Waiuku in the News – Waiuku Railway League Banquet

Arrival of the guests at Waiuku, which was decorated with bunting for the occasion and mustered in force to welcome the visitors.
NZ Graphic, 14 March 1908
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If the man who once raised a hornet’s nest by asking the now historic question “Where is Waiuku?” had been anywhere in the neighbourhood on Tuesday he could not have remained long in doubt. All roads led to Waiuku, and Waiuku itself was gay with bunting and full of people. To reach Waiuku, you, hare either to go by boat from the Manukau, or take train to Pukekohe and drive in the coach thirteen and a- half miles in a south-westerly direction. Waiuku thinks the time has now come when it should have railway communication with the railway line, and the more people who know it the better Waiuku will be pleased. Yesterday the Railway League had a party of Legislative Councillors and members of Parliament up from Auckland, and gave them a splendid banquet, at which the intentions of the district with regard to this railway were explained. The outing was a great success, and the movement undoubtedly received a fillip which should be most encouraging to those who are at the head of affairs. The Parliamentarians went up to Pukekohe by the express, and were met by Messrs Barter (president of the Mauku branch and chairman of the reception committee), J. Makgill (president of the Waiuku branch), J. Chalmers (president of the Pakington branch), F. E. Simpson (secretary of the Mauku branch and of the reception committee), W. Howard, H. E. R. Wily, and J. Patterson. The party was driven out in conveyances supplied by Mr Landon, of Bombay, and and Parker, of Pukekohe, and en route the hosts pointed out the country it was proposed to tap by the branch line. At Patumahoe the settlers had marked the occasion by a bright display of bunting, and here, as at several other points on the journey, the school children were lined up outside the school to give the visitors a cheer as they drove past. Mr W. F. Massey, the member for the district, gave a short address from the steps of the hotel to the residents.

Passing by the pretty little Mauku church, which figured prominently in a stirring incident of the Maori war, and Bald Hill, where an engagement was fought, the party was driven on to the farm oi Mr Grimmer, from the hill at the back of whose homestead a wonderful panorama unrolls itself on every hand. Away to the north the peaks of One Tree Hill, Mount Eden, and the many other hills mark the position of Auckland city, with familiar old Rangitoto’s triple crown in the background. At one’s feet winds an arm of the broad Manukau right up to Waiuku’s doorstep. Away to the east runs the undulating country studded with farms. The western horizon is a long, wavy line of the near-by sand hills of the West Coast. Turning to the south, there, almost at the foot of the hill we are standing on, the broad Waikato River flows round the Raglan ranges to join the sea at Port Waikato, which is indicated by a gap in the sand dunes towards the south. Between us lies the Aka Aka swamp and the Otau swamp, which are now worth more pounds an acre than they were shillings a few years ago, before drainage works were undertaken. On every hand rolls the farm-studded country, which is a revelation to the Aucklander who sees it for the first time. In spite of the drought, it still has a prosperous look, and seen in the spring time, clothed in living green, it is indeed a sight to feast the eyes upon. The visitors quite appreciated the eagerness of the Waiuku people for railway communication after gazing on the view from Grimmer’s Hill.

As the party drove over the bridge at the entrance to the township, the Waiuku Band, under Mr Chandler, struck up, and all Waiuku assembled to welcome the visitors. A liberal show of flags strung across the main street completed the evidence that Waiuku regarded the visit as something to be remembered. There was a very large gathering of the residents of the township and the settlers from the out-districts mustered in great strength. It was two o’clock when the party sat down to a sumptuous banquet in the Public Hall, catered for by Mr Molloy, of the Kentish Hotel. The reception committee—Messrs Shakespeare, A. M. Barriball, E. Barriball, Rossiter, Pilgrim, Barter, Howard, Cotter, McElwain, Chalmers, Dromgool, Albrecht, and Simpson — had made the most complete arrangements, which went off without a hitch.

Mr Barter presided, and seated at his table were Messrs Massey, Bollard, Lawry, Poole, Lang, Lethbridge, Kidd, of the House of Representatives; Major Harris and Mr Beehan, of the Upper House; Mr Garland, of the Farmers’ Union; and Mr Dick, of the Agricultural Association. There were about a hundred guests in all. The hall was nicely decorated, and the excellent manner in which Mr Molloy carried out everything explained the popularity of his well-kept house. After the King’s health had been honoured, Mr Albrecht toasted the New Zealand Legislature.

