Rodney Times : November 16th 2010
22 RODNEY TIMES, NOVEMBER 16, 2010 NEWS Small town marks big birthday Old-time style: Built in 1888, Henley House is one of the significant residences on the historic trail. Photo: COLIN LUNT Still used: A freight train exits the Makarau tunnel on the northern railway line this year. Photo: COLIN LUNT Flax milling: The flax industry played a significant part in the development of Kaukapakapa during the 1870s. Second from right is William Henley of Henley House. Photo: ALAN JORDAN COLLECTION Makarau tunnel: Being dug prior to opening in 1897. Photo: ALAN JORDAN COLLECTION It was the reign of Queen Victoria, and Viscount Palmerston was British Prime Minister. The American Civil War was yet to happen and the telephone still to be invented. As the First Taranaki War began at Waitara, European settlement began in Kaukapakapa. Although Andrew Bonar arrived in 1858, Kaukapakapa as a settle- ment did not begin until 1860 with the arrival of Mr and Mrs George Dye and their son Frank, Captain William Dawson and Mrs Dawson, Mr Charles Simcock and his brother Joseph. A century and a half later, the little village of Kaukapakapa celebrates its past and present over the next few weeks. Commemorations begin with a free bowling afternoon this Saturday at the Kaukapakapa Bowling Club. A mix and mingle for settler descendants and newer arrivals is on the following Friday, November 26, in the Kaukapakapa Hall. A video presentation features histori- cal photographs collected by Alan Jordan for the 1960 centennial celebrations. Tables will have the names of roads named after settlers. Tickets for the evening are $10, which includes the first free drink and nibbles. A bar is avail- able. On Saturday the hall will be transformed for a luncheon party with more memories to be shared and a few surprises for the 150 guests. In the wider Kaukapakapa dis- trict, visitors will be able to follow a historic venue map visiting 15 sig- nificant places of interest. Another highlight is a combined church service in the Kaukapakapa Hall on Sunday. Parishioners from the Methodist Church and St Cuthbert s Presbyterian Church will arrive on foot or by horse and trap. The service will be preceded by a powhiri. An 1860s settler style family pic- nic at Sinclair Park follows in the afternoon. Contact Isla Willis on (09) 420-5114, email kaukop150@ gmail.com or visit www. kaukapakapa.org.nz for more information.<end> PROGRAMME November 20 from 1pm: Bowling at the Kaukapakapa Bowling Club. This fun bowling event is open to all. Prize for best costume. Afternoon tea and bar. November 26 from 7.30pm: Mix and mingle at the Kaukapakapa Hall. Come and meet friends, old and new, and start the weekend with a social get-together. Nibbles, refreshments and bar available. Cost $10 a person, includes nibbles and first drink. November 27 -- all day: Historic buildings and gardens open day. Have you ever wondered what was in the little village library or beautiful historic St Cuthbert s Church? Have you admired the gardens of Henley House, or where the Thompson murders happened in 1863? Visit the Sculpture Gardens at Kaipara Coast Plant Centre too. Order your map, take your car and enjoy visiting 15 places of interest in the wider Kaukapa- kapa area. November 27 from 11am: Luncheon. Come and meet senior residents of Kaukapakapa and reminisce over a delicious meal served by Alison Adams and members of the Makarau Hall Committee. November 27 from 7pm: With the old-time dance can- celled, the Kaukapakapa Hotel is organising a special 150th anni- versary roast evening. Phone (09) 420-5230 for details. Reserv- ations are essential. November 28 from 10am: Combined church service at the Kaukapakapa Hall. Join in the community thanks- giving. All welcome. Coffee served from 10am and the service starts at 10.30am. November 28 from noon: District picnic at Sinclair Park. Bring your picnic lunch and join in with a return of the popular district picnic. Running races, sack races, three-legged races, tug-of-wars and much more, including giant lolly scrambles for the children, pony rides and tasty food for sale.
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