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HERITAGE TRANSPORT VEHICLE COLLECTION

RA N A KI TA PIONEER VILLAGE

VINTAGE GALLERY One of the first tarpot machines that transformed local streets and rural roads to a sealed surface. Despite the dilapidated appearance it remains in a reasonable condition after many years of storage at the village. It is a typical example of the aims of the Society in ‘preserving yesterday for tomorrow’. A brass plaque reads “Union Foundries, Hawera”, one of several foundries (in Eltham and Stratford) that created the original name.

‘preserving yesterday, today, for tomorrow’

When fully restored, the tarpot machine will form part of a ‘Union Foundries’ display which is currently being developed.

1973 – 2013 40 years of progress in preserving our local heritage for tomorrow

In mint condition, a milk vendors cart operated by Fred Oliver was a familiar sight in Stratford streets during the 1930’s

Organisational Member

TARANAKI PIONEER VILLAGE SOCIETY INC

PO Box 401, Stratford 4352, SH3, Stratford South, Central Taranaki, NZ. Phone/Fax: 06 765 5399 Email: admin@pioneervillage.co.nz Website: www.pioneervillage.co.nz

Published and distributed by Pioneer Village Marketing. Artwork and printing by bcreative print and graphics

NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2013

With the approach of our fortieth birthday in March, the Society can reflect on what has been achieved with some pride and satisfaction. While not without elements of frustration in making desired progress, the development of ‘the Village’ has been slow but sure, Today, the results and rewards are becoming evident as the village operation continues to attract a wide range of patrons. The Pioneer Village has become a multipurpose venue providing amenities within a unique setting created by the presentation of our heritage within parklike surroundings. Without the support of a legacy and grant monies being received for specific projects, the vision of the Society would have been severely curtailed. The assistance from many funding sources is acknowledged with immense appreciation. To be recognised is the vast impact over the years by volunteer persons. Without their dedication the long term project would not have been possible. The ‘village project’ could be termed ‘infinity plus one’ due to the nature of the project as further valued opportunities arise. One recent example is to feature the ‘Union Foundries’ of Stratford as established in 1922 who had a nationwide reputation in the manufacture of machinery under the ‘Harvos’ brand as associated with early roadmaking history. As acquired over time, the Society has a road grader, a tarpot machine and soon to be transported from Thames, a five ton roadroller. Enquiries towards obtaining an early bush locomotive, as sold under the ‘Harvos’ brand, are currently continuing. To past and present members, staff and volunteers who have been associated with our history; to the many donors of artifacts, to funders and to the many commercial connections – our sincere thanks for your support over past years. Throughout the Society’s progress, it is recognised that it has been fortunate with leadership from presidents who ‘were the right person for the position’ as each era of progress continued. Their commitment and faith in the future met some daunting challenges in earlier decades. Today we can be proud of their perseverance

RANA KI A T PIONEER VILLAGE A UNIQUE HERITAGE EVENT!

‘LIVING VILLAGE DAY’10am -4pm

Saturday January 19 TARANAKI PIONEER VILLAGE SH3, Stratford South

presenting displays, demonstrations and entertainment from the 1850-1950 era

PIONEER EXPRESS TRAIN RIDES LIVE 1930’s MUSIC SPINNERS AND WEAVERS BLACK POWDER CANNON SHOOT PRINTERS SHOP • POLICE STATION BARBERS SALON • VILLAGE FORGE WHEELWRIGHT • PENNY FARTHING HOSPITAL MUSEUM • STONE CRUSHER BOOK BINDER • STATIC DISPLAYS Come and experience a nostalgic day with many authentic displays, traditional crafts and music from yesteryear. A fun day for all the family ...and educational.

PRIZE FOR THE MOST APPROPRIATE PERIOD COSTUME Café with childrens playground – open from 8am Usual admission charges apply including family $25 Free admission to society members and children under 5

that left a legacy of success which continues to be built on. The Society continues with positive growth during 2012 confirming trends that have become evident particularly during the past three years.

