More True Tales of Onerahi


It has been a privilege to compile More True Tales of Onerahi – He Kōrero Tonu Ana Ngā Pūrākau ō Onerahirahi, which was launched in December 2019, just three years following the publication of True Tales of Onerahi - He Kōrero I Ahu Mai I Te Onerahirahi.

In the course of doing True Tales of Onerahi, we collected an excess of stories and photos , so, after a bit of a break, during which we developed a couple of Onerahi Heritage Trail brochures (available at Whangārei’s libraries and information centres). We decided to get underway with a second volume of stories.  This seemed to be the best way to enable easy access to our community’s stories, images and history.

More True Tales of Onerahi is 282 pages in length and contains over 400 images and photos. Many of which are sourced from private family collections and they all help to enrich our understanding of  the relationships within the community as it once was. The book also contains a timeline of key events in Onerahi’s history, as well as an alphabetical listing of every street in Onerahi, and background on each street’s name and development.

Together, the two volumes of True Tales of Onerahi provide a vivid picture of Onerahi’s history and development.  Most of the stories are first-person accounts told by the people who lived here, and these are complemented by researched stories about some of our key landmarks, and diverse characters that make up our community.

I wish to acknowledge the contribution made by members of the True Tales of Onerahi Group: Kaylee Kolkman, Brent Mawson, Lucy Mullinger, David Boyes and Wendy Giffin.

Copies of both books are available from Onerahi New World, Onerahi Bookshop, Kamo Book Inn and Trademe.

Agnes Hermans
December 2019


Onerahi Resource Centre (ORC) is a registered Charitable Trust. All profits from the sale of this book will be used in the Onerahi Community.

Board members at the time the book was produced include Mariameno Kapa-Kingi,

Agnes Hermans, Melanie Closs and David Harris.

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