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Personally Researched and written by Eris Parker 1989



This family came from Wellington and bought a 250 acre farm from Mr Retter at Kaipaki in May 1920.



Two brothers Thomas and Robert McLarnon moved from Papatoetoe in 1914 and were among the original settlers on the Monavale Estate. They spent many years transforming the swamp into fertile land. Robert married Annie Gillard, and had three children. Thomas married Catherine Bainbridge, had three children, was the president of the Monavale Settlers Association in 1919 and they opened their home for local garden parties and tennis matches.



This road, formed in 1934 is the only reminder left in the Oreipunga district of the men behind its early development. David and John Edward Makgill in partnership with George Middleton bought the Horahora Estate in 1907 and started to farm the area. Slowly individual farms were sold off as more settlers moved into the area.



This road was known as Tainui Road, because of the pa at the Matangi end but was renamed Merrychurch Road after Henry and Charlotte Merrychurch who came from Waihou to farm in the area in July 1909. Concerned residents petitioned to get the spelling changed but it has been left as 'Marychurch'.)

Church Road has the former Methodist church at the Victoria Road end.



Mr and Mrs Horace Mathieson arrived in 1907 and in 32 years had transformed their 600 acres of bush and scrub into a highly productive farm. In those days the only form of transport was a pack horse led over a bridle track and the only way to get anything done was with the aid of a sharp axe, strong arms and a stout heart.
The Buckland Road hall, which was at the end of Mathieson's Road, has since been moved and serves as a woolshed.



Patrick Leslie who came from Australia and stayed for ten years owned this property at Bruntwood c1871. His 1,000 acre property was called 'Wartle', he had a large house and garden and employed three gardeners.
There used to be a windmill on Mill Road.



Named after the Mills family who came to the Kaipaki district c1910. Two sons Walter and Gordon still live in Hamilton.



Peter Muirhead arrived from the South Island in 1908 and bought 2,600 acres of land at Whitehall. 1,000 acres had been cleared but the rest was in bush. Peter left in 1917 to serve in World War One and his brother Colin, with wife Jessie and son Bob, came to manage the farm. About 1920 they bought 418 acres and their sister Margaret joined Peter at 'Tawanui'.
Colin died in 1931 and the Muirhead families now have had four generations in the Te Miro district. The original 2,600 acres was subdivided into the four farms of Don Mackie, Brian Oliver, Roy Calvert and Peter Allen. Then the road was opened up after World War Two.



The Tamahere bridge was erected in 1879 with a £300 subsidy and the balance raised by voluntary subscription from the settlers. The road was formed along the boundary of Martyn's and Graham's properties and was an essential access to the Ohaupo sales - the largest in the Waikato at that time.



Formerly this was All Saints Road because 170 acres were owned by the Seventh Day Adventists who built a three-storied boarding school there in 1907. As well as education they aimed at self-sufficiency and undertook agriculture, horticulture, beekeeping etc. The Head Teacher was Mr F L Chaney and Mrs Bertha Chaney taught languages and physiology. The school was closed down in 1911 in favour of a more central location at Palmerston North.
William Nickle bought this Pukekura property in 1911 and a fire broke out and burnt the school just before he moved in.
His parents, Robert and Mary Ann Nickle, had arrived in New Zealand in 1878 to take over the 80 acre farm of Isaac Morrow, Mary Ann's deceased brother. Robert died in 1884 so his wife and seven children carried on, adding more acreage from other properties. For many years the sons of Robert and Mary Ann owned a considerable portion of Pukekura and Roto-o-Rangi and although the original 80 acres have been sold there are still Nickle connections in the district.



Named after two brothers, Richard and Francis Norrish, who bought a 200 acre farm at Kaipaki in 1875, having been sponsored to New Zealand by George Clark. When they needed accommodation for their worker they cut timber from trees on the property and built him a house. An era when, if you wanted something done, you did it yourself.



This was known as Hannons Road until 1958 but had been referred to as 'Norwegian Mill Road' by the Pukekura Road Board in 1895. Two Norwegians in 1869 lived nearby and, when not employed on the Roto-o-Rangi estate, they worked a flax mill at the entrance to the quarry.
From the Norwegians corners, access to the farms near the Confiscation Line was by a dray road, parts of which are still visible.



