Waiuku Museum Society Wishes to Thank…….

Waiuku Museum Society wishes to gratefully acknowledge the funding grants we have received from the Auckland City Council via Franklin Local Body Grants.

  • Support for Administration and the Newsletter in 2015
  • Washing and cleaning of historic buildings in 2018
The Maioro School
  • Hydestor storage and specialised shelving for our store room in 2018
The shelving in situ
The shelving in situ on the other side of the store room
  • Refurbishment of the lighting in museum in 2019

The Jigsaw Puzzles Are Here

Waiuku Public Hall (1)We are live with the jigsaw puzzles.  The link is below.  Here you can find all our puzzles.


For all of those that are on facebook, a new link will be posted (I can’t say how often) to highlight a particular puzzle.



Hi All,

Waiuku Museum will be closed as of today due to the COVID-19 situation.  Since New Zealand will be at Alert Level 4 for at least four weeks, the museum will be closed for at least this amount of time.

We will re-open when it is safe to do so.

If you wish to contact us please do so on waiukumuseum@gmail.com, and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as we can.


For information on the Alert Levels click the link below.


For information on how to stay safe click on the link below.


For New Zealand specific information click on the link below.



Please stay safe during this time and we look forward to seeing you when we re-open.

Newsletter – September 2019


For all those that have not seen our September 2019 newsletter, which has an aeronautical theme, the link to download it is below.

If you would like to receive the newsletter on time, you can join the Waiuku Museum.  The December 2019 Newsletter has now been released.  The link to the membership application form is also below.

Waiuku Museum Newsletter 19-09

Application Form



Photos to be Identified

Small Box 1 - Glass PlateRecently we have recently upload to archive.org (https://archive.org/details/waiuku_museum) some photos scanned from glass plate negatives that we have at the museum.  The people and places in these photos are not recorded anywhere.  This is one of the reasons we have uploaded them, so that if you recognise any people or places we would ask you kindly to let us know.  This will add to the information we have about Waiuku and its past residents.

Please take a look at the photos, you will need to scroll through them on the main screen.  Some of the photos have not scanned well, but hopefully we can still see the person or place.  The links to the photos are below:




2020 Calendars – Further Reduced

Front Cover

With the year ticking over at its usual pace.  The need for a calendar is reduced.  So why not look at 2020 calendar, not as a calendar, but as a recipe book containing thirteen vintage recipes, that have been tested in a modern home kitchen, that just happens to have a calendar in it as well.  The recipe book (2020 calendar) is $5.

If this sounds more like you, please contact us.

Digital Archive – Featured Item

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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 an information leaflet by NZ Forest Products about New Zealand’s national anthem.  It can be found at the link below:


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

A Trip to Waiuku

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In 1897 A.M.G. made a trip to Waiuku and then wrote about it in the New Zealand Herald.  Here is what was written about a trip to Waiuku.


By A. M. G.

Receiving an invitation from friends residing near Waiuku to pay them a visit and enjoy the fresh sea breeze for a few days, I accepted the invitation, picked my carpet-bag and went. The little steamer Oregon blows her whittle, and puffs away from the Ouehunga Wharf at 7.15 a.m. The water is smooth as glass, and the air warm and pleasant. There are not many passengers this morning, — about half a-dozen men and three or four ladies.   Antonio, the captain, is very attentive. He sees that this “la lish” is comfortable, and that “ladish” luggage is right. He has a pleasant word for everybody, although it is hard to know what that word is sometimes, at least I found it so. The first stopping-place is Kauri Point. Here the boat is sent ashore with a few parcels, which occupies only a few minutes in delivery when, screech goes the whistle, the paddles commence their beat, beat, making quite a commotion in the water. The next station is Awitu. There is a wharf here. The steamer gets alongside, and discharges a quantity of cargo, hay in bales, leather in rolls, mutton alive and dead, parcels, &c. Mr. Garland’s residence is a quarter-of-a-mile or so from the landing-place, and looks pretty and quiet from the river. The little steamer is doing her best to-day, and soon opposite the Pollok settlement. Goods and passengers are put ashore here, and some fresh passengers come on board. We now make straight for the Waiuku landing. Captain Antonio comes to collect the fare (only 7s 6d return ticket, available for eight days), and informs us that we shall reach Waiuku about twelve o’clock. He tells, truly, for at a quarter past twelve we are at the landing. Such a quiet little place. Some ladies and gentlemen watch us from the distance; a few Maoris stand idly about, and some boys on the look-out for luggage to carry. A fine looking little Maori takes my bag to the hotel, where I expect to meet my friends. Mr. Sedgwick, the landlord, is very courteous and attentive. Dinner is served at half-past 12: the beef is excellent and well cooked, and the cup of tea, so enjoyable after five hours in the open air, cannot be too highly praised; the bread was not so good as it might be, having been made of inferior flour. Three o’clock finds me on the high road to Maioro. Such a pleasant drive; pretty white cottages scattered here and there with a scrap of garden, and a green paddock or two attached. Mr. May’s property (recently purchased from Mr. John Wallace) lies four and a-half miles from Waiuku. The house stands a short distance from the road, in the centre of a field. Mr. May, in broad-brimmed hat and red shirt, is out with the men, preparing more land for grass. By next summer this will be one of the best farms in the district. On the left side of the road, opposite Mr. May’s, is Bothwell Park, the estate of Mr. Wallace, late of Flat Bush. This is a large property, some 1500 acres in extent. A considerable portion is in grass, and there are now several hundred acres ready for seed. Mr. Wallace has erected a large and commodious dwelling-house, which stands on a hill and overlooks almost the whole farm. The view from the verandah is magnificent — from the east side the Waikato river is to be seen for miles, the dark green of the forest beyond, shewing the water like “a silver line,” and, gleaming against the dark background, stands the little chapel where the Rev. Mr. Maunsell, in days gone by, conducted service in the Maori language, and taught the children to read in their own and the English tongue. The Mauku settlement lies toward the east. The homesteads look comfortable and the farms well stocked with cattle and sheep. Looking northward, the scenery for variety and beauty cannot be surpassed. The little village of Maioro, the Waiuku township, the river, the ranges covered with trees, the Manukau, Onehunga, One-Tree Hill, Mount Eden, Rangitoto, Mount Wellington, and all the other smaller hills lie spread out like a grand picture before you. Lost in admiration at the beauty of the scene, you experience something of the spirit which inspired the poet Cowper to write the following touching lines : —