Major Harris, in the course of his reply, reminded the Waiuku people that the Main Trunk line would soon be completed, and there would then be released something like £300,000 a year, so they should lose no time in bringing forward the claims of their line. They should not worry about the route just now. Let that

settle itself, or the Government would lock up its pockets and tell the people that when they had settled the question of route it would come in and do something. If there were factions, the Government would work one against the other, and so the thing would be hung up indefinitely.
Mr Beehan promised to support the Auckland members in any matter that would help on the line, because he could see it would be a paying concern right from the very start. The land was good, and the people were prosperous. When they saw that they had the support of the Leader of the “Opposition (Mr Massey) and the chief Government whip (Mr Kidd), he thought it augured well for the chances of Waiuku having its wishes satisfied.

Mr Lawry believed in opening up new country, but he also thought it was the duty of the Government to run railways through settled and prosperous country like that they had seen that day, where the settlers had gone through the stress of pioneering and now wanted better communication with the city. He pledged his vote for the line, even should it be made a Government question. Irrespective of party, he would vote with with their member for their railway.

Mr. Barter in proposing the toast “Our Guests,” remarked on the fact that the visitors represented every shade of political opinion, and from the general support they all gave the line he drew hope for the success of the League’s aims the near future. Next time the membes came he would not be drawn over a dusty road by tired horses, but would ride comfortably in railway carriages drawn by the iron horse.

Mr Lethbridge (the member for Oroua) strongly advised the League not to wait until the main trunk line was completed before pressing their claims. What they wanted to do was to go right ahead and get their line authorised. That in itself took time, and in the interval the Government was going on spending large sums of money in the South. Get the line authorised as soon as possible, and don’t wait for any main trunk or any other line to be completed, was his advice. If they did wait they would never get the line.

Mr Lang, in assuring the people of his support and sympathy, said it seemed a very easy line to construct, and from what he had seen on the drive across he had no doubt it would be a profitable one. Mr Poole spoke of the inter-dependency of the city and suburbs, and gave the line his hearty support although a city member. He had always been convinced of the desirability of the spur line as a factor in the development of a country, and they could always count on his support of this line, because it would give the country people a chance to get their produce to market and also because it would help towards the prosperity of Auckland city by bringing the settlers into closer touch.

Mr Bollard mentioned that he had been in favour of the line for the past five-and-twenty years. No person could pass through the country as they had and not be impressed with the enormous advantage it would be to have a connection with the railway. It would undoubtedly pay from the start, and there were no engineering difficulties to be met with. He strongly advised the people of that district to see that they got their share of the £300,000 that would be available when the Main Trunk line was through.

Mr Massey, the member for the district, who met with a particularly hearty reception from his constituents, gave the toast of the Railway League. He reminded the members of the League that they had taken up a very important duty, and it was one which required no ordinary time and energies to carry to the successful conclusion he thought it would be carried. They had certainly made a good start. He had never seen the country look worse owing to the want of rain, yet any practical man who had gone over the district as the party had would be able to see at a glance that the land was excellent — in fact, none better. It was all settled and taken up by hard-working settlers, and the line would well repay making. The proposal was not a new one. A railway to Waiuku had been agitated for nearly thirty years, and it was time the desires of the people were realised. There were no engineering difficulties in the way, and he believed the connection could be made for £50,000. Surely the Government could spare £50,000 for such a line when they could spend half a million for a big tunnel in the South! They must also remember that the district was not half opened up yet. There was the Aka Aka swamp and the Otau swamp — thirty thousand acres — which would not be at its best for the nest ten years. Then there was what was known as the “Sand Hills”—some of the finest fattening country in the place. There was plenty of good land all about there, and the people felt their time had come, and that when the next authorisation bill came down their line should be included. The Auckland members had not had the best reputation for pulling together, but he wished to acknowledge that that was not his experience. When he had wanted the support of his

