Hokianga History and Memorabilia
A collection of historical, personal and other material related to life on
the Hokianga, New Zealand, where some of the earliest European
settlement occurred.
updated - 7 April 2016
Hokianga Historical Society
Rawene on the south shore of the Hokianga River - photo Ken Baker
Site Links:
Contact the Hokianga Historical

Alexa and Owen Whaley
Tel: + 64.9.405 8641 or
14 Waianga Place, Omapere
South Hokianga
New Zealand

Website designed, installed and maintained by :
Ken Baker, Brussels, Belgium

Join the Society!! The Hokianga Historical Society
is looking for your support, especially financial, to
be able to complete and augment its new premises
for it's collections and museum.

  • Mailing address:
           P.O. Box 26
           0445 Opononi

    Link to: Where to find us brochure
The Museum and
Archives Centre is
open at Omapere
for visitors and for research

Previous Exhibitions:

September 2013 "Then and Now" - a look at early
photographs alongside current views

May 2013: "Carrying the News" - How Hokianga
heard and hears what's happening

Summer 2012/2013 "Soaring over the Hokianga"

Tel: 09 405 8498
Open: Monday to Saturday,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closed: Sunday

Museum Curator:
Donna Washbrook

How to reach us: State Highway 12 at
14 Waianga Place, Omapere, South Hokianga
(look for the sign)
Link to: Where to find us brochure
Historical Material & Documents

Hokianga Historical Society

World War One Commemoration

Family History, Census and Directory Information -
Early Residents of the Hokianga District
News & Events

Rawene Member, Robin Hoare, to
talk about the old rail wagon and rail
history at Kohukohu
2.00 p.m. Sunday 17 April 2016 at Kohukohu Fire Station

HHS Wins special Award for World
War One Commemoration Project
for details see link

Northland Heritage presents
Certificate of Appreciation to Alexa
and Owen Whaley for “the collection,
curation and archiving of the history
of the Hokianga"

Current Exhibitions at the Museum

The Story & Wreck of the Ventnor - the discovery
and research of the ship S.S Ventnor carrying the
remains of 500Chinese back to China in 1902 (
further details here

The 1st two boats to come on shore at Omapere from the sunken Ventnor -
welcomed by  Charles Bryers (right) whose house was located on the beach
(photo courtesy Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries)

Commemoration of WWI and the part played by
the people and soldiers of  the Hokianga Region 100
years ago - Original documents, posters, photographs
and newspapers of the day from around the world (
our special WW1 pages). New Publication available.

The WW1 Exhibition at the museum - photo coutesy Owen Whaley

Hokianga Historical Society
All our Society Newsletters are permanently available on-line.

Opo the Dolphin Statue
Visit the original historic statue of Opo the Dolphin
now in the Hokianga Museum at Omapere