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HAWKES BAY
CHRONOLOGY
A Huge collection of transciptions from Hawkes Bay , Poverty Bay Newspaper
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A chronology of events mentioned in the book
"Hawke's Bay for the Happy Wanderer"
1993 edition
Maui uses Te Matau to pull te ika from sea (p.187).

Tauhara loses battle with Tongariro and moves to Taupo (p.76).

Taniwhas Hinekorako and Ruamana guage out Hangaroa and Ruatikuri Rivers(p.50).

Massive slips form lakes at Tutira (p.25) and Kuripapango (p.127).

Circa 170 AD Cataclysmic eruption from Taupo Moana (p.70). Takitimu canoe travels down East Coast (p.43).

ca. 1150 Awanui a Rangi living at Otatara (p.234).

ca. 1250 People living near Porangahau (p.194) and further north (p.202). ca. 1500 Tupurupuru killed at Turanga (p.67).

ca. 1550 Ngati Kuhungunu under Taraia invade Hawke's Bay (p.235); Ngati Tatara hold domain from Maungaharuru to the sea (p.35); Ngati Hinehika firmly established in upper Wairoa (p.49). Important pa flourishes at Aropaoanui (p.8); Rongokako driven from Kahuranaki (p.185).

ca. 1700 Kuripapango killed (p.127); small settlements scattered around Te Whanganui o Orutu (p.16).

1769 Cook sails along coast (p.195), and back (p.237)

1773 Cook visits Pourerere (p.200), deposits poultry and pigs.

Early 1800's Tauranga Koau at Lake Tutira a fortified pa (p.26).

1824 Otiere pa stormed by Waikato (p.17).

1827 D'Urville sails along coast (pp.188, 195).

1838 Rangaiika Whaling Station set up (p.192).

Early 1840's Whaling station established at Whakaari (p.2).

1842 Bishop Selwyn walks from Aropaoanui to Wairoa (p.6).

1843 William Colenso visits Waimarama (p.195).

1844 William Morris whaling from Whakaari (p.3); William Colenso settles near Awatoto (p.147).

1845 William Colenso attempts to cross Ruahines (p.147), and also walks to Porangahau with Archdeacon Williams (p.204); whaling station set up at Waimarama (p.195).

1846 Mrs. Colenso walks from Napier to Wairoa to have baby (p.6).

1847 William Colenso walks to Tarawera (p.61); and crosses Ruahines (p.148); J. Northwood and H.Tiffen start grazing sheep at Pourerere (p.200).
1851 Donald McLean at Mohaka to buy land (p.6); William Colenso walks to Kuripapango (p.117).

1852 Sheep grazing starts at Waimarama (p.1 95)

1854 Tuckers take up Ashcott (p.157); John Chambers purchases Te Mata (p.179); Chapman brothers farm at Mangakuri (p.1 99); Herbert family settle south of Cape Turnagain (p.204); Rev. S.Williams canoes up Manawatu Gorge; Te Aute College founded (p.228).

1856 Rhodes brothers lease Cape Kidnappers (p.187).

1858 G.G.Carlyon buys Gwavas (p.142).

1859 Pukehou church built (p.170).

1860's Early attempts to farm hill country in Mohaka region (p.46); township planned at Cape Turnagain (p.205).

1860 Coastal bridle track cut from Napier to Wairoa (p.6).

1861 Major-General Whitmore starts farm at Rissington (p.'79);

J.G.Gordon takes over Cape Kidnappers (p.187)
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1862 John McKinnon settles at Aropaoanui (p.1 1).

1863 Earthquake in Rissington area (p.79).

1864 Charles Weber becomes Provincial Engineer (p.213).

1866 Military engagements at Petane and Omarunui (p.67).

1869 Captain Tanner to Mohaka with soldiers (p.6); work starts on Napier -Taupo road (p.6l); soldiers killed at Opepe (p.76).

1870 small gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers (p.188); 2000 wild pigs killed at Waimarama (p.195).

1870's Pit sawing industry at Opepe (p.75); graziers fires in Kaweka Range (p.102)
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1871 Seventy Mile Bush bought by Crown (p.154); narrow road cut through Manawatu Gorge (p.228).

