Ka­iaua – early time line

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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.

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