Commemoration, new family links (John Wright, William Cook).

December 2012 - Exhibition "Soaring over the Hokianga", Motukaraka (Galloway's and Donaldson's) Island cruise,
Annual Dinner, Heather Ayrton new Patron.

October 2012 - Patron Ethel Pickering retires, George Nichols honoured, Annual Dinner

September 2012 - Results of Elections for Society Executive and Museum Management Team, change of Patron, Annual
Dinner, The wreck of the Jospeh Craig 1877, exhibition "A Good Yarn", Northern Fashion Fibres Waimamaku, Opo
Statue plans.

August 2012 - AGM preparation, rules and past Committee Members, “Sunday Afternoons in the Museum” with Louis
Toorenburg on his Hippie days, Barbara Ward’s entertaining tales from the Hokianga Coastguard and Seabourne Rust
on the study of Hokianga’s fossils.

July 2012 - Historical Taheke Hotel Visit, Lindsay Gray retires, new volunteers Diane Hunia from Koutu and Hillary
Edwards from Whirinaki, landscape planting around the Museum.

March 2012 - "" website open and featuring new Museum inauguration. Future Events Programme -
Boat trip Motuti, Historic Taheke Hotel, Waimamuku Wild West Fest.

September 2011 - Annual Dinner with Speaker Judge Andrew Spencer, of the Northland Maori Land Court, Trip on the
Water, Progress on the new Museum, Society Officers elected.  

July 2011 - AGM Plans, Return to the Water on the "Hokianga Express", Garden Shed raffle, Hokianga Country Music
Festival, Annual Subscriptions, Nomination form for Officers of the Society.

May 2011 - Building started 12 January and Ethel Pickering turns the first sod for the new Museum, event plans,
McKenzie family of Broadwood/Herekino.
Hokianga History and Memorabilia