Tiniroto Heritage Book signs off successful 125th reunion

HISTORY BOUND: The last 125 years of Tiniroto as a community has been bound in a book for future generations to pore over and pass on. Tiniroto residents Jen Alley (left) and Susie Hamilton contributed to the book. Picture by Liam Clayton

IT HAS been 125 years since Tiniroto began, as a community and a school.

A reunion was held in October to mark the milestone and this month a special commemorative book was published.

The Tiniroto Heritage Book pays homage to the history of the rural community, with many people contributing to it, including boxer Shane Cameron about his life growing up in Tiniroto and beyond, and Annabel Langbein, who has a connection with the area, who contributed a recipe.

Project co-ordinator Jen Alley said the books are being sold for $29.95 to raise funds for the shool. The project team consisted of Mrs Alley, Sharelle Creswell and Susie Hamilton, with support from past and present community.

“It was a big piece of work in a limited time frame, but a great opportunity to capture Tiniroto’s heritage in one place, mark a moment in time, and involve the whole community in creating something special.

“Tiniroto runs some great events and boasts some amazing scenery and we wanted to capture and share these aspects as well.”

When the team began the project, they had no secured funding but progressed it anyway in the hope that it would arrive.

“Thankfully, the funding arrived and we were able to produce the book in time for Christmas, which was our aim,” Mrs Alley said.

“We are really pleased with the final product”.

The school reunion was attended by more than 150 people over Labour Weekend and included past-pupils from the 1920s.

A time capsule was opened from the 100-year reunion and included a bottle of port from 1992, biographies and pictures from students at the time, plus reports from the principal, board of trustees and the Community Association.

For those wanting to buy a copy of the book, it is available at Fenns Furniture and Appliances, Farmlands, Eastland Vets, The Jolly Stockman, East’s Outdoor Work and Leisure and Makaraka Dairy.

IT HAS been 125 years since Tiniroto began, as a community and a school.

A reunion was held in October to mark the milestone and this month a special commemorative book was published.

The Tiniroto Heritage Book pays homage to the history of the rural community, with many people contributing to it, including boxer Shane Cameron about his life growing up in Tiniroto and beyond, and Annabel Langbein, who has a connection with the area, who contributed a recipe.

Project co-ordinator Jen Alley said the books are being sold for $29.95 to raise funds for the shool. The project team consisted of Mrs Alley, Sharelle Creswell and Susie Hamilton, with support from past and present community.

“It was a big piece of work in a limited time frame, but a great opportunity to capture Tiniroto’s heritage in one place, mark a moment in time, and involve the whole community in creating something special.

“Tiniroto runs some great events and boasts some amazing scenery and we wanted to capture and share these aspects as well.”

When the team began the project, they had no secured funding but progressed it anyway in the hope that it would arrive.

“Thankfully, the funding arrived and we were able to produce the book in time for Christmas, which was our aim,” Mrs Alley said.

“We are really pleased with the final product”.

The school reunion was attended by more than 150 people over Labour Weekend and included past-pupils from the 1920s.

A time capsule was opened from the 100-year reunion and included a bottle of port from 1992, biographies and pictures from students at the time, plus reports from the principal, board of trustees and the Community Association.

For those wanting to buy a copy of the book, it is available at Fenns Furniture and Appliances, Farmlands, Eastland Vets, The Jolly Stockman, East’s Outdoor Work and Leisure and Makaraka Dairy.

For further information about the book, contact Tiniroto School on 863 7129.

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