William Alfred and Violet Lydia Constance Oliver bought 1,212 acres from Peter Muirhead at Whitehall. William died in 1914 and the farm was managed until Brian, one of their sons, took over in 1936. At one stage 600 acres of bush was felled by Dave and Esau Pretty - everything under 3 feet in diameter was left and burnt.



Part of this road at Hautapu was known as Broadmeadows Road. The forming of this road from Station Road to the new creamery was done by William Eastwood for 4s 3d per chain.)
Noel and Mary Peake bought 17 acres just off Hamilton Road in the 1920's. Previously they had lived at Roto-o-Rangi and raised three children - Ken, Rob and Vin. Noel had been a member of the Mangapiko Drainage Board in 1914, served as chairman on the Hautapu School Board and the whole family was interested in sport - especially polo.



John and William Martyn from Cornwall named their 2,000 acres at Tamahere, 'Pencarrow' in 1866 and they developed this into a first class farm. There were two homesteads with orchards, gardens and trees. The farm was grassed and stocked with sheep, cattle and horses.
'Merrylegs' was their trotting stallion and 'Black Champion' their draught stallion - both renown for improving the breeds in the district.
Cornelius Day bought the Pencarrow Estate and this was subdivided in 1914, at which time the road was named.



Martin Herbert Pickering bought the 200 acre property 'Fernando' (a corruption of 'Fern End') from Mr Snowden for £10 an acre in 1881. He had come from Yorkshire in 1879 having gained his education and farming experience in that county. He married Catherine Barugh in 1883 - the first marriage to be celebrated at St Stephens church, Tamahere. They had one son and five daughters and descendants still farm at Tamahere.
In the 1900's Martin Pickering had a stud flock of Lincoln sheep. He was a member of the Cambridge Road Board and Tamahere school committee, Director of the Dairy Co-op in 1912, an enthusiastic member of the Waikato Hunt and a supporter of the Waikato Agricultural Association.
William Eastwood won the tender to form Pickering's Road from the main road to Newcombe's gate for 3s 8d per chain.



This had always been surveyed as a road but never used. It was incorporated into Scott's property and then reverted when the sewerage ponds were constructed beside the river.



William Ranstead and his wife Margaret came to the district in 1903, farming first at Ohaupo then on 600 acres at Matangi. They had five sons - John, William, Thomas, Ralph and George - and two daughters, Bessie and Isobel. Ralph took over the running of the farm and married Doris Brown and had a son Ray and two daughters. At first their home was at the end of a grass track and later this became Ranstead Road. It wasn't too long before they became noted stock breeders.



Formerly No2 Station Road running between Hamilton Road and Hannon Road. The Waikato Advocate of 1895 reports on a Cambridge Road Board meeting 'Mr Thomas was authorised to get a few 9 inch pipes for the culvert on No2 Station Road, near Forrests'.


Paul and Esther Ringer had been married about three years when they arrived in 1905 from Stratford. They had seven children - Elsie, Fred, Walter, Florence, Lucy, Lily and Jesse - and the farm has recently been sold out of the family.



Thomas Robinson arrived in New Zealand from Cumberland on the ship 'Kaikoura' in 1896, aged 31. He worked as a teamster for W S Park and the Monavale Estate, then in 1900 bought 261 acres at Roto-o-Rangi. In 1902 he married Margaret Muir Fisher, daughter of the Hon. John Fisher, and they had two children.
Thomas was the one and only chairman of the Roto-o-Rangi Road Board from 1917 until it was taken over by the Pukekura Road Board. He was also chairman of the Dairy Co at the tricky time of 1921-1936.



Named after Richard Chidley Reynolds, who arrived with his parents, three brothers and sister, in 1868 and was resident in the district for nearly sixty years.
He was a pioneer farmer and an excellent judge of stock - at one time he had kept four purebred dairy herds as well as Lincoln sheep that he sold in the Argentine. With his brother Henry he started the first creamery at Pukekura from which has sprung the great Anchor butter industry.
Richard had a great love of trees and his properties of 'Wai Valley' and 'Trecarne' as well as Cambridge itself, still display evidence of his passion. His energy was used to transform his properties into profitable farmland - these include 'Trecarne' 800 acres, Maketu 2,000 acres and Monavale 1,400 acres.
Richard was married twice - firstly to Susan nee Brown then to Margaret Elizabeth nee Kells - and had nine children.



At the top of this road in Horahora was a village called Waniwani. The road was named after Les Roberts' family, which arrived in the 1920's.



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