1872 S.S. 'Hovding' arrives with 400 Norwegions (p.173); village of 'Daneverk' built (p.207).

1873 J.Coleman and A.McHardy purchase 'Blackhead' (p.200).

1874 Coach service starts between Napier and Taupo (p.6 1); Rosvalls settle at Makaretu (p.161).

1875 Ongaonga schoolhouse built (p.1 57); Manawatu River bridged above Gorge (p.231).

1878 Eucalyptus trees planted as navigational aid (p.79).

1880 Gold mine in Mohaka Valley (p.66).

1880's Subdivision of land for settlement at Puketitiri (p.105); 'Sentry box' hut on Poporangi Station (p.1 40).

1881 Coach road reaches Kuripapango (p.112); James Barlow takes up land at Makaroro (p.149).

1882 H.Guthrie-Smith settles at Tutira (p.24).

1884 Morere Hot Springs discovered (p.54); Whitnell hut built (p.144).

1885 Garrisons removed from Napier-Taupo Road (p.6 1)

1886 Wool prices start to recover (p.24)

1887 5.5. 'Go Ahead' wrecked at Whakapau (p.1 92); copper discovered in southern Ruahines (p.226).

1888 Whittles settle at Puketitiri (p.9 1); Maharahara Mining Co. in southern Ruahines (p.226).

1890's James Orr farming at Little Bush (p.87); rabbits spread to Blowhard (p. 117); Apiti track started (p.174); electricity at Mokopeka (p. 181); trout hatchery established near Dannevirke (p.209).

1890 Jack Ball moves to Puketitiri (p.106); Howlett builds hut in Ruahines (p.162); Gottfried Lindauer moves to Woodville (p.224).

1891 Railway through Manawatu Gorge opened (p.228).

1893 Morere Springs in use (p.54); H.B. - Taihape coach road opened (p.112).

1894 Aramoana homestead built (p.201).

1897 Severe flooding; Patangata bridge washed away (p.196).

1899 Napier-Tutira-Wairoa road formed (p.7); Hotel at Te Pohue (p.63); Clifton homestead burnt down (p.187); Waihi Falls Scenic Reserve gazetted (p.2 13).

1900 Copper discovered in central Ruahines (p.172).

1901 Kuripapango Hotel burnt down (p.112).

1902 Howletts honeymoon in Ruahines (p.1 62).
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1903 First car drives over Napier-Taupo Road (p.62).

1904 Drama at Whitnell Hut (p.144).

1905 Sika deer liberated in Oamaru valley (p.72); sheep removed from Kaweka Range, rabbits abundant (p.95); Lindsay Scenic Reserve set aside (p.169).

1907 Tangoio Falls set aside as Scenic Reserve (p.20); Frank and Amy Hutchinson buy "Omatua" (p.79).

1910 Mohaka River bridged on Napier-Taupo Road (p.65); Shut-eye Shack built (p. 151); reserve (later called ANZAC Park) set aside north of Norsewood (p.1 73).

1911 Makirikiri Reserve established south of Dannevirke (p.2 10).

1912 Sawmill operating at Elsthorp (p.197).

1913 Bus service starts between Napier and Taupo (p.62).

1914 F.L.Gordon gifts Cape kidnappers (p.188).

1916 Whakaari tri-pot salvaged (p.3); first? deer sighted in Waipawa headwaters (p.1 55).

1917 Embankment Bridge builtacross Ahuriri Estuary (p.16).

1918 Robert Heays takes up land north of Tutira (p.42); many Ngati Hinehika die in influenza epidemic (p.50); accommodation house at Willowford closes (p.1 13); Ngapaeruru Reserve established (p.21 1).

1919 Kaiwaka Cricket Club founded (p.22); 6 vehicles per day traverse Napier Taupo Road (p.62); Te Mata redwoods planted (p.181).

1920's George Shine takes up land north of Tutira (p.39); logging at Little Bush (p.88); possums breeding in southern Ruahines (p.219); Elsdon Best visits Heipipi pa site (p.237).

1921 "Tutira-Story of a N.Z. Sheep Station" published (p.25); N.Z. Country Women's Institute founded at "Omatua" (p.79); forest remnant at Puketitiri bought by Huthinsons (p.89).

