Welcome to ‘From the archive’

where we share interesting stories and pictures from Plimmerton’s past…

Karehana Reserve Water Supply

During recent earthworks for a new garage in Reserve Road, contractors working for Chris & Miriam Griggs dug out an old piece of machinery. Allan Dodson, Plimmerton historian has identified it as an old belt driven water pump. In the 1920’s the Karehana Bay area was not connected to mains water and residents collected rain […]

One hundred years ago 21st November 1918

While peace had been declared the Spanish Influenza would take 9,000 lives in New Zealand. The flu was often spread in large gatherings so sports games were cancelled and dances banned. The epidemic hit Plimmerton and Hongoeka with up to 100 people falling sick. On 20th November 1918 three men were reported to be seriously […]

Black Bridge – Pukerua (Airlie) Road and Karehana Park’s petanque court

Black Bridge – Pukerua (Airlie) Road and Karehana Park’s petanque ‘court.’ What is the connection between Pukerua Road, the Black Bridge and the Karehana Park Petanque Court? By 1912 with the opening of Plimmerton Extension (Karehana Bay) there was a track from Karehana Bay to Pukerua Bay, the Pukerua Road, but this crossed mainly privately […]

The sound of horses’ hooves

From the days when the weekend sounds of horse’s hooves were not uncommon Plimmerton and Pukerua Bay children rode either along Moana Road or from the Whenua Tapu track on their ponies to here! Can you identify where and the date of each photo? From the early 1950’s to the early 2000’s Plimmerton Pony Club […]

Plimmerton houses with names

Our historian Allan Dodson is looking through his vast photo archive and every month will give us an image or two to enjoy and speculate upon. This month we take a look at Plimmerton houses with names.   Plimmerton has over the years had a large number of houses with ‘names’ the most well know are: […]

Plimmerton gets the royal treatment

Our historian Allan Dodson is looking through his vast photo archive and every month will give us an image or two to enjoy and speculate upon. This month we take a look back through the archive to when the Queen came to town in 1953 (driving past still counts!) and 1973 when she opened the […]