Ngaere

Ngaere
Ngaere
Ngaere is located in Taranaki Region
Ngaere
Coordinates: 39°23′25″S 174°17′58″E / 39.39028°S 174.29944°E / -39.39028; 174.29944
Country New Zealand
Region Taranaki
District Stratford District

Ngaere is a village situated on State Highway 3, 4 kilometres south of Stratford, New Zealand.[1][2] The name Ngaere literally means "swamp" in English, and before settlement, the area was covered by a vast and ancient wetland.

For a time the name was spelt "Ngaire", but it was changed to its Maori spelling in 1909.

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Attractions

"Ngaere Gardens", which once hosted a menagerie of exotic animals, was a popular picnic spot for early 20th century families. Several attempts at resurrecting the gardens have been to no avail. The gardens have now been cleared, and all that remains now is the large lake, and a number of mature exotic trees.

Another "famous in NZ" landmark is the Ngaere Dairy Factory, founded in 1914. It had its own brand of cheese called "Triumph". Since its closure in the mid 1970s, the factory has been put to many uses - a clothing factory, indoor cricket arena, rave dance hall, and currently a saw mill.

Ngaere formerly had a service station, which closed in the 1990s. The building has been put to a variety of uses, including as a boutique brewery, and a health shop. It is currently a motorcycle repair shop. "Fred's Place" is well known for its antiques.

Local Legends

Maori legend says that the Ngaere swamp was formed when Mt. Taranaki stopped and wept on its journey to its current resting place. Most of the swamp was drained in the early 20th century for dairy farming.

Name

People who have been named Ngaere have had the name spelled Ngaire or Nyree. There are other variations, but the Maori spelling is "Ngaere."

Education

Ngaere School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 8 and a roll of 138.[3] The school was founded in 1882.[4]

Notes

  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. map 34. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. map 85. ISBN 1-877333-20-4 
  3. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi - Ngaere School. Ministry of Education. http://www.tki.org.nz/e/schools/display_school_info.php?school_id=2205 
  4. ^ "Ngaere School and Districts 125th Jubilee" (– Scholar search). Education Gazette New Zealand 85 (16). 18 September 2006. http://www.edgazette.govt.nz/notices.php/notices.php?action=view&id=604142 [dead link]

External links

Further reading

General historical works

  • Carncross, Claude (1957). Ngaere School, 1882-1957: souvenir booklet: a history of the school and district. Ngaere, [N.Z.] ; Eltham, [N.Z.]: 75th Jubilee Committee ; Eltham Argus 
  • Robinson, Alison (1982). The Ngaere story. Ngaere, [N.Z.] ; New Plymouth, [N.Z.]: Ngaere Centennial Committee ; Taranaki Newspapers 
  • Robinson, Alison (1992). Finnerty Road School and the Lowgarth district. Lowgarth, [N.Z.]: Finnerty Road School 75th Jubilee Committee 

Business history

  • Ngaire (Ngaere) Co-operative Dairy Factory Co., Ltd. (1953). Triumph, Ngaire (Ngaere) Co-operative Dairy Factory Co., Ltd., 1893-1953, cheese. Eltham, [N.Z.]: Eltham Argus 

People

  • Betteridge, Cyril (1999). From bondage to liberty: a collection of stories, gathered and bound into a single volume, which portray the heroism of the Pioneers in relation to the Johnson and Betteridge clans. New Plymouth, [N.Z.]: Cyril Betteridge 

Schools

  • Carncross, Claude (1957). Ngaere School, 1882-1957: souvenir booklet: a history of the school and district. Ngaere, [N.Z.] ; Eltham, [N.Z.]: 75th Jubilee Committee ; Eltham Argus 
  • Robinson, Alison (1992). Finnerty Road School and the Lowgarth district. Lowgarth, [N.Z.]: Finnerty Road School 75th Jubilee Committee 

Coordinates: 39°23′S 174°18′E / 39.383°S 174.3°E / -39.383; 174.3


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