“On 14th February 1916 the steamship Nikau ceremonially entered Port Motueka by breaking a white ribbon tied between the Motueka wharf and Jackett’s Island. It was a day of celebration for Motueka, the culmination of four years of planning and building a new harbour entrance and wharf.”
On 14th February 2016 members of Waimea South Historical Society gathered with 100-200 locals from the Motueka area beside the marina to celebrate the
publication of a history of that wharf written by Carol Dawber.
The book project is a collaboration between the Motueka and Districts Historical Association book committee who arranged funding, selected images and researched the information; writer Carol Dawber who wrote the photo captions; and Picton-based publisher River Press which co-ordinated and produced the book.
It is the fruition of over 12 months researching, fund raising, writing and proof reading.
The afternoon was a brilliantly fine one such as only Nelson can provide and those without suitable protective hats sought out the few pockets of shade available.
A folk song especially composed and sung by a member of local band Jiggery Folkery, accompanied by piano accordian and recorder, about the old wharf, aptly set the plaintive mood of a bygone era.
The occasion began with refreshments and food on tables laden with country fare, music played, speeches were made and the author provided background details to her work. Then a very long queue formed of those who had come to purchase and have their copy signed.
All credit is due to the Motueka District and Valleys’ Historical Association who had organised the event as well as working to collect the many photographs with which the book is illustrated.
It was a very pleasant and enjoyable afternoon and one which we shall remember.