Waimate North

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This article is about the North Island town. For the town in the South Island of New Zealand, see Waimate.
Waimate North
Waimate North is located in Northland Region
Waimate North
Waimate North
Coordinates: 35°18′52″S 173°52′55″E / 35.31444°S 173.88194°E / -35.31444; 173.88194Coordinates: 35°18′52″S 173°52′55″E / 35.31444°S 173.88194°E / -35.31444; 173.88194
Country New Zealand
Region Northland Region
District Far North District

Waimate North is a small settlement in Northland, New Zealand. It is situated between Kerikeri and Lake Omapere, west of the Bay of Islands.

Okuratope Pa was situated here and was the home to chief Te Hotete (father of Hongi Hika) of the Ngai Tawake hapu in the late 18th-early 19th centuries. A major disturbance took place here in 1800, when an attacking Ngare Raumati war party from Te Rawhiti murdered and ate chief Te Maoi's wife, Te Auparo as well as their daughter, Te Karehu. This led to revenge attacks, which lasted over two decades; and resulted in the comprehensive defeat of the Ngare Raumati and the conquest of their lands by Ngapuhi (including Te Maoi and Te Auparo's three chiefly sons; Te Wharerahi, Rewa, and Moka 'Kainga-mataa'.

Te Waimate Mission House

It was one of the earliest centres of European settlement and features the second-oldest surviving European building in New Zealand, at Te Waimate mission. The first European wedding in New Zealand was conducted on 11 October 1831 at the St John the Baptist church, when William Gilbert Puckey (26), son of a Missionary carpenter, William Puckey, married Matilda Elizabeth Davis (17), second daughter of the Missionary Rev. Richard Davis.[1][2]

During the Flagstaff War (1845-1846) casualties of the Battle of Ohaeawai were buried in the church yard of Church of St John the Baptist.[3] The mission station was used as the headquarters for the British army, after which the mission lost support among Maori.[4] The mission station gradually fell into disrepair and the buildings were subsequently put up for sale. Today the only remnant on the site is the house originally occupied by George Clarke, which is preserved by Heritage New Zealand as a museum.[5]

The existing St John the Baptist church at Waimate North was built in 1871.[6][7]

Waimate North Christian School closed in 2005.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St. John the Baptist Church, Waimate North, Bay of Islands". Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Church of St John the Baptist (Anglican) and Churchyard (344 Te Ahu Ahu Road, Waimate North)". Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Church of St John the Baptist (Anglican) and Churchyard (344 Te Ahu Ahu Road, Waimate North)". Historic Places Trust. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Church of St John the Baptist (Anglican) and Churchyard (344 Te Ahu Ahu Road, Waimate North)". Historic Places Trust. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Te Waimate Mission House". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  6. ^ Bedggood, W.E. (1971). Brief History of St John Baptist Church Te Waimate. News, Kaikohe. 
  7. ^ "St. John the Baptist, Waimate North, Northland". Don Donovan. 
  8. ^ "Mergers, Closures and New Schools, January 2005 - December 2005" (XLS). Education Counts.