Page 2 President’s Comment • Page 3 Society News

• Page 4 Vintage Gallery

The Society acknowledges the financial support received from Taranaki Electricity Trust, TSB Community Trust, COGS, Southern Trust and Stratford District Council


UPDATE FROM THE SOCIETY PRESIDENT

I trust that members enjoyed a merry Christmas season and have commenced a prosperous New Year! On behalf of the management board it is great to report having completed a third year in a row of increased visitor numbers through ‘the Village’. We believe this can be attributed to the following reasons : - improved publicity, both press and radio - all of the village site having a major makeover with repairs and maintenance to buildings (thanks to Taranaki Electricity Trust grants), and extensive site maintenance including improvements to grounds by community workers (courtesy of Ministry of Justice). - new dedicated turning lane off highway (thanks to NZTA). - enlarged carpark (thanks to TSB Community Trust). - very successful cafe and function centre operation (with thanks to Michelle and her professional team). - our first professional school teacher Fiona, who has developed a new school education programme and increased promotion to all schools. - the dedication of on-site staff members who daily attend to their duties. - we have forty-three persons on our volunteers register. From their working on-site creates ‘word of mouth’ promotion.

- extensive regional promotion programme prior to our first ‘Living Village Day’ on October 7 which generated increased awareness – and a very large crowd in attendance. - the ongoing efforts of seven elected board members who attend management and workshop meetings at two weekly intervals. After a long period of searching (over two decades!) the early records of the Society have been found on the premises. Very fortunately, our history is no longer a mystery! From the well preserved pages of early minute books and correspondence is a summary of our initial establishment as recorded by Deane Kelly in this newsletter. Deane is a very appropriate person to convey the early years as he was a founder member, initial long term secretary/treasurer, and now a life member of the Taranaki Pioneer Village Society Inc. I am sure you will read more historic snippets in the future. To celebrate the Society’s fortieth birthday, we are planning to hold a dinner in the Harrison Function Centre on Monday March 11 (Taranaki Anniversary Day) commencing at 6.45pm. Society members and volunteers will be invited to attend this milestone function. With appreciation we extend our thanks to Neil Tuffin, principal of Maat Consulting Ltd, for a generous donation of $1500 to support the cost of our newletters over a twelve month period. Neil had previously sponsored the cost of afternoon tea function following the official opening of the cafe and function centre in October 2010. To our members, as you read our newsletters, ideas may come to mind (in a rush of blood!) so please let us have them as many future actions start as an idea! We hope to see you at our next ‘Living Village Day’ on January 19 – remember, as a member you have free entry. Barrie Smith, President

The Taranaki Pioneer Village wish to thank Neil Tuffin of Maat Consulting Ltd, along with three Directors Mark Hughson, Hawera and Bruce Ellis and Bryan McFarlane of Stratford who are all Chartered Accountants, for a further donation to cover the cost of this newsletter for a further year. Neil Tuffin, Investment Consultant

Neil and his team purchase high quality commercial buildings giving a high return to their investors who become part owners For further information about Maat Consulting Ltd – contact the Stratford office 06 765 7183 or directly to Neil on 021 481 441 or the MCL website, www.maat.co.nz