1922 Duncan McKay takes up land at Punakarau Beach (p.4); Eskdale Church built (p.60).

1923 Ruabine Mining Co. working in Coppermine Ck. (p.226).

1924 Torrential rains north of Napier (p.63); most timber trees now gone from Puketitiri (p.105).

1926 Yeoman's sawmill starts (p.1 42).

1927 Te Mata Park gifted by Chambers family (p.1 80); "Maroro" goes aground at Blackhead point (p.202).

1928 Makaroro school opens (p.143).

1929 Lake Tutira made a Bird Sanctuary (p.23).

1930 Petition to save remaining forest at Puketitiri (p.1 06); McCullough's sawmill starts (p.1 55); Ruahine Copper Surveys Ltd in Coppermine Ck. (p.226).

1930's Skudders supplying logs to mill at Willow Flat (p.46); English cricketers use Kaiwaka cricket ground (p.22); Te Mata Road made (p.1 78); Forest service plants Lawsen cypress in cutover forest (pp.215; 233).
1931 Major earthquake around Napier district (pp.4,5, 15, 17, 20, 23, 29, 43) affecting building beyond Wairoa (p.52), and Morere Hot Springs (p.54). ca. 1932 Road built around coast from Arapaoanui (p.1 2).

1933 Charlie Peterson finishes logging at Pigeon bush (p.84).

1935 Armstrong plane crash in Ruabines (p.15 1); first? red deer shot in S.E. Ruahines (p.218).

1936 Kaweka Hut built (p.123).

1937 Clements start post splitting in northern Kaimanawas (p.72); forest remnant at Puketitiri donated to Crown by Hutchinsons (p.8 9).

1938 (April) Heavy rains and flooding north of Napier (pp.18, 20, 22, 43, 63).

1939 Forest fire at Puketitiri (p.106), and on Makaroro flats (p.145).

1940 Kaweka Range becomes State Forest (p.95); second Howletts Hut built (p.162).

1940's Lumsdens fanning at Kuripapango (p.128).

1942 McCullough's sawmill closes (p.155).

1943 Kauris planted in Holt's forest at Waikoau (p.30)

1945 Bill and Ron Hartree settle at Puketitiri (p.83); Ball's Clearing Scenic Reserve created (p. 106); original Sentry Box hut burnt down (p.140).

1946 Severe drought (p.85), bush fires at Puketitiri (p.89), on Blowhard (p.1 13) in Yeoman's logging area (p.144), and in Moorcock valley (p.164).

1948 Bill Stanfield builds hut in West Tamaki (p.218).

1949 Forest Service acquires land near Te Pohue (p.63); Hawkstone Station sold to Alexanders (p.80); Harris family buys Mangatutu Station (p.80); Crown buys land at Mangleton (p.1 37).

1950 Rob & Eileen Whittle take over Little Bush farm (p.87).

1950's Crown buying land for Mohaka Forest (p.46); wild sheep still present in the Kawekas (p.95); P. contorta erosion control plantings start (pp.96, 121); most rata and kamahi dying in southern Ruahines (p.2 19).

1953 Makino Bivouac built (p.1 10).

1954 Possums first noted at Little Bush (p.88).

1955 Aerial topdressing in full swing (p.40); Pigeon Bush (now Hartree Reserve) purchased (p.84); Reg Williams starts H.B. Junior Wildlife Wardens in mid 50's (p.85); Mangleton Road extended (p.13 8).

1956 Jack Nicholas takes up Makahu Station (p.1 08); road reaches Aramoana (p.201).

1957 Lake Tutira made a Wildlife Refuge (p.23); Makahu Saddle hut built (p.97).

1958 Wildlife Refuge declared in Ahuriri Estuary (p.1 5); Rakautanu Lodge erected at Holt's forest, Waikoau (p.30); Pink's hut built (p.108).

1959 Forest Research Institute establishes mountainland branch in Napier (p.97).

1960 Holt's plantings at Waikoau become Holt Forest Trust (p.30); Clements withdraw from northern Kaimanawas (p.72); "The Gums" planted near Mangatutu Hot Springs (p.109); Sentry Box hut built (p.140); new Stanfield hut built in West Tamaki (p.218).

1960's Father C.J.Callaghan presses for scenic reserves at Bellbird Bush and Opouahi (p.36); Crown continues to buy land for Mohaka Forest (p.46); Morrie & Coral Robson at Kuripapango (until 1966) (p.1 19);

1960's (continued) Rosie McDonald leaves Kuripapango (p.1 27).

1961 Major deviation completed on Napier-Taupo Road near Double Crossing (p.69); death of Bill Hartree and creation of William Hartree Memorial Reserve (p.85); "Mahoe" started by Ron & Patsy Hartree (p.86); stinging nettle causes death in Ruahines (p.216).