fellow members it had always been forthcoming freely, not only from his own party, but from those who — should he say misguidedly — followed the Government. He felt sure that would be his experience with the Waiuku railway. His advice to the League was, “Pull together and do not raise the question of route,” Mr Makgill, who replied, reminded his hearers that twenty-eight years. ago a favourable report was made on the railway and working plans were prepared, but still nothing had been done. The people had waited patiently, but nothing had come of it. They were now going to agitate and fight for their line with an absolutely united front. They had been patient too long, and they now intended to become a very impatient people until they got that to which they were entitled. Last year they sent a very large deputation to Wellington and this year they intended to send a very much larger one. They had the population and produce in the district to make the line a profitable one, and they felt they were more than justified in their demands. It was said they already had access to the city very much in advance of that enjoyed by many other districts, but the trouble lay in the number of handlings which the means of transport rendered necessary. At the very best their stuff had to be handled no less than three times. That was a terrible handicap in competing with other districts, and he hoped to see it removed in the near future. Their guests were practical men, and could see what the district could do if they had proper means of access to the markets of the city.

Mr Kidd, who toasted the Local Bodies, aid it was very encouraging to see the interest the line was exciting among people of such widely different political views. They could approach the question entirely apart from party politics, and, in fact, he saw a great hope of the success .of the proposed line.
Messrs Barriball, Chalmers and Howard replied, and the last toast on the list, that of the Press, was proposed by Mr Rossiter.

The visitors were then driven back to Pukekohe by the Packington road, to give them an opportunity of seeing more of the country. They were most hospitably entertained by the League, and spent a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Auckland Star, Volume XXXIX, Issue 56, 5 March 1908, Page 7

After the banquet: Re-embarking for the return journey
NZ Graphic, 14 March 1908
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The fair sex took great interest in the visit, and, after host Molloy’s tempting dinner had been discussed , many of them went in to hear the speeches.
NZ Graphic, 14 March 1908
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Waiuku in the News – Outrages

A correspondent, writing from Waiuku, says -.—”There have been several outrages committed in this neighbourhood during the list few days. My neighbour, Mr. John Dromgool, a most energetic settler, has had one of his working bullocks shot dead and another at Kohekohe has had his horse shot; and I have had a two-year-old steer worried to death and eaten by a neighbour’s dogs, at Maioro. I trust that, at the next meeting of the Provincial Council, our member, Mr. E. Hamlin, will bring in such a bill as will tax the neighbourhood to compensate the victims in such, cases. Such a law was in force where I came from — Ireland. Each one would there have an interest in protecting his neighbours’ property against such dastardly cowardice. If wanton destruction of property is allowed to go on without a check being put to it, shooting men I suppose will be the next. I would be glad to see such low cowards as the perpetrators of these outrages must be, brought to justice and made an example of.”

Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXVII, Issue 4344, 18 July 1871, Page 3 https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/EP18710725.2.7
Evening Post, Volume VII, Issue 143, 25 July 1871, Page 2

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Waiuku in the News – Opening of Aka Aka School

Group taken at the opening of a new school at Aka Aka, Auckland, by Mr. Massey )leader of the opposition). June 3 1907.
Auckland Weekly News 13 June 1907
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(From Our Own Correspondent)
The official opening of the new Aka Aka School, at Waiuku, took place on Monday. amidst a garnering of upwards of 200 persons. The grounds were gaily decorated with, nikaus and flags, and the Waiuku. Brass Band, under Bandmaster Chandler,.were present to enliven the proceedings with music. At three p.m. Mr. C. T. Barriball, a member of the Board of Education, arrived, accompanied by Mr. W. F. Massey, that a deputation, consisting of himself and M.H.R. Mr. Barriball, in opening the proceedings, said that they had met under most favourable circumstances, the school on the Aka Aka now being an accomplished fact. It has. not, however, been without difficulties, as, after the contract had been let the timber for building arrived at Waiuku at the time of the flood, and it was some considerable time before it could be placed where required. Had it been there just before the flood, possibly it might have been lost. He had done his best, and had succeeded in getting a school large enough for 50 scholars, as the place was going fast ahead. He asked Mr. Massey to formally, open the school.
Mr. Massey, who was received with applause, said he was pleased to see the people in this district take so much notice of educational matters, it was a matter which, he felt greatly interested in. He wished to see it possible for a child to go from our small schools to a university.
The Rev. Harrison, secretary of the local school committee, said it was owing to the energy of Mr. Barriball and Mr. Massey that they had got the school so quickly, and he had much pleasure in congratulating the people and the scholars. A deal of thanks was also due to Mr. S. Ridgley a member of the committee, who has been most energetic.
A hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Massey for coming to open the school brought that part to a close. An adjournment was then made to the school, in which, tables were ladened with all kinds of delicacies, the committee of ladies responsible for this part of the proceedings deserving great credit. In the evening a social took place, and was attended by a large number, everything passing off without a hitch.
The Waiuku Mounted Rifles go into camp at Clevedon on Saturday next for their yearly training. An advance party leaves here on Friday.
A public meeting is announced to take place at Waiuku on Saturday, 8th, in connection with the Railway League. Mr W.. F. Massey is to be present. Considerable interest is taken here in this movement. https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/AS19070605.2.41.1
Auckland Star, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 133, 5 June 1907, Page 3

