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June is almost upon us, 50 years since the first meeting of the then Wainui Historical Society was held on the 5th June 1968. The 50th anniversary celebrations are ready to roll at Queens Birthday weekend. We hope you see you all there. Don’t forget to let Ngaire (4348615) know if you are coming to the Anniversary luncheon on Tuesday 5th June as we need to confirm the numbers to the RSA

At our anniversary celebrations on Saturday 2 June staff from the Orewa Library will be present to conduct brief Oral Histories. If you are interested in taking part in this opportunity to record your memories please get in touch on this email address or by making yourself known to any of the Committee on the day and we will put you in touch with the people involved.

The Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 25th May. 27 members met in the chapel at 11am.
The following were elected as officers and committee of the society for the 2018/19 year.
President: Murray Sampson
Vice President: Pam Kinnell
Secretary: Sue Healy
Treasurer: Kay Thexton
Committee: Elaine Dickinson, Judy McErlich, Ian Hacking, Vera Bartlett, Elaine Butler- Stoney, Bertie Kinnell, Paul Maguiness, Deanna Moss, Robyn Grover (ex officio – Past President).
Reminder: Subscriptions for the 2018/19 year are now due. $20 single $25 double
If you would like a full copy of the minutes don’t hesitate to request that one be sent to you.

Annual report

In the future there is likely to be a reduction in vegetation around the site but I can assure members that it will be done selectively and incrementally to the least extent sensible. This will be done keeping in mind our most important collection is the buildings and their preservation.
The following quotation is also from Robyn’s report.
We also need to be more aware of fire protection because an insurance payout cannot replace the irreplaceable. Such protection is expensive and we will have to obtain grants to achieve this.
I finish by acknowledging the major contributions of our executive officers, the committee, and those who have taken on roles outside the committee. I also acknowledge the volunteers that attend to the many maintenance and ongoing issues. Without their input the Village would fail.
In closing, I note that unless we find a way to encourage members and volunteers to join the weekend roster we will be forced to reduce the opening hours, or days. It is that or we will have to find the money to pay somebody to do it.
Thank you for your attention. I am sure the progress we have made in the first 50 years will continue. Life has never been without difficulties.
Dr Murray Sampson


An anniversary always brings memories to mind.
This was received recently from Alan Penney about the local Young Farmers Club. “With the urbanisation of Silverdale today it is hard to believe that in the 1960s quite an active group, the Silverdale Young Farmers Club existed. We would meet monthly in the Silverdale Hall. Long after others had gone home Bert Kinnell and I would chat in my car sometimes till 2.00 am., one freezing night my foot was so cold I had trouble using the accelerator on the way home I was still better off than Bert who had to ride his Moped. Activities included visits to most major industries including Chelsea Refinery a car assembly plant and Dominion Breweries (a favourite with some). A mandatory requirement, competitions with other clubs included stock and pasture judging and debating. Stock judging caused much amusement, those familiar with their own animals recorded believable answers others came up with ridiculous ‘answers’ To cater for our social needs dances were held in the Dairy Flat Hall though some of the guys never actually entered the hall preferring to ‘indulge’ outside. One activity was table tennis but it became necessary to vacate our hall and move to the then Youth Centre, the old school up the hill. How to move our two heavy tables—no trouble, one of the boys had a car with a tail gate like a ute so at my suggestion we could place one end of these on this while two of us carried the other end. We were young, fit and made it up the hill but learned how fast a car can go, even in low gear! Our skills of innovation were called on when we were tasked with attaching the sign for the Youth Centre on its high gable. Not having a ladder we made use of a table with a box and chair on top. The phrase, ‘health and safety’ had not been heard of. Subdivision of farms was having an effect on membership so in 1970 the club was closed.”