‘HISTORY IN THE MAKING’ Since 1973, the development of the Taranaki Pioneer Village has been achieved by the endeavours of passionate individuals who have successfully strived to further the original intent of establishing a pioneer village. As located on the lawn between carpark and cafe, a flourishing oak tree is a living symbol of the society that grew from an acorn seed. History records that the seed was sown at a general public meeting in the Ngaere Hall in February 1973 attended by 41 interested persons including representatives from local bodies and many organisations. The meeting was called by the Stratford Antique and Collectors Society Inc and president Ian Harrison outlined the material in storage collected since 1971. He further addressed the meeting on the proposed aims and objects to set up a pioneer village at Ngaere Gardens including buildings and machinery A lease was entered into until December 1975 and two buildings – the Tariki Station and a prefabricated classroom – were transported to the Ngaere site. In January 1976, the present property was purchased at auction and was occupied on March 1. The original Ngaere Gardens Pioneer Village Society Inc name was changed to Taranaki Pioneer Village Society Inc. Ian Harrison, who had been president of the two previous Societies associated with promoting the pioneer village concept, retired from the position of president in May 1976 and continued to serve as a board member of the new society. The late Jim Best was the first president of the Taranaki Pioneer Village.

UNIQUE LIVING VILLAGE DAYS Following the successful introduction of ‘Living Village Days’ last October, our second ‘live day’ on Saturday January 19 is a must if you missed the inaugural day. With an emphasis on authenticity including period costumes, old time live music and the many sight, sounds and smells of craftspeople at work, it was a grand occasion which created a delightful celebration of our heritage. Be assured, this is a unique event with a guarantee of fun and education for all family members. Definitely a different day out during the school holidays! Great value at normal admission rates and $25 for family groups. For society members, current volunteers and children under five – it’s free admission! After many years of requiring some attention, an early model Stone Crusher has now been restored and is fully operational. This is a typical example of awaiting assistance from a volunteer with the skills to undertake specific restoration work. See it in action at our forthcoming live day! Creating a reverbrating sound – the man behind the cannon fire is black powder enthusiast Errol Clince who attracted much attention at the inaugural live day.

Fifteen thousand hours of voluntary effort by management board members attending meetings over the last four decades is but one incredible statistic associated with the development of the village!

Village statistics Increases recorded for the year ended 31 December 2012 were admissions 14.8%, membership 21.1% and train rides 22.0% Of particular note is the significant increase of 42.6% in admissions over the last two years.

He is one of many participants who present their vintage passions that have greatly assisted the introduction of our living village days.


UPDATE FROM THE SOCIETY PRESIDENT

I trust that members enjoyed a merry Christmas season and have commenced a prosperous New Year! On behalf of the management board it is great to report having completed a third year in a row of increased visitor numbers through ‘the Village’. We believe this can be attributed to the following reasons : - improved publicity, both press and radio - all of the village site having a major makeover with repairs and maintenance to buildings (thanks to Taranaki Electricity Trust grants), and extensive site maintenance including improvements to grounds by community workers (courtesy of Ministry of Justice). - new dedicated turning lane off highway (thanks to NZTA). - enlarged carpark (thanks to TSB Community Trust). - very successful cafe and function centre operation (with thanks to Michelle and her professional team). - our first professional school teacher Fiona, who has developed a new school education programme and increased promotion to all schools. - the dedication of on-site staff members who daily attend to their duties. - we have forty-three persons on our volunteers register. From their working on-site creates ‘word of mouth’ promotion.

- extensive regional promotion programme prior to our first ‘Living Village Day’ on October 7 which generated increased awareness – and a very large crowd in attendance. - the ongoing efforts of seven elected board members who attend management and workshop meetings at two weekly intervals. After a long period of searching (over two decades!) the early records of the Society have been found on the premises. Very fortunately, our history is no longer a mystery! From the well preserved pages of early minute books and correspondence is a summary of our initial establishment as recorded by Deane Kelly in this newsletter. Deane is a very appropriate person to convey the early years as he was a founder member, initial long term secretary/treasurer, and now a life member of the Taranaki Pioneer Village Society Inc. I am sure you will read more historic snippets in the future. To celebrate the Society’s fortieth birthday, we are planning to hold a dinner in the Harrison Function Centre on Monday March 11 (Taranaki Anniversary Day) commencing at 6.45pm. Society members and volunteers will be invited to attend this milestone function. With appreciation we extend our thanks to Neil Tuffin, principal of Maat Consulting Ltd, for a generous donation of $1500 to support the cost of our newletters over a twelve month period. Neil had previously sponsored the cost of afternoon tea function following the official opening of the cafe and function centre in October 2010. To our members, as you read our newsletters, ideas may come to mind (in a rush of blood!) so please let us have them as many future actions start as an idea! We hope to see you at our next ‘Living Village Day’ on January 19 – remember, as a member you have free entry. Barrie Smith, President