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Waiuku in the News – Prize Hoggets

First Prize Pen of Three Ewe Hoggets
Auckland Weekly News 24 November 1899
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Lincolns first engage the attention. They are equally as good as the class shown last year, but do not excel it. Mr. J. R. McElwain, of Waiuku, scored heavily with his fine sheep, and in rams he secured the championship with a large-framed sheep, bred by himself. The winner’s wool is a little weak on the back, but elsewhere he is extra wel woolled. The same exhibitor was also very successful with his young stock got by a champion ram bred by Mr. C. T. Barriball here were four entries for pen of three rams under 18 months, and the excellence of the exhibits may be gauged from the fact that the judges awarded three prizes, the first going to Mr, McElwain, the second to Mr. F. B. Seddon, of Gorton, and the third to Mr. Luke Ballard, of Drury. The champion secured first place in the next class (rams over 18 months), and Messrs, Seddon and Ballard were second and third respectively. These two appeared to give the judge a lot of trouble, as they were so very even, and before he made his final selection he had them together three or four times. In the rams under 18 months Mr. Simpson again picked on the same type that met with his approval in the two preceding classes, and the first went to Mr. McElwain’s exhibit, an attractive ram of good frame and wool. The second prize was carried of by the same owner with an almost equally good ram, but showing a little weakness in the neck. Mr. Seddon’s entries, two good useful sheep, secured third place and a highly commended. For the class ram under 18 months shown in the wool, and then shorn in the presence of the judges before the final award was made, there was but one entry penned, it young ram bred by Mr. McElwain. The fleece was a remarkably good one, turning the scale at 271b, and the judge awarded a pink card. Mr. Elwain was also successful in ewes 18 months or over, suckling lamb.

Mr. Storey’s pens secured the other two cards (a second and commended) awarded in this class. All three placed ewes had particularly nice lambs. Mr Luke Ballard was the only exhibitor in pen of three ewes suckling lambs. The judge showed his approval by not only awarding a first but also chose the champion ewe from Mr Ballard’s pen. Mr. Ballard has been breeding for the last ten years, and well deserves this, his first success. He began with ewes from Mr. Baird, of Otahuhu, and Mr. Robert Hall, of One-tree Hill, and got his rams from Withall and Overtoil, Canterbury, and this year he imported from Tanner’s flock. Again in pen of 10 owes under 18 months Mr. Ballard exhibited as good a pen as could be seen in the colony. They are a splendid lot, showing general excellence, with scarcely a fault, and the only pity is there was no competition. Mr. McElwain’s exhibit annexed first honours in pen of three ewes under 18 months, Mr. Ballard being second, and Mr. James Harris commended. Mr. J.Barugh, of the Waikato, who was very successful at the Hamilton show, had several entries, but failed to secure a card.


New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXVL, Issue 11223, 18 November 1899, Page 6

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Sinking of the Orpheus

New Zealand Graphic, 7 June, 1890, p1
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Yesterday (Sunday) morning, at an early hour, the inhabitants of Auckland were horrified by the appalling intelligence that Her Majesty’s ship Orpheus, for some time back expected on this station, had been totally wrecked in attempting to cross the Manukau bar; and with the awful loss of one hundred and eighty-five souls out of a ship’s company mustering two hundred and fifty-six officers, seamen, boys, and marines.

