Te Poi memories
Ngaire and Ernie Lepper have many wonderful memories from the time they spent living in the quaint rural town of Te Poi.
Now in the lead-up to the Te Poi District Centenary, the two committee members are looking forward to going back, meeting up with old friends and reminiscing about their time there.
The centenary will be on March 31 at the Te Poi Primary School. The day will start with an official welcome and powhiri at 10am followed by entertainment, lunch, a service at the Te Poi church and dinner at the Te Poi hall for those registered.
Mrs Lepper, born in 1938, grew up on a farm in Te Poi. She said she loved living in Te Poi because of its strong community focus.
‘‘Things were a lot different then and there was always a real sense of community. In those days you always made you own fun,’’ she said.
‘‘When it was the end of the war and there were petrol rations I remember doubling with my father on his pushbike and he would take me to school along the metal road. They were great times.’’
She met her husband-to-be in 1949 after he moved on to the original Dalton’s farm next door to her parents.
They married in the Te Poi church in 1959 and lived in Tauranga for 33 years before shifting back to Te Poi to live on her parents’ lifestyle block at the top of the Kaimai Ranges.
The block, part of the farm she grew up on, was a cattle run-off.
So far more than 350 people have registered for the reunion with 16 of them having lived in Te Poi between 1920 and 1929. Mr Lepper said he was pleased to see people of all ages registering.
‘‘We are just thrilled with the programme. It will be fantastic and the school really is the ideal place to do it,’’ he said. ‘‘The reunion will be about renewing friendships and seeing how things have changed.’’
To register phone Ngaire Ernie Lepper on 880 9577.
Reunion: Ernie and Ngaire Lepper are looking forward to the Te Poi District Centenary on March 31 that they are helping to organise.