Karehana Bay is a bay and nearby residential area at the western end of Plimmerton, a northern coastal suburb of Porirua. It is located near the entrance to the Porirua Harbour, to the south-east of Hongoeka. It is about 5 minutes drive to Karehana Bay from the State Highway 1 turnoff to Plimmerton. The area looks out towards Mana Island and across Cook Strait to the South Island.
Karehana Bay is the site of a fine sediment beach, the Plimmerton Boating Club (since 1925), Karehana Park and the Karehana Bay Scenic Reserve.
The bay and the adjacent residential area are named after Whakataki Karehana, a Ngati Toa chief who lived in the area in the 1890s. The name was assigned to the area by the Hutt County Council in 1923. The name Karehana Bay has been depicted in maps and survey plans since 1952 and Karehana Bay (suburb) was first named as a separate suburb from Plimmerton in Department of Lands and Survey maps in 1965. It continues to appear in Land Information New Zealand topographical maps, along with the bay. However, in 2011 the New Zealand Geographic Board accepted a Porirua City Council proposal to amalgamate the recorded names of "Karehana Bay" and "Plimmerton" under the official name "Plimmerton".
The coastal area around Plimmerton, including Karehana Bay, began to be developed in the late 19th and early 20th century. In 1905 George Troup purchased 365 acres of land at Plimmerton. In the following years, Troup subdivided a large area of land at Karehana Bay and laid out several of its roads, including Cluny, Gordon, Airlie and Ogilvie roads. At that time the subdivision was known as the Plimmerton Extension, with the first auction of the land held on 26 January 1909. A further auction of 100 properties was held on 6 March 1912. Early baches were owned by Ernest Gyton and Frederick Bilton.
During the 1980s and 1990s the area experienced a considerable change in its socioeconomic landscape as many affluent Wellingtonians became aware of its natural beauty, resulting in many small coastal batches and cottages being replaced with larger family homes and infill housing. Many retired residents still remain in their older batches and cottages, allowing the area to retain something of its character.
Notable references and events
Karehana Bay has hosted Plimmerton Kindergarten's annual Plimmerton Mid-Winter Dip fund raiser since 1997.
- Plimmerton Boating Club, Club History, http://www.plimmertonboatingclub.org.nz/history.htm
- Porirua City Council, Karehana Bay Scenic Reserve Management Plan, December 2001, http://www.pcc.govt.nz/DownloadFile/Publications/Leisure-and-Recreation-Plans/GetImage.aspx?imageid=a39f94fe-ad74-4498-948e-6c175d181b70&downloadnow=true
- "Plimmerton Extension - Large enough for a name", Evening Post, Volume CV, Issue 85, 10 April 1923, Page 8, http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=EP19230410.2.101&srpos=3&e=-------10--1----0%22plimmerton+extension%22--
- Land Information New Zealand, Geographic Name Proposal - Submission Report: Plimmerton, http://www.linz.govt.nz/sites/default/files/docs/placenames/submission-reports/nzgb-submission-report-plimmerton-20111103.pdf
- Land Information New Zealand, Consultation on proposed names: Plimmerton, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-30. Retrieved 2014-08-30.
- Bob Maysmor, Plimmerton: A colourful history
- James Veitch. 'Troup, George Alexander - Biography', from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 1-Sep-10, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/biographies/2t49/1
- 'Plimmerton Extension', Evening Post, Volume LXXVII, Issue 21, 26 January 1909, Page 6, http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=EP19090126.2.68
- "Advertisements", Dominion, Volume 5, Issue 1372, 24 February 1912, Page 9, http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=DOM19120220.127.116.11&srpos=6&e=-------10--1----0%22plimmerton+extension%22--
- Pataka Museum, Plimmerton - A colourful history: Teacher's notes, http://www.pataka.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/Plimmerton-Exhibition-v2-2012.pdf
- Glover Denis,'Threnody', in Hogan, Helen M, Nowhere Far From The Sea, Whitcombe & Tombs Ltd, Christchurch, 1971
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