The Orpheus (a fine new corvette of 21 guns, 1706 tons, 400 horse power) sailed from Sydney on the 31st January, and, after a fair passage, under canvas, fetched the land off the Manukau Heads on Saturday at noon. The ship was at that time under all plain sail and within eight miles of the entrance, the signal flying on Paratutai. “Take the bar,” — Commodore Burnett and the Master being at that time on the bridge. Steam was got up at once, the Commodore determining to go in; the lead was kept going, a sharp look out was observed, the ship steering East until 1 p.m., and then N.E. by E., the Nine Pin Rock on with Paratutai, being in accordance with Drury’s sailing directions in the Hew Zealand Pilot. At 1:20, the ship bumped slightly, but still went ahead; at 1:30, however, she struck hard, and orders were given to back astern full speed. The engines never moved; the ship fell off to the rollers, the sea knocking away her stern post, port bulwarks and boats, and making a clean sweep over all. The wind was from about S.W. to W. S. W., a stiff breeze, with occasionally puffs. In this dismal plight, Commodore Burnett, whose coolness and decision was the theme of admiration among his officers and men, gave orders to Mr. Fielding, midshipman, to take a cutter with the records, ship’s books, and other articles; but, on losing sight of her, fearing that she was swamped, the pinnace was got out, and, with Lieutenant Hill, Mr. Amphlett, Paymaster, (formerly of Dido and Niger , and well known and esteemed in Auckland) dis patched to her assistance, with instructions to push on afterwards to the Heads, in the vain hope of obtaining relief through White’s Life Boat, known to be stationed there, but, alas! without a crew to launch or to man her. It was an awful; moment; but it is gratifying to know that even in this extremity all hands, officers and men, spoke in praise of each other, and of their gallant Chief, who expressed a determination to be the last to quit the wreck.

After the pinnace had left, the launch was got over the side with forty men to lay out anchors, in the hope of making grapplings fast to haul into smooth water. The ebb-tide, unhappily, swept her under the bows, where she was stove, and nearly all on board, including Lieut. Jekyll, were drowned.

The pinnace, meanwhile, continued her course towards the heads, descrying the steamer Wonga Wonga, outward bound for Wellington; the anxiety was intense, as the Wonga Wonga went round and round, and nearly out of sight. Mr. Amphlett at length succeeded in reaching the pilot boat, and came up with H.M. ship Harrier at 10:30 p.m. The Wonga Wonga anchored, and the few survivors were transferred to her from the boats of the Orpheus that had been got afloat. Had White’s life boat been able to be launched and manned, we are informed upon good authority, that most of the ill-starred seamen might have been saved. If she neither can be launched or manned, of what use is it to suffer so fine and expensive a boat to rot piecemeal on a barren headland. This is a point which should be determined forthwith. It is hard for any pilot to have the presumed means of safety in his charge; it is still more deplorable with such means in existence that they should be left as inoperative as the flinty cliffs on which they are falling to decay.

To return: — The heavy guns broke adrift, about 5.30 p.m., tearing up the upper deck, and driving the people to the tops, the rollers becoming longer and heavier. The masts stood firmly, untill the flood tide made at about 6.30, p.m., they then began to go, and the ship parted in halves, the rollers breaking into the tops. When the masts went the crew gave three cheers, as if taking farewell of life. Commodore Burnett and the young gentlemen were in the mizen-top; all perished except Mr. Barkly, son of the Governor of Victoria. Commander Burton, Mr. Strong, sailing-master, and Lieut. Mudge, who were in the main-top, were lost. The men who were saved succeeded in getting down the jib-stay on to the jib-boom, dropping from thence into smooth water, where they were picked up. Many of the survivors are badly wounded, having legs and arms broken, and bodies bruised and maimed by the guns and falling spars.

