Taihape has a birthday
Taihape’s birthday has been celebrated at a small ceremony in the old borough council chambers in Hautapu Street.
It was 123 years ago on September 15 that the first settlers arrived from Christchurch to begin carving out new lives in what looked like an eminently suitable sheltered basin near a stream.
Korokonui was one name that early on was associated with the area but the settlers wanted Collinsville after a Mr Collins who has among the first settlers.
However, according to the history of early Taihape, Collins himself suggested a Ma¯ori name like Hautapu for the budding settlement.
But this was rejected by the Government because the same name had already been adopted by another area.
Then Otaihape came into use but eventually the ’’O’’ was dropped, and with the approval of the authorities, Taihape it was.
At the ceremony, a birthday cake was cut by long-time Taihape resident and journalist Terry Karatau.
The gathering then sang ‘‘happy birthday’’ and signed a birthday book.
Also on display was the new Taihape town map, which is in its final draft form.
When it is finally approved it will be put on display in public venues, according to Elizabeth Mortland, Taihape Community Development Trust manager.
ALISTER BROWNE Terry Karatau does the honours at Taihape’s 123rd birthday celebration.