Waiheke Island Historical Society, Inc.

PO Box 206, Ostend

Waiheke Island 1843

New Zealand

(09) 372-2970

February 2020

Greetings from your President

Here we are heading into 2020, but before the door is closed on 2019 this is what we have achieved for our community:


The painting of Day Cottage was completed; it was such a relief to see it looking so good. Graeme O’Brien carried this out for us and also painted the roof of Champion Cottage, which we are aiming to have repainted as well, but it is in desperate need of some replacement weatherboards first, along with some window repairs.

A New Venture

This is where we have been extremely lucky, as during the year we were asked to have the Community Shed on part of the land that we lease. Some of the members involved in the Shed have generously offered to replace the boards for us free of charge, which is wonderful. Once we have paid for the wood and repairs completed, this charming building will be repainted to help preserve its character. The Community Shed will hopefully be placed on our land in 2020.


We had another wonderful Live Heritage day on Labour Weekend; it was so successful I have been asked to put on another this year – but we will need your help if we are to carry this out!


However, we are lucky to have those volunteers who give so much to our museum to help keep it going and our history alive. From time to time we get asked about past residents of our island and quite often it stirs the memory and it’s exciting to recall different things about other people’s relatives. I find working on the desk really enjoyable as you meet all sorts of people who love our museum and what we have in it and often have stories of their own to tell.

Our small band of volunteers continue to support and help where they can but as we are all getting older, younger people are needed to help as well.

We lost a very valuable man from our team this year - what he contributed to our museum was outstanding. Ted Wright will always be remembered for the work he carried out. Remember, without the volunteers there would not be a Museum on Waiheke so my committee and I are very grateful that with their help we can fulfill our dreams.


A reminder that your membership subscription is due by the AGM on 5 April 2020.

We look forward to seeing you at our AGM. Let’s make this Museum something Waiheke can be proud of.

Wishing you all a belated Happy New Year, despite the very hot weather.

Sue Philcox



Membership renewal

Please return this form with your cheque for $20.00 per person to:

The Treasurer

Waiheke Island Historical Society Inc

P O Box 206 Ostend, Waiheke Island 1843

Or, if you prefer by internet banking to:

ASB 12-3011-0960967-00, reference WIHS subs and quoting your name.

Please update your details below:


Address :

Phone No:


waihekemuseum@slingshot.co.nz http://waihekemuseum.org.nz

The Historic Village and Museum is open year-around on Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday,

and public holiday Mondays, 11 – 3 PM, on Onetangi Straight near the Golf Club.