Kaiaua – early time line
mittee meeting was held and Mr Walter R Peters granted one acre of land for a school building.
1920: Kaiaua Post Office was set up in the Bayview Hotel and remained there until the hotel burnt down in 1945.
An early settler, Roy Norton, came to Kaiaua in the spring of 1928 – his grandfather had been farming in the 1870s and persuaded Roy’s brother Alf to come out to New Zealand after World War I.
1930: The shores of Kaiaua were well-known for fish. Bob Cochrane came to Kaiaua and started one of the earliest fisheries. Bob and George Keith had the first chiller and sold catches from Bob’s premises.
Bob also owned the first com- mercial fishing launch.
1932: Settlers decided to build a hall at Whakatiwai. Donations were used to buy timber.
1935: Tribal committee formed for the Kaiaua Marae (Ngatipaoa Whanaunga Whakatiwai) and in the 1970s, funds were raised to purchase a dining hall.
During the depression years two camps were established at Matungarahi for the unemployed and 500 men with picks and shovels cut the road around the cliffs and finally Kaiaua had access to Auckland through Clevedon and Pokeno.