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The Howick 175 committee/trustees have been extremely busy this year. Times file photo Wayne Martin

After much preparation, the highlight times for our Howick 175 anniversary are fast approaching.

An amazing amount of voluntary work has been done by many community-minded people and organisations who are very committed to the well-being of East Auckland.

We all want a community that is caring, respectful, safe and with good amenities. The 175 anniversary events help us appreciate all we enjoy here.

Please do visit our website at and see the many resources including stories of people who have come to this area, correspondence from Ngai Tai, information about the beginnings of our local settler history, and the all-important events calendar.

We are fortunate to have the resources of the Howick & Districts Historical Society to help us in our understanding of the early Fencible families’ immigration and the Howick Historical Village is one of our cherished attractions, enjoyed by local citizens of all ages and many visitors.

Few communities in New Zealand have a local historian of the stature of Alan La Roche MBE.

Alan has given a lifetime of service and is widely respected for his community commitment and historical expertise.

As a published historian I greatly admire all he has done for Howick and districts.

Do buy and read Alan’s books and you can now view a recently produced 5-part video series about his life and local work (access via the 175 website or the historical village website).

The Howick & Districts Historical Society has recently elected a new president, John Osborne, and a new board.

We affirm and encourage them in their good work and especially thank retiring president Marin Burgess for her excellent service.

A special upcoming event this week is a ‘Discover Howick Village’ 3-hour group tour, and do call into the Art Lounge at 39 Picton Street to view the beautiful heritage quilts.

  • Forthcoming 175 anniversary events:
Till November 5

Howick’s Heritage Quilts On Display
Art Lounge, 39 Picton St, Howick

These quilt panels depict the unique geographic, historic and ethnic mix of Howick.

Sat October 22

Howick 175 tea and other memorabilia
Information Centre, Howick Markets
Purchase the specially blended celebration tea and other Howick 175 memorabilia.
Sat October 29
St John’s Theological College Anniversary Picnic
202 Meadowbank Rd, Meadowbank
Visit and bring your own a picnic (food, drinks, blanket) to St Johns College. Tour the historic 1840s buildings and see where the Fencible families were welcomed in 1847, before they came to Howick.
When you arrive, please park and leave your picnic in your car. Walk to the reception area, where you will be welcomed. A brief introduction, then a tour of the rooms used for the day and the chapel. The library will show a continuous power point presentation. Later return to you cars to retrieve your picnic and relax and enjoy yourselves.
If the weather is not the best there will be alternative areas.

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