The History group has had several interesting meetings so far this year.

In February we had a very well attended meeting at Fran Ashley’s home. Anne van Leeuwin who originally built the house came to talk about the process. She also spoke about the “Boy Roel “ and the plans to protest against the French nuclear testing at Mururoa in Tahiti.

Mary Parkinson also spoke about the WBOPDC archives based in Katikati and the work she is doing there. She is keen to have some of the Omokoroa historic pictures we have in their archives collection as well. Colin Pettigrew has worked very hard recently to sort suitable pictures to go into this collection.

In April at our AGM the committee was re-elected and plans were made for this year. Our speaker at this meeting was Rachel Darmody who is a senior archaeologist in the Tauranga NZ Heritage office. She spoke about her work over the past 16 years. This included insight into the archaeological digs which have taken place in Omokoroa with all the new development. We learnt a lot from her explanations.

In June we met at Betty Gane’s home and invited four ladies from Matakana Island to tell us about recent things happening there. Heeni Murray talked about the book she has written on the history of Matakana Island and Adelaide Ngatai spoke about “Piata Mai” which is her book describing the lives of all the residents who are now over 80 years old. This was a very successful afternoon .

Recently we gave a set of booklets which Colin Pettigrew had put together on the historic history articles we have written for the Omelette newspaper since 2009 to the Principal of Omokoroa Point School and another set to the Omokoroa library as they are useful resources for the children and the general public.

Jocelyn Hicks

President Omokoroa History Group