The Taranaki Pioneer Village wish to thank Neil Tuffin of Maat Consulting Ltd, along with three Directors Mark Hughson, Hawera and Bruce Ellis and Bryan McFarlane of Stratford who are all Chartered Accountants, for a further donation to cover the cost of this newsletter for a further year. Neil Tuffin, Investment Consultant

Neil and his team purchase high quality commercial buildings giving a high return to their investors who become part owners For further information about Maat Consulting Ltd – contact the Stratford office 06 765 7183 or directly to Neil on 021 481 441 or the MCL website, www.maat.co.nz

‘HISTORY IN THE MAKING’ Since 1973, the development of the Taranaki Pioneer Village has been achieved by the endeavours of passionate individuals who have successfully strived to further the original intent of establishing a pioneer village. As located on the lawn between carpark and cafe, a flourishing oak tree is a living symbol of the society that grew from an acorn seed. History records that the seed was sown at a general public meeting in the Ngaere Hall in February 1973 attended by 41 interested persons including representatives from local bodies and many organisations. The meeting was called by the Stratford Antique and Collectors Society Inc and president Ian Harrison outlined the material in storage collected since 1971. He further addressed the meeting on the proposed aims and objects to set up a pioneer village at Ngaere Gardens including buildings and machinery A lease was entered into until December 1975 and two buildings – the Tariki Station and a prefabricated classroom – were transported to the Ngaere site. In January 1976, the present property was purchased at auction and was occupied on March 1. The original Ngaere Gardens Pioneer Village Society Inc name was changed to Taranaki Pioneer Village Society Inc. Ian Harrison, who had been president of the two previous Societies associated with promoting the pioneer village concept, retired from the position of president in May 1976 and continued to serve as a board member of the new society. The late Jim Best was the first president of the Taranaki Pioneer Village.

UNIQUE LIVING VILLAGE DAYS Following the successful introduction of ‘Living Village Days’ last October, our second ‘live day’ on Saturday January 19 is a must if you missed the inaugural day. With an emphasis on authenticity including period costumes, old time live music and the many sight, sounds and smells of craftspeople at work, it was a grand occasion which created a delightful celebration of our heritage. Be assured, this is a unique event with a guarantee of fun and education for all family members. Definitely a different day out during the school holidays! Great value at normal admission rates and $25 for family groups. For society members, current volunteers and children under five – it’s free admission! After many years of requiring some attention, an early model Stone Crusher has now been restored and is fully operational. This is a typical example of awaiting assistance from a volunteer with the skills to undertake specific restoration work. See it in action at our forthcoming live day! Creating a reverbrating sound – the man behind the cannon fire is black powder enthusiast Errol Clince who attracted much attention at the inaugural live day.

Fifteen thousand hours of voluntary effort by management board members attending meetings over the last four decades is but one incredible statistic associated with the development of the village!

Village statistics Increases recorded for the year ended 31 December 2012 were admissions 14.8%, membership 21.1% and train rides 22.0% Of particular note is the significant increase of 42.6% in admissions over the last two years.

He is one of many participants who present their vintage passions that have greatly assisted the introduction of our living village days.


HERITAGE TRANSPORT VEHICLE COLLECTION

RA N A KI TA PIONEER VILLAGE

VINTAGE GALLERY One of the first tarpot machines that transformed local streets and rural roads to a sealed surface. Despite the dilapidated appearance it remains in a reasonable condition after many years of storage at the village. It is a typical example of the aims of the Society in ‘preserving yesterday for tomorrow’. A brass plaque reads “Union Foundries, Hawera”, one of several foundries (in Eltham and Stratford) that created the original name.

