Significant Milestones and Days in 2017

2017 has been a year full of magnificent milestones, memorable moments and events that will go down in history. Here are a selection of the anniversaries, jubilees and birthdays that were celebrated this year.


1.Pukekohe couple Steve and May Danes celebrated 70 years of marriage. Steve said it was love at first sight when he met May at a local dance. The couple were married at the St Andrews Church in Pukekohe.

Best friends, 70 years later

2. Waiuku Netball Centre celebrated their Diamond jubilee in style. A carnival, training sessions, and social dinner were just some of the events that took place over the year reliving fond moments.

Waiuku Netball Centre celebrates 60

3.Waiuku Swimming Club celebrated 50 years after the opening of the Whiteside Pool in 1967.

4.The Tuakau Volunteer Fire Brigade reached their 75 year milestone in May. They held a parade featuring appliances from other districts before parking up at the station for the community to explore, and see the variety of demonstrations.

Fire Brigade celebrating 75years

Brigade ‘vital cog’ for 75 years

5.The Waiuku War Memorial Hall celebrated 100 years with many events and shows over the course of several weeks.

She turns 100 on 31st May

6.Family business Wrights Showcase Jewellers celebrated 105 years of business this year. Opening up shop in 1912, Walter Wright started the jewellery and watchmakers business which has remained in Pukekohe ever since.

Pukekohe Jewellers celebrate 105 years

7.Buckland School celebrated their 125th anniversary on Friday 17 March. Past and present students, teachers and school supporters went along for the day which included a range of displays and presentations from the current students.

Buckland School celebrates 125 years

8.It was a weekend of events for Ramarama School as they celebrated their 150th jubilee in November. From social evenings, to games and tours, everyone enjoyed a fantastic event remembering their time at the School with fondness.

Ramarama School’s sesquicentennial

9.In September, Awhitu Church celebrated 140 years. The church has withstood many local, social and religious changes since it opened in 1877. A service and afternoon tea was held to commemorate the milestone.

Awhitu Church approaches 140 year milestone


1.Longtime local, Lorraine Boase celebrated 90 years with a surprise party put on by her family. Lorraine Boase (Renall) was born on 27 March 1927 in Waiuku and lived in Te Toro after she was married.

Lorraine celebrates 90th Birthday

2.Allan Hyland celebrated 90 years in style with a surprise birthday held at the Kentish Hotel.  Around 80 friends and family attended to greet him with a huge cheer. Allan was born at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Allan celebrates significant milestone

3.Emily Morrison celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday 27 September with friends and family at Lakeside Retirement Village in Pukekohe. The long-time local used to own a bakery and tea rooms in Tuakau.

‘Fantastic’ Emily celebrates 100th birthday

4.Waiuku’s Reece Rogers completed another milestone in February—his 101st birthday. Born on 15 February 1916, he has lived through many changes including the introduction of motor vehicles and water taps to his house as a child.

Milestone for Reece Rogers

5.Beryl Baguley celebrated the grand age of 108 in March. Friends and family gathered to enjoy cake, although it was a little tricky finding a card for a 108 year old, they said.

Beryl celebrates 108th Birthday

6.Combined age birthday of 350 years. Volunteers from St Andrew’s Op Shop in Waiuku were treated to a special morning tea at on Thursday 23 November. (From left), Bruce Glenny, 90, Molly McIllmoyle, 90, Mona Francis, 80 and Dick Renall, 90.

Combined age birthday of 350 years

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