75th reunion for settlers

The Tuakau and District Old Settlers’ Association held their 75th Annual Reunion luncheon recently, and many took a trip down memory lane.
The reunion originated in April 1941, when a sports day was hosted on the property of Mr C Smeed by the Tuakau Patriotic Committee.
This incorporated a reunion of former and current Tuakau residents and the Tuakau and District Old Settlers’ Association was formed in 1942. The constitution stated that membership was open to ‘any person who has the interests of Tuakau at heart, regardless of whether he or she is a descendant of Tuakau pioneers or not.’
In 2017 the Association is still going strong and on Tuesday 5 December the 75th annual reunion luncheon was held at the Tuakau Memorial Hall. Approximately 130 people travelled from as far afield as Australia to attend the event. The hall walls were lined with photos provided by the Tuakau and District Museum. These photos prompted many conversations about ‘the good old days.’
A tour around the district in a 50-seater bus, which was generously provided by Murphy Buses, was a highlight for some of the attendees.
Guest speaker, former Pokeno resident and well-known local auctioneer, Jim Peacock, shared his reminiscences of Pokeno in the 1950s and related some humorous tales of his time as an auctioneer.
The anniversary cake was cut by the two oldest guests, 92 year old Joyce Lee (nèe Hart) and 93 year old Dave Barnes. The cake was then served with afternoon tea, after which another memorable gathering came to a close.
Caption: Margaret Hewitt, guest speaker Jim Peacock and Lynne Graham enjoyed catching up and reminiscing at the Tuakau and District Old Settlers’ Association reunion.

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