Underwater Heritage Group New Zealand
Karitane by the Sea
Karitane by the Sea - Whalers, Traders and Fishermen
John H. Brock’s delightful painting of the old wharf and store at Karitane Beach in 1923 touches on the history, commerce and seaside holidays that are all part of the Karitane story. (Hocken Library, 24.052.)
Karitane is a little township and fishing port at the mouth of the Waikouaiti River on the coast north of Dunedin. Outside the area the name Karitane probably conjures up images of babies and association with Sir Truby King, the founder of the Plunket movement. While Karitane By the Sea does bring out the role of Sir Truby King in the development of fishing at Karitane, and of the township itself, this story is focused on the more than 170 years of shipping through the Port of Waikouaiti.
Cannon to make a comeback.
A 125-year-old gun languishing in Newmarket is to be remounted, allaying earlier concerns that it had been dumped and forgotten.
The muzzle-loaded gun, part of a defence arsenal against a perceived Russian threat in the late 19th century, was moved to the nearby Olympic Green as part of a recently-completed $2 million redevelopment of Lumsden Green.
The move surprised some in the community who believed a piece of their history, which had been a part of Lumsden Green for decades, had been dumped and forgotten.
But Hobson councillor and Auckland City Council city development committee chairman Aaron Bhatnagar said work had begun on replacing its rotting wooden carriage to restore the old gun.