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September 5, 2018

On Saturday afternoon the 22nd September at the Raetihi Cosmopolitan Club at 1pm, we had another successful public meeting of the Friends of the Mangapurua Society.

We have developed some new plans and activities for the society and after outlining some of them, we...

June 6, 2018

The Annual General Meeting of the Mangapurua Society was held on Saturday the 19th May and our guest speaker was Dan Steele of the Blue Duck Station. This large farm contains the only remaining parts of the original farms settled as part of the Mangapurua Scheme follow...

December 19, 2017

A presentation on the building of the Bridge to Nowhere was made by John Sandford on the 28th October 2017 at a meeting of the Mangapurua Society in Raetihi. John who is an ancestor of the bridge builders, gave a fascinating talk with over 60 quality photos and many an...

September 21, 2017

Long time Raetihi identity Gavin Brown, gives a talk on his family's ties with the Waipapa and Mangapurua Valleys since his grandfather started farming their after the First World War. This is the first of a series of talks that The Friends of the Mangapurua Society wi...

September 12, 2017

This year marks the centenary of the first soldiers from the First World War settling in the Mangapurua and Kaiwhakauka Valleys as part a government rehabilitation scheme for returned soldiers. Land in the Mangapurua and the nearby Kaiwhakauka Valleys was offered to so...

September 7, 2017


This is the third and last video in the series regarding the Mangapurua Valley documentary in the process of being undertaken by the Mangapurua Society. This video highlights the most iconic relic of the post First World War settlement, the Bridge to Nowhere, a bridge...

September 5, 2017

In November 2014, six Mangapurua Society members, Tom Mowat, Ian McCoubrie, Gavin Brown, Graham Hardwidge, Robert Baldwin and Graeme Moffatt took a day trip in to the Mangapurua Valley to the Bartrum’s farm site which was as far as we could go by quad bike. One of the...

September 2, 2017

We are in the process of working out the script for a new documentary to be made about the soldier farming scheme following the First World War that spread over the Waipapa, Mangapurua and Kaiwhakauka Valleys.

With summer approaching, Capital Video Productions Ltd are n...

August 15, 2017

The Friends of the Mangapurua Society have agreed to signing a Memorandum Of Understanding with the Uenuku Charitable Trust. This will be mutually beneficial to both organizations and we look forward to working alongside them.

We have the opportunity to make a documenta...

August 1, 2017

Long time Raetihi identity Gavin Brown, gives a talk on his family's ties with the Waipapa and Mangapurua Valleys since his grandfather started farming their after the First World War. This is the first of a series of talks that The Friends of the Mangapurua Society wi...

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