WIHS

Waiheke Island Historical Society

P O Box 206, Ostend, Waiheke Island 1843, New Zealand

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Republication of Waiheke Pioneers

Dixie Day’s book Waiheke Pioneers, the standard reference for early European settlement on Waiheke, had been out of print for five years, but we have published a second, revised edition. The book launch took place in conjunction with our AGM on 12 June (see below). You can purchase the book at the Museum or at retail stores around the island, or order it online.


Covid-19 Disruptions

Museum is open!

With New Zealand now at Covid-19 alert level orange, the Museum of Waiheke will be open to the public whenever we have volunteers to do so. Stay tuned to this website or to our Facebook page for further developments, or call the Museum on (09) 372-2970 during opening hours to confirm that we are open. (See our Covid-19 closure policy below.)


Goodwin Cottage handrail

Goodwin Cottage handrail, thanks to Paul Wise

Thanks to island handyman Paul Wise, the steps up to Goodwin Cottage now have a handrail to help our disabled visitors enter the cottage. Paul is also responsible for the brick edging that now graces the pathways between cottages. Thank you Paul!


We’re featured on the Sealink Roadtrip

Our Museum is featured on Sealink’s Art & Culture Roadtrip. Have a look!


The History Quiz

That’s right — a trivia quiz with no science, no rugby, no Hollywood! We plan on making it a regular event for the Historical Society. Members and non-members welcome.


Wharf2Wharf Fun Run

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Wharf2Wharf

Once again, our Museum provided water to passing runners. Sadly, the 2021 and 2022 races were cancelled due to the pandemic. Come join us next year!


Members’ section

Annual General Meeting
was held on Sunday, 12 June 2022, at 2PM at the Museum. Proposed changes to our constitution to allow for non-face-to-face meetings were approved. The launch of the new edition of Dixie Day’s Waiheke Pioneers, was celebrated, featuring a blessing by Ngāti Pāoa elders.
(Read the minutes.)

New members are always welcome!
 

Newsletters & Minutes

History of the Society

Constitution

Officers

How to join


For history buffs
and researchers

Waiheke Vintage & Historic Photos
Peter Young’s Facebook page on Waiheke history

Early History of Waiheke Island

A missionary on Waiheke Island in 1849

A visit to Waiheke Island in 1858

A Belgian city in Rocky Bay?

Surfdale memories from the 1940s

The Waiheke Fun-Map (1948)

The 1922 subdivision of the Matiatia-Oneroa Estate

Cemetery transcriptions

1881 electoral roll

1893 women’s electoral roll

Under construction...
The following are coming soon:

Waiheke genealogy

Waiheke land owners in 1914

Directory of Waiheke residents in 1948


Links
 

 

The Museum of Waiheke

and Historic Village

 

The Museum of Waiheke and Historic Village

Experience a slice of Old Waiheke at the Waiheke Museum and Historic Village.

  • A reconstructed woolshed housing the Museum’s main exhibits
  • A 1930s-style island cottage (Day Cottage) that can be used as a meeting room
  • Three small bach-style houses (Champion, Keane, and Goodwin cottages) with period rooms and photo exhibits
  • A working, manually-operated telephone exchange
  • The original Waiheke jail
  • Being developed: The Taonga Heritage Gardens
  • Maori artifacts, a wool press, a whale-oil cauldron, a player piano, and even a fine old long-drop toilet! (No, not in actual use; we have modern ones for visitors.)

The Museum is located at 165 Onetangi Straight, Waiheke Island, and is open from 11 AM to 3 PM on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holiday Mondays, all year round (except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Entry is by donation; we suggest $3 per person.

How to find us


Covid-19 closure policy

In accordance with New Zealand rules regarding the response of public venues to the various alert levels during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Museum of Waiheke will observe the following policy:

  • Alert levels RED and ORANGE: Open only when we have volunteers willing to do so. Masks are required for entry to the buildings. Each building has a posted capacity limit respecting one-meter distancing.
  • Alert level GREEN: Open for business as usual.

Hand sanitiser and toilets with soap and water are always available. Good hygiene practices are a must, such as coughing into your elbow and staying home if you are feeling unwell. Thank you for your cooperation.


Volunteers Needed -- can you help?


Take a tour of the Museum buildings

The aerial view below is courtesy of Google Maps. Click on any building for more information.

Aerial view of Waiheke Museum Keane Cottage Champion Cottage Goodwin Cottage New Woolshed Police cell Day Cottage


All suggestions regarding this site are welcome. Contact Mark James on 9973 or by E-mail at tmarkjames@yahoo.com.


This page was created on 3 April 2007 and was last modified on 14 July 2022.