A dispatch from Commander Sullivan, H.M.S. Harrier, which was received on Saturday at midnight, informed His Excellency the Governor of this disastrous event. With the utmost promptitude the Military authorities took measures to render every possible assistance, — Colonel Gamble, Quarter-Master General, D.A.C.G. Chislett, Mr. Hamley, Ordnance Department, with six ambulance waggons, tents, five hundred blankets, and other requisites, setting out for Onehunga. The steamer Avon was unable to start from that port in consequence of some of her machinery being in the hands of Messrs. Vickery & Masefield. This was at once obtained, sent off, and fitted, and the Avon, in charge of Mr. Hunt, with Captain Jenkins, H.M.S. Miranda, started yesterday at 2 a.m. On reaching the Heads not a vestige of the wreck was to be seen. The Wonga Wonga, which was on her way to Onehunga, on meeting the Avon transferred the rescued seamen to that vessel, and proceeded on her Southern voyage. Harrier got under weigh on Sunday, at 4 a.m., but having grounded, had to wait the flood tide, and did not get fairly away until nearly 3 p.m., about which hour the Avon had got back.

The Avon went at once alongside the Onehunga Wharf, and every care and attention was paid to the wounded, His Excellency Governor Sir George Grey, Lieutenant-General Cameron, Major McNeill, Drs. Mouatt and Temple, with Messrs. Hamley, Chislett, and several other officers, being present.

We appened a list of the officers saved and lost. Those saved were: —

Lieutenants Hill and Young; Mr. Amphlett, Paymaster; Midshipmen, Barkly, (son of Sirs Henry Barkly, Governor of Victoria), Fielding, Hunt; Boatswain, Mason; Carpenter, Beer; 61 lsailors and marines.

Officers drowned : — Commodore W. F. Burnett; Commander R.H. Burton C.B.; Lieutenants Mudge, A. Jeykill, D. Yonge; Lieutenant Hill, Royal Marine Artillery; Rev. Charles Haslewood, Chaplain and Naval Instructor; W. D. Strong, Master; Dr, Clarkson, (late of H. M. S. Fawn) ; M. Coates, Assistant Surgeon; W. Stephens; Chief Engineer; W. Giliam, Secretary; A.I Johnston, Assistant Paymaster; W. T, Taylor Second Master; Midshipmen, F.D. Jerningham, W. A. Huddlestone, A. R. Mabel, T.H. Broughton, G.H. Vener, R. G. Fairfax, J. J. Tozer, Master’s Assistant; Aylen, Assistant Clerk; J.H. Adams, Engineer; Vickery, Miller and Adamson, Engineer’s Assistants; W. Hudson, Gunner.

Yesterday evening, just as the sun was setting the last honours were paid to the gallant Commodore, a salute of eleven minute guns .being fire from H. M. Ship Miranda. A more lamentable shipwreck than this has never occurred on this part of the New Zealand coast. It has aroused universal sympathy; there is a very commendable desire on the part of our fellow-citizens to give a becoming expression to their sentiments on the mournful occasion. Officers and men have lost everything. They are naked and penniless, many very severely wounded. The Government, as a matter of course, will do their duty; but there are little comforts which the Government cannot be expected to provide, but which the public may. For that purpose a meeting will be held at the Mechanics’ Institute this morning, at 10 o’clock, sharp, as the Miranda sails for Sydney in the course of the morning. Auckland has never failed whenever any work of kindness or benevolence was required, and on no occasion has it been more requisite than now. We need but call attention to the fact that such a meeting is to be held, to feel satisfied that the work will be well and faithfully performed.


New Zealander, Volume XIX, Issue 1789, 9 February 1863, Page 3

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Waiuku in the News – The Damage at Waiuku

The Recent Severe Gale at Waiuku: The Effect of the Gale on a Grove of Pine Trees
Taken from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News 19 July 1906 p004
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The gale which passed over Waiuku on Tuesday travelled from west to east, apparently in a straight line, the main force being confined to about 100 yards in width. The chief damage was on the farm of Mr. A. M. Barriball, about a-quarter of a mile from the township, the line of the gale being right across his property. In one place 27 large pines were smashed clean off, about 15ft from the ground, one being blown for a considerable distance, breaking through the side of a barn. The paddocks are strewn with trees, even thorn edges and fruit trees being uprooted. Mr. Hood’s shop was unroofed, the roofing being scattered for over a-quarter of a, mile. Mr. J. Roberts had the corner of his dwelling carried away, and a sheet of iron came through the roof, Mrs. Roberts having a very narrow escape. The roof of his cowshed was also carried away, and has not yet been found. Mr. A. Hull had his cowshed and hayshed unroofed, some of the iron being carried half-a-mile. Mr. A. J. Barriball’s stable collapsed, and Mr. H. Johnstone’s new stable in the course of erection was blown down. The fences have received considerable damage. The gale was the severest ever experienced there, and numbers of people have visited Mr. Barriball’s paddock to see the trees that are strewn about. The gale raged during the night, and the weather still remains rough.


