Our December Public Meeting
Rotary Hall. Aotaki St. Otaki.
3 December 2019: 7.30 pm
Our 41st journal was launched at this meeting. A large attendance enjoyed an evening of previewing another excellent issue., partaking of a continuous supper and meeting and chatting with several of the contributors of articles.
The journal is selling well and you are urged to secure your copy via one of the several purchase options available.
Go to the journal page on this website to use one of these options.
Our Next Meeting - 4 February 2020
This meeting will be an outdoors one! We intend taking a walk through the old sanatorium grounds.
Further details to follow.
December Public Meeting
Otaki Historical Journals
The Otaki Historical Society exists to foster an interest in Otaki’s history. This is achieved mainly by publishing the annual Otaki Historical Journal, which records the town’s history through researched and contributed articles that include personal and family memoirs; researched articles about aspects of Otaki history; reprints of relevant extracts from magazines, books or historical documents; and occasionally personal opinion.
Otaki Museum is a small local museum housed in the restored 1918 BNZ building at 49 Main street, Otaki. The story of our town and its people are told through a changing programme of exhibitions. The museum is open 10am-2pm, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free. Please contact the museum 06 364 6886 to arrange group viewings.
More information about the museum and its programme of exhibitions can now be viewed at www.otakimuseum.co.nz
41 Years of History
This year we begin our fifth decade of publishing the Otaki Historical Journal. The journal has survived for so long
because it is embedded within our community. In this issue we present a variety of articles and stories from our area's past.
The Otaki area has lost many of our people this year and we have been able to honour some of them by writing about their lives. Memories are an important part of Otaki stories and in this issue we focus on the Rahui dairy factory and retail, as well as school days.
Learning and understanding history helps us build on the strength of the past to create a better future and one of the ways we see this is in the importance of centenaries. we look at two of them - the history of the museum building and the Returned Services Association. - which featured in recent exhibitions at the museum.
The stories of local campaigns to save our historical buildings and native fauna all show how the preservation of the past has value for our lives today.
With history now becoming a compulsory subject at school the journal will become an important resource for the development oa a local history curriculum. The society already supports students attending the two kura and the college in their studies of history and we hope to deepen that relationship.
Our journal exists because of those who contribute material to it in the form of articles, photographs and artwork. Then there is the small army of detectives (also known as the Otaki Historical Society committee) who wrangle the journal into print. We write,proofread and check,working with our designer and printers to create the final product.
The committee would like to thank our advertisers who sponsor the journal, and Maurice and Janice King, who distribute it. We are very grateful to the trustees of the Otaki Museum who help with information, photocopying and research space. We would also like to thank our friends and families who support us- who sometimes find themselves caught up in the process too, contributing to the historical record of this great and diverse area.
Sarah Maclean, Editor