CENTENARY 100 Years of Education in the Taotaoroa Whitehall Karapiro Districts. 1885 — 1985

This is a digitized version of CENTENARY 100 Years of Education in the Taotaoroa Whitehall Karapiro Districts. 1885 — 1985 researched and complied by Phyllis Jeans, typed by Lesley Sewell and published in October 1985.

KWTJubilee registration push

During June and July we will hold working bees (at Karapiro School) to bring together stories and photos – especially, though not exclusively, about the last 25 years. Using the 1985 Centennial book as the basis we intend producing a Second Edition with updated material. We have yet to decide what form this will take – a book or perhaps more likely a ‘virtual book’ on DVD. We are in the process of digitizing the 1985 book so it can be integrated with the new material.


Just after 11 o’clock on Saturday the 5th of October 1985 this table cloth was used for the centennial cake cutting celebrating 100 years of education in Whitehall, Karapiro and Taotaoroa districts. In September 2010 the same cloth – with updated embroidery – will serve a similar purpose at the Karapiro, Whitehall, Taotaoroa and Karapiro Hydro Schools 125th Jubilee. For more information please visit the website.

Aileen Grant – Live Feed

Aileen Mary GRANT (née Duncan) peacefully passed away with family at her side in Waikato Hospital on 29 August 2009 at 12.20am after a sudden development. Dearly loved wife and lifelight of Robert Barrington Grant, inspirational, vibrant mother and friend of daughters Celia and Adrienne, son-in-law John Lee, and Greg Locke. Sister and sister-in-law of Warrick and Marion Duncan, Beverley and Don Rogers (California), Bruce and Leonie Duncan (both deceased), and Stuart and Cornelia Grant. Much loved auntie and friend of Steven and Jung Won Moore and Katie Moore (California), Janine and Mark Duncan, Lyrae, Gene and Carla Duncan, and Maria, Sophia and Helen Grant. Devoted great-niece of David Savill.

Preparing music

Warwick Duncan, Debbie Nisbet and Celia Grant prepare music for tomorrow’s funeral service for Aileen Grant – Warwick’s sister and Celia’s mother – at St Stephens Church Tamahere this evening Tuesday the 1st of September 2009. (Service to be held at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Tamahere, corner of S.H.1. and Airport Road on Wednesday 2nd September at 1pm.)

A visit to the ‘other’ French Pass

With all the discussion lately about the origins of the French Pass Road in Cambridge maybe a reference to the French Pass in the Marlborough Sounds is appropriate. It had been our long-held ambition to visit the ‘other’ French Pass from the one here in Cambridge on which we have lived for many years. And in March of this year we did just that.

French Pass is situated in the Marlborough Sounds, at the top of the South Island. To get there, we turned off SH 6 between Nelson and Blenheim at the Rai Valley sign- post. The 64 km drive to French Pass is truly spectacular. The narrow and winding road passes through dense bush and seaside settlements. It is sealed to Elaine Bay. The remaining section is unsealed, travelling through open farmland with wandering stock, cattle stops, loose metal, dust and corrugations. It is not for the faint hearted. We were however, rewarded with magnificent sea views in all directions including the French Pass itself and D’Urville Island to the North. It is a two hour journey each way.

From typewriter to digital whiteboard

Twenty-Five or so years ago when my Mum – Phyllis Jeans – gathered the material for Centenary 100 Years of Education in the Taotaoroa Whitehall Karapiro Districts. 1885 – 1985 [ISBN 0-473-00307-4] the manuscript was typed (by Lesley Sewell) and set again for the printing presses at Cambridge Independent. We on the other hand have access to all the current digital tools enabling us to share and edit documents from home – view them online at meetings and share much more readily and rapidly to a greater audience the fruits of our research and planning. Above the Karapiro, Whitehall, Taotaoroa and Karapiro Hydro Schools’ 125th Jubilee committee meets at Karapiro School this Thursday evening the 4th of June 2009. The 125th Jubilee is being held in September 2010.