Tai­hape has a birth­day

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - TAIHAPE - ALIS­TER BROWNE

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.

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