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RODNEY TIMES, MARCH 20, 2012
PAKIRI & TOMARATA
Kindly sponsored by 1st National Real Estate
& Mangawhai Business Development Assoc.
As more roads were built, residents were able to travel to the other towns for
shopping, shows and sports.
It was a good fruit growing area but ultimately the land was cleared for dairy
farming. Gum digging and timber-milling were the main occupations of settlers.
The Pakiri area still has its farming roots but is a popular
holiday and surf beach. Visitors can ride horses along the
A stunning piece of Pakiri's coastal land was purchased
by the former Auckland Regional Council in 2005 to
create a regional park.
The land was bought from part-owner boxing champion
David Tua for $10 million.
The 52 hectares includes 900 metres of sandy foreshore
and stands of mature pohutukawa along the dunes.
The endangered New Zealand dotterell/tuturiwhatu
nest at Pakiri during the spring and summer. It has a
population of about 1700 birds.
Tomarata is a farming area nestled between Wellsford
The Rock and the Sky describes the area as "a thing
of the mind - and a fine thing too... but it is not shown
on the map."
There's a school, public hall, rugby club and church spread throughout the area.
Two bush walks are at the Conservation Department's Logue's Bush.
Focus On: Mangawhai, Tomarata, Pakiri
Pakiri Beach: Pakiri's white sandy beach brings an increasing number of summer visitors to the
relatively isolated spot.
The metal road between Pakiri and
Leigh was formed about 1900.
Prior to that there were only foot tracks over the hills to
Whangateau, Leigh, and Matakana - probably formed by
Maori, according to The Rock and the Sky by H. Mabbett.
"The school, hall and store-post office formed the core of the
Protected birds: NZ dotterel
are among endangered birds
which breed at Pakiri Beach.
Nesting sites are fenced off
and warning signs placed to
prevent visitors trampling
eggs and chicks in shallow
Mangawhai Public Library and Hall.
Mangawhai and Mangawhai Heads have gone
from being a port town for the first settler
farmers in the 1860s to popular holiday destinations
with baches old and new jostling for seaviews.
Thousand of visitors flock to the area during summer to enjoy the surf, walk the 5km Mangawhai
Cliffs Walkway through coastal forest and nikau groves. It has a golf course, shops, cafes, markets,
and Waipu is only a short drive north.
According to the Mangawhai Museum's website, "transport by sea was the only viable means
of travel and even after World War One and the extension of the railway from Wellsford north to
Kaiwaka, the state of the road between Mangawhai and Kaiwaka meant that a steamer service for
the transport of passengers and goods was still significant until the late 1930s. The wharf was an
important resource and centre for the community until the decline in
shipping during World War Two. The entrance to the harbour has been
a significant local concern since the first breakwater was established
Settlers sur vived by felling timber, gum digging - there was a large
field at Mangawhai - and ship building.
"The years 1900-1950 saw growing development of farming with the
establishment of a dairy factory at Hakaru, but much farming was
still at a subsistence level until the 1950s. Commercial fishing is a
continuing occupation. Experimental planting of tung oil trees and
tobacco feature in the district's history, and more recently lifestyle
blocks have grown avocados, olives and grapes."
The museum says "the community has worked hard to battle nature
and bureaucracy to reopen a closed harbour entrance
and stop sand mining. The story of the harbour
restoration is a recent and ongoing part of Mangawhai's story."
Museum member Beverly Ross has published a book on the
harbour called They Dared The Impossible.
Mangawhai is the most important place in the country for the
critically endangered NZ fairy tern as it supports half the total
breeding population of just eight to 10 pairs.
hauled logs across
hillsides scarred from
burning and felling. Land was
cleared for farming as well as
for access to timber and gum
PHOTO: Kauri Museum
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