1962 Holt Forest Trust proclaimed Wildlife Santuary (p.30); Blowhard Bush gifted to 'Forest & Bird' Society (p.116)

1963 Heavy rain and floods north of Napier (p.18).
1964 Lake Tutira made a Domain (p.23); "Stagger Inn" built about this time

(p.109); Kaweka State Forest plantings start (pp.113, 116).


1965 Lake Opouahi declared a Scenic Reserve (p.3 1); Ongaonga schoolhouse becomes museum (p.l57); Blackhead homestead burnt down (p.201).

1966 H.B.Wildlife Trust established (p.15); broadcasting tower built on Wharite Peak (p.226).

1967 Opening of Wildlife Warden's building at William Hartree Reserve (p.85) kiwis bred in captivity at Te
Motu (late 60's) (p.86); vehicle access reaches Makahu Saddle (p.97); track formed up Mohaka to hot springs (late 60's) (p.1 09); Norsewear set up at Norsewood (p.1 74).

1968 Ministry of Works starts hydrological study of Ngahere Basin (Makahu Saddle) (p.97); massive June rains in eastern Ruahines, Folgers Lake formed (p.1 60); Ngaruroro River diversion completed (p.168).

1970 1000 vehicles per day using Napier-Taupo Road (p.62); P.contorta sown in southern Kawekas (p.124); Pakowhai Country Park started (p.l68).

1970's Walkways concept adopted in N.Z. (p.9); Lake Tutira suffers eutrophication (p.26)' divers explore Lake Opouahi (p.3 1); start of Woodstock farm and forest (p.65); track cut up Don Juan from east (p.8 1); Junior Wildlife Wardens disbanded (p.86); F. & B. take over
Lodge at William Hartree Reserve (p.86); P.contorta used to control erosion at Don Juan (p.93); Sika Lodge used for deer research (p.128); H.B.Electric Power Board consider damming Ngaruroro (p.132); Kaumatua Stream hydrology studied (p.14 1); Takapari Road made in Ruahines (pp.2 17, 218).


1971 Morere Springs taken over By Lands & Survey Dept. (p.54); Mohi Bush Scenic reserve gazetted (p.183); tn-pots salvaged from Rangaiika (p.l92).
1972 Microwave radio transmitter installed on Te Waka (p.64); Forest Research Institute withdraws from H.B (p..97); 'Bindalsfaering'
presented to Norsewood (p.1 73); Otatara site purchased (p.235).

1973 Whakatu Afforestation Trust leases Te Kowhai (p.81); Masters hut demolished (p.138).

1974 Kaweka Forest Park formed (p.95).

1975 Tutira changes from farm cadets to school education (p.25); massive floods in N.E. Ruhines (p.1 47); memorial caim constructed on
Colenso Spur (p.149); A'Deanes Bush becomes Scenic Reserve (p.157)

1976 Shines offer land for scenic reserve (p.38); McLeans bush gifted (p.202); Mangapuaka Stream Scenic Reserve gazetted (p.207).

1977 Masters Shelter opened (p.138).

1978 Ormond Estate sells bush on Mahia (p.56); Monckton Scenic Reserve set aside (p.165).

1979 Tutira Walkway formed (p.27); further area added to Opouahi Scenic Reserve (p.33).

1980 Boundary Stream Walkway opened (p.38); Esk Forest Recreation Area created (p.63); P.contorta removal commenced (p. 124); walkway opened on eastem flanks of Te Mata (p.1 77); bridge fails on Makairo Road (p.2 13).

1980's Whirinaki track made in early 1980's (p.70); Tauhara Road extended (p.75); benched track made up Coppermine Creek (p.224).

1981 Hawke's Bay coastal walkway mooted (p.9); 'Wairoa Hard' closed to commercial fishing (p. 12); Ahuriri Estuary Protection Society formed (p.15); Finnis bridge constructed (p.20); Crown buys Mahia Peninsular Scenic Reserve (p.56);
'Omatua' homestead replaced (p.79).

1982 H.B.Wildlife Trust disbanded (p.15); Cyclone Bernie damages forest in northern Kaimanawas (p.74); 'The Lakes' added to Kaweka Forest
Park (p.126); Whitnell Lodge created (p.145).

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