The last newsletter of the year, but better late than never!
Christmas Get Together
Wednesday 15th of December
Marine Rescue Centre
Mechanics Bay @ 7.30pm
A chance to get together, no speakers or elections, just a drink, a bite to eat and good conversation and memories
So come and celebrate with other members and visitors the culmination of an extremely busy year.
Please bring something special to eat.
Tea, Coffee and juice provided.
Last working bee for the year and BBQ Allan and his band of merry volunteers are invited to an end of working bee BBQ on the 11th of December 2004. Of course there will be a few final tidying up things to do - Quartermaster Allan is never satisfied - but the intention is to have a BBQ lunch. The weather has been ordered. Please contact Allan by email or phone (he now has a cellphone 027 309 1766) for further details on what to bring. If not enough people are interested it may be cancelled.
Working Bee Schedule for 2005 - no dates have yet
This is because the majority of the working bees will be held at Islington Bay where we are starting work on Bach 114. Dates will require co-ordination with ferry timetables, on the island transport and the delivery of materials. Accommodation overnight for volunteers is also being arranged.
Maintenance Update Bach 38 is basically finished and ready for use by the Trust and our sponsor. Many many thanks must go to all our volunteers who have attended our weekend working bees and particular thanks also to the 'grey brigade' who go down on weekdays, and to the staff from Nestle New Zealand who were down recently and finished most of the exterior painting and gave the inside a final clean.
Visitor Facilities in the Hauraki Gulf - Recreation
The results of this review have been published. Highlights for Rangitoto are the decision not to have the campground at Islington Bay in favour of one at Wreck Bay and the possible inclusion of mountain bikes (which was commented on in the NZ Herald). To see the full report on the submissions and decisions go to www.doc.govt.nz/Explore/DOC Recreation Opportunities Review/pdf/Auckland results.pdf
Ministry of Culture and Heritage www.cultureandheritage.govt.nz brings you up to date with government announcements on programs for the provision and management of cultural resources such as the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, history awards and policy statements. Click through to Publications for annual reports, statistics and media releases.
www.historic.org.nz is the NZ Historic Places Trust website. It includes the register of historic places, new additions and what they are planning for their 50th anniversary next year.
Ferry timetables and ticket prices Before deciding
to come to Rangitoto it is a good idea to check the ferry
timetable. Fullers (367 9111) have a summer and winter timetable.
Recently Kawau Kat cruises started a service to Rangitoto.
Ring 0800 888 006 for further information (it doesn't stop
at Devonport). Both service providers have made reductions
in ticket prices recently so it pays to check.
All volunteers who come to our working bees receive a return ticket for their next visit courtesy of Fullers who provide us with discounted tickets and our sponsor AMP.
Annual Fishing Competition
Friday 31st December
Start Time: 10am sharp.
Finish Time: 12 noon sharp.
Tide: 1131 hrs. 3.0m
Auction: All fish will be auctioned. Visitors to Rangitoto got caught up in the excitement last year and bought the lot!!!!!!!!!
Rules: Two lines per person.
Fishing between Iliomana Light and Target Point only. If using a boat you must have appropriate lifejackets etc. (ARC bylaws apply). No undersized fish allowed.
Who: Members and families, invited guests, friends and especially children.
What to bring for afterwards: There will be a BBQ with meat provided for lunch, so bring you own accompaniments and drink.
Prizes: Best Story- Booby Prize; Largest Snapper- Buchanan Trophy; Longest Fish-Pennant; Most Fish- RICHT Trophy.
There will be something for the children too.
Getting there: Check with Fullers in case they have changed to their summer timetable or use the new Kawau Kat.
Aim: To have fun, do what we used to do, involve the children and meet each other.
Contact Allan Godsall for any further information. Please return all trophies.
Weather: The event will not be cancelled
Signs The Waiheke Community Board has given $500 towards the provision of signs on Rangitoto. The idea is to provide a sign in the vicinity of Bach 38 which shows the history of the baches with a track diagram of what visitors will see.
Offices on Rangitoto
In the last Heritage page on Communications I asked about the post offices on Rangitoto Island. I have received a very detailed account about this from Mr Trevor Bevan. Using research from Mr R Startups book on NZ Post Offices and other correspondence he was able to tell us the following:-
There were TWO post offices on Rangitoto, one at Islington Bay and the other at the Wharf. In fact Rangitoto Wharf started as a radiotelephone office in the island caretakers store with Reg Noble as the operator, when the cable was laid from Motutapu in 1937. This office closed on August 27 1939. Two date stamps were issued so it may have served as a post office as well. No documents or envelopes exist showing the first date stamp but the second is recorded on 25th November 1938 and is "Telephone Office Rangitoto".
On December 7th 1938 a post office opened at Islington Bay. It could not be called Islington Bay because that name was used in Christchurch so it was also named Rangitoto but the 2 added. It remained open until permanently closed on 21st August 1985. There were 4 date stamps issued with the earliest use known 29th February 1948 and the last 29th August 1982. There are no details about who ran the office.
The Rangitoto Wharf Post Office re-opened on 5th November 1952 and closed permanently on 19th May 1982 after the building was demolished. There were three date stamps issued with earliest found 26th April 1953 and the last 6th February 1980. There is a list of Postmaster appointments from late 1970 to closure but none before that time.
This is a shortened account of what Mr Bevan wrote. If you would like a full copy please ring Elizabeth.
Prison Camp The prison camp area has been looked at by DoC and it has been agreed that removal of weeds and small plants can take place before these become trees and start to break up the remaining walls and archaeological remains. We will be organising a working bee to do this in the near future.
YOUR COMMITTEE - Don't hesitate to ring any of them if you have any questions.
Elizabeth Andrew - 634 1398 Newsletters,
Shirley Collins - 279 9819 Treasurer,
Membership and Wharf rep,
Susan Yoffe - 445 1894 Archives,
Hilary Noall - ph not available Islington Bay rep,
Lois Eagles - 443 5536 Beacon End rep,
Allan Godsall - 634 0161 Maintenance,
John Walsh - 811 8875 Chairman,
Jim Mason - 446 6228 Patron.
Website: www.rangitoto.org We
get a lot of very favourable comments about our website,
all due to the excellent work of Andy
Heyward. He is always looking for more photos
and stories. Send them
direct to Andy
for inclusion on the website.
Wishing all our Members a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.