‘preserving yesterday, today, for tomorrow’

When fully restored, the tarpot machine will form part of a ‘Union Foundries’ display which is currently being developed.

1973 – 2013 40 years of progress in preserving our local heritage for tomorrow

In mint condition, a milk vendors cart operated by Fred Oliver was a familiar sight in Stratford streets during the 1930’s

Organisational Member

TARANAKI PIONEER VILLAGE SOCIETY INC

PO Box 401, Stratford 4352, SH3, Stratford South, Central Taranaki, NZ. Phone/Fax: 06 765 5399 Email: admin@pioneervillage.co.nz Website: www.pioneervillage.co.nz

Published and distributed by Pioneer Village Marketing. Artwork and printing by bcreative print and graphics

NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2013

With the approach of our fortieth birthday in March, the Society can reflect on what has been achieved with some pride and satisfaction. While not without elements of frustration in making desired progress, the development of ‘the Village’ has been slow but sure, Today, the results and rewards are becoming evident as the village operation continues to attract a wide range of patrons. The Pioneer Village has become a multipurpose venue providing amenities within a unique setting created by the presentation of our heritage within parklike surroundings. Without the support of a legacy and grant monies being received for specific projects, the vision of the Society would have been severely curtailed. The assistance from many funding sources is acknowledged with immense appreciation. To be recognised is the vast impact over the years by volunteer persons. Without their dedication the long term project would not have been possible. The ‘village project’ could be termed ‘infinity plus one’ due to the nature of the project as further valued opportunities arise. One recent example is to feature the ‘Union Foundries’ of Stratford as established in 1922 who had a nationwide reputation in the manufacture of machinery under the ‘Harvos’ brand as associated with early roadmaking history. As acquired over time, the Society has a road grader, a tarpot machine and soon to be transported from Thames, a five ton roadroller. Enquiries towards obtaining an early bush locomotive, as sold under the ‘Harvos’ brand, are currently continuing. To past and present members, staff and volunteers who have been associated with our history; to the many donors of artifacts, to funders and to the many commercial connections – our sincere thanks for your support over past years. Throughout the Society’s progress, it is recognised that it has been fortunate with leadership from presidents who ‘were the right person for the position’ as each era of progress continued. Their commitment and faith in the future met some daunting challenges in earlier decades. Today we can be proud of their perseverance

RANA KI A T PIONEER VILLAGE A UNIQUE HERITAGE EVENT!

‘LIVING VILLAGE DAY’10am -4pm

Saturday January 19 TARANAKI PIONEER VILLAGE SH3, Stratford South

presenting displays, demonstrations and entertainment from the 1850-1950 era

PIONEER EXPRESS TRAIN RIDES LIVE 1930’s MUSIC SPINNERS AND WEAVERS BLACK POWDER CANNON SHOOT PRINTERS SHOP • POLICE STATION BARBERS SALON • VILLAGE FORGE WHEELWRIGHT • PENNY FARTHING HOSPITAL MUSEUM • STONE CRUSHER BOOK BINDER • STATIC DISPLAYS Come and experience a nostalgic day with many authentic displays, traditional crafts and music from yesteryear. A fun day for all the family ...and educational.

PRIZE FOR THE MOST APPROPRIATE PERIOD COSTUME Café with childrens playground – open from 8am Usual admission charges apply including family $25 Free admission to society members and children under 5

that left a legacy of success which continues to be built on. The Society continues with positive growth during 2012 confirming trends that have become evident particularly during the past three years.

Page 2 President’s Comment • Page 3 Society News

• Page 4 Vintage Gallery

The Society acknowledges the financial support received from Taranaki Electricity Trust, TSB Community Trust, COGS, Southern Trust and Stratford District Council


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