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.

New bus net­work, page 5


Alan La Roche, Jenny Fos­ter and Jim Don­ald look for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing the 170th an­niver­sary of the ar­rival of the Fen­ci­bles on Novem­ber 19.

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