Frequently Asked Questions

The 175th celebrations for the beginnings of Howick and Districts will be the whole year of 2022.

The highlight month is November with the key focus days from Friday 11 to Sunday 20, November 2022. A commemoration day of activities remembering the arrival of the first Fencibles of the United Kingdom and Ireland will be on Saturday, November 12, at Howick Beach.

Why the 175th?

It is 25 years since the Howick and Districts 150th celebrations (in 1997) and 25 years until the bicentenary in 2047.

This 175th anniversary is a once-in-a-generation commemoration and we want to make the most of the community celebration opportunity in 2022.

The Howick and Districts 175th celebrations apply to very much the boundaries of the Howick Local Board area that includes Howick, Botany and Pakuranga and their connecting suburbs and neighbourhoods. We’re also keen for Aucklanders from other parts of the region, and Kiwis from across New Zealand, to attend and participate in Howick 175 events and activities. Especially people with direct connection back to the Fencibles, or Howick down the decades.
2020 and 2021 have been tough years for our East Auckland community and nation because of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are hoping we will be recovered and back to normal life by the end of 2021. In 2022, we look forward to life continuing to improve, making the 175th commemoration year well positioned for lots of community celebrations.
Please refer to our website where there is a summary historical statement and more details of the 2022 175th celebration year. We recommend the extensive resources at the Howick Historical Village, in Lloyd Elsmore Park, and the excellent history books by Howick Historian, Alan La Roche. They are: The History of Howick and Pakuranga (published in 1991), and Grey’s Folly, A History of Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands-Eastern beaches, East Tamaki, Whitford, Beachlands & Maraetai (published in 2011).
There are lots of opportunities for all to be involved in Howick’s 175th birthday year celebrations in some way. For individuals, please let us know your interest area, skills or potential contributions you would like to share. For businesses, schools, churches and organisations, please do tell us about your ideas for events and activities being planning for 2022. Our Howick 175 Steering Committee contact email is: It is important that all events are registered, co-ordinated and publicised on our official calendar of events. Once approved, you can also use the Howick 175th logo. Thank you.