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Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Newsletter 36

Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Newsletter 36

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Published by Lisa Truttman
Newsletter of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society, Auckland, New Zealand
Newsletter of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society, Auckland, New Zealand

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Published by: Lisa Truttman on Dec 24, 2009
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November—December 2008 No. 36 Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor

Guest Speaker: Phil Sai-Louie
Phil shared a number of intriguing facts about New Zealand place names with us at our October meeting. 99% of NZ place names from personalities are named for people born overseas. Breaking up Maori place names to try to sort out the meaning can often lead to misconceptions. For example, Rangitoto (“bleeding sky”) is really Te Rangi Totongia ATama Te Kapua, or “the days bleeding of Tama Te Kapua”, a name applied initially to a beach on the island. Aotearoa isn’t “land of the long white cloud”, but “land of the long twilight” (in comparison with conditions of no twilight in the Pacific Islands.) Some names illustrate the often harsh life of preEuropean period Maori. Whakapirau (in Northland) means “stinking canoe” or “to cause to decay” after the bodies left behind after a battle with Maori from Pahi. Urewera means “burnt penis”, Kumeu means “pull a breast” (as an insult), and Arero means “tongue” (as in the cutting out of a victim’s tongue after battle.) European place names were also discussed. Bulls, originally Bull Town, founded by James Bull, a storekeeper there. Nonoti in Canterbury was named after a politician expressed reluctance in naming a railway station there, declaring, “No, not I!” Wellsford, originally a settlement before that name along the Whakapirau Creek, got its name from a meeting in which it was decided to use the first letter of some of the settlers’ surnames in the area to make up the name. Blackball was the emblem of the Black Ball Shipping Line who acquired leases of land on the west bank of the Grey River, and so the town (originally known as Joliffetown and Moonlight Gully) came to be named after the company.

St Ninians
Following on from the decision at the last meeting for the AWHS not to go ahead with a lease application for St Ninians, the Avondale Community Centre Society have decided to apply to Auckland City Council instead, and have expressed interest to have AWHS involvement in terms of heritage photographs displayed and future events. The Society agreed to send a letter of support to them.

Rosebank Peninsula Church
AWHS have agreed to also send a letter of support to the Rosebank Peninsula Church, who are currently seeking funding to renovate and upgrade the church (former Victoria Hall) as a youth and homework centre, as well as a community meeting place.

Events attended and to be attended
Pt Chevalier Community Library heritage day 25 September — very successful, interesting speakers, and a new history group may be forming from a list of those interested. I’ve volunteered to help out with a newsletter for the new group until they are fully functional. St Judes Church, 27 September — a truly enjoyable day. Next year is the 125th anniversary of the opening of the church. Hopefully, AWHS and the parish will work closely together to commemorate this anniversary. Avondale Aspirations — a follow on and part of the Liveable Communities/Avondale Future Framework process. Meeting on 7th October from 6pm, and at the time of writing this newsletter, I intend to attend. Avondale College Family History Writing competition — along with staff from Auckland City Library, I was one of the judges, on behalf of the Society. The prizegiving was held at the library in late August. This was a successful competition, and very hard to judge, with the standard of entries at junior and senior level very high. Our Society’s part in the process wasn’t mentioned in the book produced by Auckland City Libraries, but I was given a copy for our records.

Next meeting: Saturday 6 December 2008, 2.30 pm, Lions Hall, cnr. Blockhouse Bay Road and Great North Road.

Our speaker at the December meeting will be Chris Kiwi, on his memories of Queen Street in the 1970s.

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