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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]



Mahia . The Mahia Peninsula, at which there is a village of the same name, is in the county of Wairoa. Its distance from Clyde, the county town of Wairoa, is thirty miles, and it lies 106 miles to the north-east of Napier. A steamer plies once a month from Napier. The country is extremely rugged, but is suitable for sheep-farming.

The Whangawehi Station, Mahia, is situated about 100 miles north-east of Napier, and is one of the many station properties owned by the Ormond family in Hawke's Bay. It comprises 20,000 acres of tableland and hills, partly in bush, the balance being laid down in English grasses, and well-watered. About 19,000 cross-bred Lincolns, with a few head of cattle and horses, are depastured on the run. The average clip of wool is about ten pounds per fleece, equal to a total output of 400 bales, which are shipped from Mahia to Napier. There is a comfortable homestead, with woolsheds and accommodation whares, and a number of permanent station hands are employed.

Mr. George Canning Ormond, Runholder, and proprietor of “Whangawehi,” is the eldest son of the Hon. J. D. Ormond, M.L.C., who is referred to in this volume as a superintendent of Hawke's Bay. Mr. G. C. Ormond was born at Napier, and was educated at the Napier Grammar School and Wellington College, during the head-mastership of Mr. Kenneth Wilson, one of the first principals of the College. He afterwards went to England, and returned to New Zealand in 1883. He then began his experience in sheep-farming on the Hon. J. D. Ormond's Paremata station, Tologa Bay, where he remained two years, and in the year 1885 he acquired “Whangawehi.” Mr. Ormond was a member of the Wairoa County Council, and is president of the Wairoa Racing Club.

Mormon Meeting, Te Mahanga.

Mormon Meeting, Te Mahanga.