Ringing in school changes

In a recent issue (MM December 13), notice was given that the old Warkworth Primary School buildings would be demolished to make way for the new. “We’re mindful that many people are emotionally attached to the school,” said Principal...... Read More

Jolly good show

In my memory, the second Saturday of February was always Waitemata Show Day, held on the Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park and generally known as the Puhoi Show. The woodchopping carnival, horse events, cattle, sheep, goat and calf club competitions, indoor...... Read More

Pioneering women

Nathaniel Wilson, second left, middle row, at the time of his golden wedding in 1913. The role played by pioneer women in the settlement of the district is to be the subject of a display at the Warkworth Museum later in 2018. Every family has a unique...... Read More

Puhoi pioneers

Paul Straka was a single man of 33 when he emigrated from Bohemia to Puhoi in 1863. Being one of the younger immigrants, he took a leading part in clearing bush to enable the settlers to begin to be self-supporting. He built a 10-ton punt to transport...... Read More

A legendary stockman

Big Bob Ross, around 1902, from the Harold Marsh collection. Robert (Big Bob) Ross was a renowned stockman in Albertland during the late 1800s and early 1900s. He was the eldest son of Robert S. Ross, who moved to Kaiwaka after working as a shepherd...... Read More

Early Innovation

The first echelon of new land owners to Mangawai* arrived after land sales of 1856. There were huge trees to contend with but logging was underway and the pioneers were folk of mighty ‘mettle’, who set about creating a lifestyle that would...... Read More

Memorable yarns

These stories were told to me by Lucy Moore, Al Hamilton, Mervyn Morrison and Frank Hudson – all old friends from the Warkworth/Kaipara flats area and all now deceased … During the First World War, spinster Phoebe Southgate lived in a villa,...... Read More

Pioneer celebrations

Puhoi has always celebrated the anniversary of the day the first pioneers arrived in the settlement on June 29, 1863. According to the calendar of the Catholic Church, the feast day of St Peter and St Paul. A church service was usually followed by a...... Read More

Troubled waters

Mangawhai breakwater in the 1990s. Mangawhai (formerly known as Mangawai) has known permanent European settlement since the mid 1850’s. Prior to that there are recorded mention of visitors coming into the harbour to collect timber for ships,...... Read More