CELEBRATING 125 YEARS OF TE PUKE - 2006.
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD TUESDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2005 - 7PM AT THE TE PUKE HOTEL.
Present: Christine Clement, Lynne Robertson, Val Gibbons (Malyon and Barnett Family), Rex and Margaret Rex-Benner (Creative Te Puke Forum), Jane Sylvia (BPW), Barb Oldeman , Gloria Zanders (Methodist Church), Kevin Beckett (Focus Te Puke), Karyl Gunn (Focus Te Puke and Community Board), Paul Hickson (Te Puke Fast Forward), Graeme Mortlock (Te Puke Lions Club), Mike Jones (Councillor).
Apologies: Geoff Mutton (Country Music Club), John Jensen (A & P Society), Renee McLeod (Creative Forum Te Puke), Bryan Walker (Quiz master).
The meeting was called in the Te Puke Times of the Wednesday 09 November 2005 and also by email to interested parties.
Christine Clement advised to the meeting that Lynne and she were here to act as co-ordinators of events to celebrate 2006 as their effort for the year was to write a book for which they have been granted funding and are well on the way to researching. At the inaugural meeting of the 125th Celebration it was decided to run events over the whole year with the community taking ownership for their own items. It had been decided that a specific date was not to be used as this created dissension amongst people whose family had been here before that date, both European and Maori. Earlier in 2005 letters were sent to clubs and organisations in the area advising them of the 125th and that they may like to include a special item in their usual programme. Te Puke has two annual events already in place and groups may like to coat-tail on to these — the Kiwifruit Festival in September and the Float Parade in early December. Lynne and Christine have a calendar which dates are being written in and copies of this will be given to the Te Puke Times and the Information Centre.
Christine then gave a list of suggestions both from the Centennial Programme and other input; - scrapbook, pioneer luncheon, historical bus tour/walk, family tree displays, float parade theme, restore various memorials around town, quiz night on Te Puke and District, Top Town for Schools/Parents, bronze plaque to be added to the Centennial Cairn, display of Te Puke archives and artefacts and a possible "race" from The Strand, Tauranga to the Post Office, Te Puke (the men going by land and the women by sea).
Val Gibbons volunteered to keep the 2006 scrapbook, the Methodist Church ladies were already working towards a wedding theme, the Lions Club are to do the Pioneer Luncheon, Focus Te Puke are to use the 125th as their theme during the Kiwifruit Festival and Float parade for 2006, Bryan Walker had already expressed interest in a Te Puke quiz and Paengaroa School already ran a top school competition. Paul Hickson said that both Arohanui and the Film Club are interested in doing something. The Te Puke Times had said that they were keen to have a banner for the next year celebrating 125 years of Te Puke — Christine and Lynne need to follow up as Christine Steel has now left.
Margaret Rex-Benner then spoke on behalf of the Creative Te Puke Forum. They will be having a blessing and opening of their walk-way art on Saturday the 25 March 2006 and suggested that ethnic groups and schools may like to coat-tail on to this event. Margaret is to contact Focus Te Puke for their help with the organisation of this. Also to contact the Tauranga Ethnic Council.
Val Gibbons was representing the Malyon Family Reunion which is to be held in October 2006.
Jane Sylvia was representing the BPW ladies and is to take some ideas back to their group for further discussion.
Gloria Zanders of the Methodist Church told of their group who was planning a display of weddings and photos through the ages. This was felt that it may be ideal to be held during the Kiwi Fruit Festival as it needed to be spread over a few days.
Karyl Gunn suggested that a follow-up letter to groups would be a good idea. Lynne and Christine will organise this.
The meeting finished at 8.30pm.
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