New Zealand Herald, Volume XLIII, Issue 13227, 12 July 1906, Page 5

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Waiuku in the news – Waipipi

A Settler’s Residence at Waipipi
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Waipipi is a district in the Manukau peninsula, and has communication by steamer with Onehunga. Along the Pacific Coast runs a barrier of hills, against the base of which the ocean is always breaking with dull continuous murmur, which sometimes swells into a thunderous roar.

The best of the land lies at the base of the hills, on the harbour side, and much of this is owned by runholders, who use it for pastoral purposes, fattening droves of bullocks and flocks of sheep for the Auckland market. The rest of the land, right up to the arm of the harbour called Waiuku Creek is occupied by small holders — almost all freehold — in lost varying from 30 to 200 acres. In the lower part of the district there is a Maori settlement, where resides Mr. Henare Kaihau, M.H.R.

The freehold system (which obtains, as was stated, among the European settlers) has undoubtedly had the effect of encouraging industry and steadiness among the population. To show what a well ordered community it is, I may mention that one policeman only — and he more than half civilian — is required to keep order throughout the whole peninsula. Many of the smaller farmers of Waipipi are Irishmen, who were attracted thither from the Cape of Good Hope, some thirty years ago, being offered five acres of land a piece, and Government employment on public works. The public works soon gave out, and a number of the five-acre men surrendered their holdings, and went either gold-mining or gum-digging to obtain a livelihood. Those who remained acquired the lots of the others, in addition to their own, and so laid the foundations of prosperous and independent homes.

These men are a credit to the much abused country from which they originally came, and they quite hold their own with those of nationalities, without losing the warm genial nature characteristic of the Celt. One of their homesteads is illustrated, and this is quite typical of the rest. There is none of the distressing appearance of poverty which used to be apparent in the rack-rented Ireland. The chief industry is dairy-farming, the milk being sent to the creamery, of which two illustrations are given. This is situated in a highly picturesque spot (the photograph doesn’t do it justice). The mill stream coming down from the hills tumbles over the old wooden wheel, and winds through a deep dark fern gully, filled with primeval bush. The settlers are shown bringing their milk in carts of sledges, which are a good deal used in the hilly parts of the district.

The milking is begun with at early dawn, and factory has ceased working almost before people sit down to their breakfast. In spite of low prices, the farmers make a decent living, and a large number from the smallest beginning have acquired fine properties. There is an air of quiet well-being and honest independence among the people, which is most gratifying to an observer. There is the pleasure of looking at well-fenced paddocks, well-fed cows, strong horses drawing good American ploughs through the light sandy soil, and preparing crops. There is enjoyment of sober and contented households, which fear neither land-lord nor bailiff. There is — in the primeval bush — the keen gratification of one’s sense of beauty watching the graceful nikau palms, the bold, yet delicate tracery of the tree ferns, and grotesque intertwining of the supplejacks.

One Sunday evening, last summer O thought the very acme of peace and beauty was reached, as I watched the people assemble about the rustic little chapel, waiting till an appointed one of their number should arrive to lead their devotions at the rosary.

Another Ireland, thought I, under a southern skt!

Caelum, non animum mutant, qui trans mare currunt.

(They change their skies, but not their hearts, who sail across the sea.)

Auckland Weekly News 08 December 1899

Creamery at Waipipi
(Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-18991208-6-1)
Bush Scene at Mr. Gleeson’s Property at Waipipi
(Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-18991208-6-3)

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Digital Archive – Featured Item

Waiuku museum has selected items from the collection and archive available online at https://archive.org/details/waiuku-museum

Today’s featured item from this digital archive is a cook book.  It is Tamakae Reserve Information, a leaflet made by the Waiuku Museum Society to give information about the reserve and the buildings owned by the museum on it.  It can be found at the link below:


Take a look at the other items that are also available.