Naumai Park

Naumai Park - established in the 1920’s

Naumai Park is one of Hawera’s treasures. The park’s tall native trees have been planted around two lakes. Visitors can wander down pathways amongst the many fine examples of native trees including kauri, rimu, totara, ponga and kowhai.  Other special features of the park include impressive stone walls, a waterfall and historical features such as the ornamental gates at the main entrance donated from the old Hawera Hospital.  There are numerous seats and a park shelter recently renovated with a picnic table and a mural depicting the native birds in the park. Visitors can feed the ducks, have a picnic, take a native tree quiz (download from this site) and take a peaceful stroll in beautiful surroundings and listen to the birds.

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Location

Naumai Park is located on High Rd Hawera.  It is a short walk directly south from the Hawera Water Tower and I Site Visitor Centre.

History

1924 – Mr J Garnett, Mr LA Taylor, Mr G Watts and Mr CM Haggett presented a scheme to lay out the reserve adjacent to the then Hawera Hospital as a native plant reserve. Was then known as East End Park.

1925 - East End Park required shelter for native plantings and the then Chairman of Parks and Reserves, Mr Townsend, agreed to the planting of a Taupata hedge and a row of Macrocarpa trees.

1926 - Control of the park given to the committee of four and then officially named Naumai Park.

1927 - Kauri Grove planted

1931 - Unemployment Relief Scheme labour built three ponga summer house (whares) for shelter and one for propagation of ferns. These have since been removed with one being replaced by the existing concrete shelter.

1932 - Old Hawera Hospital gates and pillars donated and installed.

1936 - Control of Park reverts to Council on J Garnett’s resignation as cemetery caretaker due to ill health.

1951 - Hawera Repertory’s production “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was staged in the park.

1964 - Belated recognition of the four founders on plaque at park entry.

1964 – Third top lake filled in and magnolia dell formed.

1970 – “Carols by Candlelight” and coloured lights in summer.

1978 – Water feature installed for re-circulating water in upper lake.

2006 – Inaugural meeting of “Friends of Naumai Park”.

2007 - “Friends of Naumai Park Inc.” Committee formed.

 

Friends Of Naumai Park - Join Us

Formed in 2007, the aim of this committee is to act as guardians of Naumai Park and ensure the creation and continuity of a beautiful and safe native park for the future.

Committee activities include carrying out improvements to the park and working bees for all “Friends of Naumai” on the first Saturday morning of each month from 9am to midday.

Recent projects include complete renovation of the park shelter, painting of the Ngahuru Home boundary fence, removal of under growth vegetation to open up the park for light and personal safety, planting of a tulip bed in the magnolia dell and removal of cherry tree seedlings. The park pathways have been named in recognition of the founders and in appreciation of the bird life in the park.

Should you wish to  become a “Friend of Naumai Park”, please write to us at;

The Secretary of Friends of Naumai Park Inc

P.O Box 47, Hawera;

Please also include your name, address, contact phone number and contact email (if you have one) and  your $10 annual subscription fee.