Ngaere

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Ngaere
Ngaere is located in Taranaki Region
Ngaere
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 (2.5 miles) 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.

Attractions[edit]

Ngaere Dairy Factory

"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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

  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. 
  4. ^ "Ngaere School and Districts 125th Jubilee" (– Scholar search). Education Gazette New Zealand 85 (16). 18 September 2006. [dead link]

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

General historical works[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Slightly related to the above (in that it involves a sawmill) are the dissenting letters from residents of Cheal and Windsor Roads to the a train operated by Inglewood businessman Henry Brown and the local Ngaire Sawmills. The letters date from 1897. See "Stratford County Council (ARC2003-853)". Retrieved 2008-02-07. [dead link]
  • 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[edit]

  • 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. 
  • The oral historian Alison Robinson interviewed Bruce and Jenny Clarke in 1992. They talk about their farm, Jenny's experience as a teacher (at Finnerty Road School), and the district in general. The interview is held within "Puke Ariki".  in New Plymouth. See "(ARC2002-390)". Retrieved 2008-02-07. [dead link]
  • The oral historian Alison Robinson interviewed Alf Willan in 1992. He talks about the district, Lowgarth, and the Lowgarth dairy co-operative (which later merged with the Ngaere Co-operative Dairy Company) The interview is held within "Puke Ariki".  in New Plymouth. See "Willan, Alf. S. (ARC2002-377)". Retrieved 2008-02-07. [dead link]

Schools[edit]

  • 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. 
  • The oral historian Alison Robinson interviewed Jenny Clarke in 1992. Jenny talks about her experience as a teacher (at Finnerty Road School). The interview is held within "Puke Ariki".  in New Plymouth. See "(ARC2002-390)". Retrieved 2008-02-07. [dead link]

Coordinates: 39°23′S 174°18′E / 39.383°S 174.300°E / -39.383; 174.300