Spiller legacy a big part of Howick

As part of the Howick 175 events and celebrations, we have asked Howick/Pakuranga residents to share some of their memories. Today we hear from long-time businessman Paul Spiller whose family ran the hardware store. My grandparents bought the Howick General Store in 1942 after moving up from Ohakune where my grandfather ran a similar small […]

The Broun Connection with Howick, Keeping the Scottish Traditions Alive Today

By Suzanne Christie-Broun The Broun Clan were originally from Edinburgh, Scotland. This photo is from the wedding of John Stewart Broun (b1933 d2021) to Caroline Wilson Broun nee Dreenan (b1934 d2016) at the Howick All Saints Church in 1968. John moved up to live at 58 Parkhill Lane in Howick in 1960 (see photo) when […]

The Whitford Store

By Suzanne Christie-Broun My father, Poul Christie purchased the Whitford Store in 1986. Previous to this, the Whitford Store dates back to 1910. Over the years it has served the Whitford community as a post office, general store, service station, wool craft shop and saddlery shop. In 1986, Poul Christie with 2 other local business […]

Early Howick Experiences – By Mr & Mrs Older

By February 1959 as newly-weds, my husband and I had arrived in Auckland and bought a section in O’Halloran Road, Howick. We loved the beaches, the life of a small village and looked forward to having our house built on the newly formed section developed from farmland. We often came to Howick to work on weekends and […]

The Government Brig “Victoria” & Captain Isaac James Burgess

By John Osborne, Vice-President of The Howick & District’s Historical Society Inc Many people walking around Howick will have noticed the mosaic tile artwork of a ship on the wall of the Information Centre. My family have a particular relationship with this ship as my great, great grandfather Captain Isaac James Burgess was Commander of […]

Pioneer Women – Mariamne Morrow and Mrs Mary MacLean

The names of Buckland and Maclean are surely well known to local residents – but largely only from the exploits of the men of that name. Here are the stories of two remarkable women who lived in Buckland’s Beach and Howick and came to love this place as ‘home’. Mariamne Morrow – daughter of Alfred […]