He looks abroad into the varied field

Of nature; and tho’ poor, perhaps, compared

With those whose mansions glitter in his sight,

Calls the delightful scenery all his own.

His are the mountains, and the valleys his,

And the resplendent rivers his to enjoy

With a propriety that none can feel

But who, with filial confidence inspired,

Can lift to Heaven an eye,

And smiling say, ” My Father mills them all!’

Westward, a line of sandhills extends along the coast. Driving would be impossible over these hills, but mounted upon a good horse, it is a comparatively easy matter to ride over to the Waikato Heads, and thence along tho beach to Awitu is a most delightful ride. The beach is smooth and hard. On the flat rocks close to the cliff are pools of water. Horses not accustomed to the beach are apt to shy at these pools, and if the rider is taken unawares he may be plunged into one of them. An accident happened to a worthy clergyman living not a day’s journey from Papakura. He was riding along, meditating, no doubt, upon the sermon he was about to deliver, when, without the slightest warning, his horse sprang several feet forward, and stood still as a monument. The consequence was that the worthy pastor, to his own and the horse’s dismay, shot over the horse’s ears and dived head first into the pool. There was not much water in it, but more than sufficient to make him very uncomfortable, and the mud and sand disfigured his hat frightfully. Still, a disfigured hat was better than a broken head. Accidents of this kind are, happily, very rare. It is a splendid sigh to stand at a respectful distance and watch the waves rolling in mountains high. Now they roll, and tumble, and break into clouds of spray and foam. A few miles inland a strange is apt to mistake the sound of the waves for the train. At times the sound very much resembles the rumbling of a train in the distance.

The great want of the Waiuku and surrounding districts is a railway. A branch line could be laid between Waiuku and Pukekohe, a distance of fifteen miles, for £30,000 or £40,000. This sum, or nearly so, could be raised amongst the settlers. All are anxious either to get a railway or a large steamer on the river. The majority are in favour of a railway, and one gentleman who owns 1000 acres of land, says it would pay him to give £1 per acre towards making a railway, and he will give it with pleasure, but he never will give anything towards a steamer. I sincerely trust an effort may be made to procure a branch line of railroad. It would increase the value of property very much, and the settlers’ produce would arrive in Auckland in good order and in good time, and would then be able to compete with that from Waikato and other places. Not being one of the “lords of creation,” I cannot go fully into the matter, but at the same time I can sympathise with the people, and will rejoice greatly when I hear that the railway to Waiuku is a fact. I hope Mr. Hamlin M.H.K., and all concerned will not leave a stone unturned until they get what they want and what they ought to have. One word more before stopping on board the Oregon. I received great attention from some of the inhabitants of Waiuku. Hospitality is not wanting there. Strangers are welcomed and treated like friends. On Saturday afternoon, the farmers and their wives come in to do their marketing. Meetings are held on Saturday afternoons in connection with School Boards and Road Boards, &c.; but not one intoxicated individual is to be seen, nor a brawl heard. Such is Waiuku to the eye of a stranger.


New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Herald, Volume XVI, Issue 5425, 7 April 1879