Exhibitions - Whakakitenga
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the honeyfields of taranaki

26 March – 28 June 2015
Lane Gallery, Level 2, Puke Ariki Library


Arriving in Taranaki in the 1850s the Honeyfield family carved out new lives for themselves. There were business successes as well as failures, tragedy and joy, but above all there was perseverance and a desire to succeed.  Many of the family were public spirited, serving on a number of committees and boards.  Many financially contributed to community projects - something subsequent generations of Honeyfields continue to do.

The Honeyfields of Taranaki can trace their origin to the decision of five of the 11 children of John and Hannah (nee Morgan) to emigrate to New Zealand from Gillingham in north Dorset.  A nephew and niece were to follow.

Two Honeyfield brothers went onto marry two Barrett sisters, daughters of trader Dicky Barrett and his wife Rawinia, the granddaughter of paramount Te Ātiawa chief, Tautara, and thereby linking their children to Te Ātiawa.

The Honeyfields of Taranaki is a snapshot of the first Honeyfield settlers and their families.

Please note The Honeyfields of Taranaki is closed on public holidays.