History of Haga Haga
Haga Haga residents love their village so much that recollections, photographs and drawings have been compiled in a book Haga Haga, Jewel of the East Coast that spans nearly 500 pages. The idea to collect such stories originated with resident Phillip Connellan in 2011. “We thought it was a project worth pursuing, before the present oldies forgot what their parents and grandparents had told them of days gone by,” says another local, Betty-Lou Brown, who gathered the stories and whose husband Peter photographed the cottages. Mike Thompson gave valuable advice as he had published a book previously, while Clive Dennison was editor and publisher. In the words of contributor to the book, Allan Chapman, the stories ‘raise a smile or an eyebrow or both’. Subjects range from fishing exploits to the trips from farms to family cottages, with trucks laden with milk cows, lucerne bales, fowls and provisions. There are tales of catching fireflies in old Consol jars; bedrooms with china and wash basins; and the long-drop lavatories that often had the best views of all.
Haga Haga-Jewel of the East Coast can be ordered from Mike Thompson. 043 727 1225, math[email protected]tic.net org