Celebrating 170 years
Next week marks 170 years since the first Fencibles of Britain settled in the Howick area.
To celebrate, the Howick Club is staging a luncheon on Sunday, November 19, hosted by former Mayor of Howick Morrin Cooper.
Organised by Howick Village Business Association committee member Jenny Foster and town crier Jim Donald, the event will include respected historian Alan La Roche addressing the audience about Howick’s history.
Foster says a special birthday cake will also be cut to mark the commemoration.
‘‘We’re going to do the original Fencible Christmas cake as the birthday cake.’’
While some refer to the anniversary as the establishment or founding of Howick, Ma¯ori of the Ngai Tai iwi were already living here.
‘‘The wonderful thing about when the Fencibles arrived the Ma¯ori welcomed them. That’s a wonderful story,’’ Howick Local Board member Donald says.
The European immigrants were welcomed by two Ma¯ori chiefs, Tara Te Irirangi and Te Wheoro, who were friends of Governor George Grey, La Roche says.
‘‘They helped provide food for the Fencibles and also helped build the raupo cottages which were temporary accommodation while their wooden houses were being built. That set a pattern of good relationships with the Ma¯ori and the early settlers.’’
Donald says the luncheon ticket will also include 25 per cent off the entry fees for the monthly live day at the Howick Historical Village, which will also be held on November 19.
He adds that while they’re marking this as an important occasion, the 175th anniversary should also be looked forward to.
‘‘The three of us thought we would get together, have a luncheon and start building up for the 175th,’’ Donald says.
Limited tickets are available for the event and the three organisers encourage Howickians to book soon. Tickets are $25 and can be bought with cash only at Readaway bookstore in Picton Street, Howick, and at the Howick Historical Village in Lloyd Elsmore Park. should have completed the job by last Christmas.
‘‘They originally said the bus was going to come right in and turn and drop people right at the end of the pier.’’
It’s something that Collings had campaigned for all along, but it changed after Auckland Transport realised there would be three buses with three routes.
‘‘The plan was then, for the bus drop-off to be further back.
‘‘Now they have put it right into the terminal.’’
AT spokesman Shiraz Munshi says the acquisition of required land had not been fully completed to allow for the interchange to open at the same time as the pier.
‘‘AT will build a new bus interchange area and bus stop facilities on Ara-Tai, within a short walking distance, less than 100 metres, of the new ferry pier,’’ he says.
The new Half Moon Bay bus interchange is due to open early next year.
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Alan La Roche, Jenny Foster and Jim Donald look forward to celebrating the 170th anniversary of the arrival of the Fencibles on November 19.