Matakana Vil­lage

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Back in the mid-1800s Matakana was a bustling river­side vil­lage pop­u­lar with boat builders. Steamships de­liv­ered set­tlers and their farm pro­duce from the Matakana River Wharf to Auck­land for sale, and but­ter was col­lected from the Matakana Dairy fac­tory. Dur­ing this time there was a flax fac­tory and the first sawmill was built. Ac­cord­ing to JadeRiverAHis­to­ry­oftheMahu­rangi by R H Locker, boat­builder Ge­orge Sharp, who set­tled at Matakana in 1866, would row to Auck­land once a month un­til he built a sail­ing lug­ger which he named ‘Rownomore’. Times change, and 120 years later the vil­lage was a sleepy coun­try town with a few shops, a hall, church, small meat works and a tim­ber mill. But over the past eight years the vil­lage has had a resur­gence in pop­u­lar­ity with fam­i­lies mov­ing into the area, the de­vel­op­ment of a shop­ping and cin­ema com­plex, and the pop­u­lar Satur­day Farmer’s Mar­ket open from 8am to 11am. Work has be­gun on the vil­lage’s iconic toi­lets be­side the round­about. The de­sign, by teenager St­ef­fan Haan has been de­scribed as a ‘pub­lic art­work and a us­able sculp­ture’. Con­crete will soon be sprayed on to the ply­wood forms and an ox­ide worked into the fin­ish­ing plas­ter coat to avoid the need for re­paint­ing. The vil­lage is about 7km from Wark­worth and there’s plenty of other at­trac­tions in the area in­clud­ing winer­ies and restau­rants, Mor­ris and James pot­tery, and Omaha Beach.

NEW LOOS: Work has be­gun on the hull-like toi­let block at Matakana Vil­lage.

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