History - Snapshots of the Olympics

The museum at Mangawhai is constantly working hard to find ways in which to keep the doors open every day – as I’m sure all museums do during this most strange time in history where we are living during a pandemic. In our Special Exhibition...... Read More

History - Fascinated by the fleet

In August 1925, the American Battle Fleet visited Australia and New Zealand, marking the alliance between America and the British Empire. Albertland photographer Harold Marsh was enthusiastic about all things military, having been a lieutenant in the...... Read More

History - Founding of Morrison’s orchard

Edward Morrison was born in Auckland in 1850, eight years after his parents, Janet and John Morrison, had arrived on the Jane Gifford from Scotland. His father bought land on the western banks of the Mahurangi River when land was opened up for sale in...... Read More

History - Wharehine’s summer game

The earliest known records of cricket in Wharehine were in a settler’s diary for 1865 and 1866.  Considering the first Albertlanders only arrived in 1862, and were busy carving out their first homes, it was surprising how quickly they formed...... Read More

History - Retail therapy in early Puhoi

To shop local in Puhoi in the early 20th century, settlers had a choice of three stores: C. Schischka and Son, Schollum and Titford and Wenzlick and Co. I suspect each resident was staunchly loyal to their regular proprietor. Everything imaginable was...... Read More

History - Tales of the old Post Office

Before the reforms in the 1980s, the Post Office was an important part of every town. In Warkworth, the Post Office was housed in the building now occupied by Mahurangi Matters and Tailor Made Computers. Harry Best worked there from 1935 to 1956 as telegraphist,...... Read More

History - Punting perils

From the 1860s, punts were the workhorses of the Kaipara. Their flat bottom design was ideal for negotiating the harbour’s shallow, muddy inlets. Every family had at least one to transport people, goods, livestock and building materials, and even...... Read More

History - Grave concerns

Early in Puhoi’s existence, the 10 acres on the point of land between Ahuroa Road and Puhoi River was set aside for the cemetery. It was not until 1892 that trustees were elected to draw up a set of 28 bylaws to ensure its smooth running. Before...... Read More

History - Gardening in early Mangawhai

Thinking of gardening and landscaping in the days of our early settlers brought to mind the many difficulties they had to face. For a start, most of our new arrivals had the task of cutting down thick bush that covered their allotments. Having supported...... Read More

History - Ghosts of a kauri forest past

I am sure that many New Zealanders have often tried to visualise the historic cover of our modified landscape. Around Warkworth and the Mahurangi district this is not difficult to imagine, as there is still much evidence to show that the land was once...... Read More