We plan this year to help Omokoroa Point School with History resources as it is 90 years since this school began in 1928.

So far Jocelyn Hicks and Colin Pettigrew have produced 5 pictures folders of early Omokoroa for classroom use and Jocelyn has talked to one of the classes.  We also are producing a large pictorial history board outlining the changes in the school history. The first Omokoroa No 2 School was the little hall at the front of the larger Settlers’ Hall.

In our meetings so far this year we have had Keith Maxwell talk about living in Omokoroa in the 1930’s. The Maxwell family farmed where Les Goldstone now lives.

We also watched a DVD made by BBC Northern Ireland who came and recorded the Irish Vesey Stewart settlement of Katikati in the 1870’s. Jocelyn Hicks and Colin Pettigrew have worked on part of an exhibition for the WBOPDC museum in Katikati called Suffrage 125.

In 1893 NZ women first gained the right to vote and Mary Ellen Freeth of Freeths Point (Plummers Point today) was one of these women. We managed to find interesting information about her.

Debbie McAuley from Tauranga library came to speak to us about several of the books she has written mainly for children which are beautifully illustrated. For example about the Rena, the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in Tauranga and the battle of Gate Pa.

We are planning another History of Omokoroa evening in the Settlers hall on September 5th at 7.00 pm as there have been many requests from new residents. We also are planning with WBOPDC to erect a sign in Holyoake Terrace about the Wall family Jersey stud farm known as Lynley Park. The family farmed there for over 90 years.

Copies of many of our resources continue to go the WBOPDC archive in Katikati so that material is always available to researchers and to the general public.

Jocelyn Hicks