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Opunake Hotel 1915.

Opunake Hotel 1915 

The Opunake Hotel on Tasman Street has the year 1915 written on the facade. The Opunake Heritage Inventory entry for the hotel is vague as to whether this is the date it was built or merely the date that the business was established.

On the evening of 5 February 1915 a fierce blaze completely destroyed the Opunake Hotel (also known as Knowles' Hotel and the Red House Hotel), as well the Judson's Coachbuilding Factory and Aiken's smithy. By the time the alarm was raised the volunteer

Club Hotel .

Club Hotel 

The Club Hotel in Opunake (cnr Tasman and Havelock Street) was built in 1914 for Mr A.E.Brunette. The architect was Mr J.A.Duffill and the contractor was Mr E.W.Good. The electric lighting was installed by Mr W.B.Carrick of Hawera. (for a description of the building see attached web link 'New Club Hotel')

The new hotel replaced Middleton's Hotel, which burnt down in "The Great Fire" fire of 1913. The fire was thought to have started in the hotel laundry and quickly spread to neighbouring buildings. Many shops and business premises at the northern end of town

The Soap Factory.

The Soap Factory 

This building on Tasman Street was demolished in February, 2015.

According to an article in the Opunake & Coastal News (linked), the building was originally located at 17 King Street. At this time it was a plumbers workshop, owned first by a Mr. Fawcett, and then by Tom Knapman.

In 1959 it was moved to the Tasman Street site and had to be set back from the road as it was not a retail activity. The business was sold after Tom Knapman died and since the mid-1970s the building has been the

Former Oeo Hotel.

Former Oeo Hotel 

Former Oeo Hotel

Photograph: 2011

Situated alongside the Oeo Stream about 3 km south of Pihama.

Local folklore and rumour apparently relates that the hotel was being moved to Pihama when it became stuck in the hollow it presently occupies by the Oeo Stream.

The hotel is thought to have been establshed about 1885, perhaps, initially, on the high ground a little to the south.

In 1897 the proprietor, James Gorrie, did apply to have the Oeo Hotel's license transferred to

John Humphries Memorial Band Room.

John Humphries Memorial Band Room 

The John Humphries Memorial Band Room in Havelock Street was opened on 27 October, 1951.

The Opunake Federal Band was founded in 1909 and had considerable success under the leadership of conductor John Humphries. The band had a long battle with the local council to provide funding for a permanent practice room, and it was not until after Humphries' death that this was forthcoming. The building was named after him as a tribute to his outstanding leadership.

Like many other bands from small towns the band later went into recess

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