Despite a slightly discouraging weather forecast, 26 keen people turned out for a mid winter lunch on Sunday 23 June to celebrate our special Waitakere Hut that turned 90 years old earlier this year.
Guests of honour were Keith Williamson, and Brenda and Eric Sewell, who between them have been in the club for 196 years. Many others also there have fond memories of club events in the hut over the decades, including such escapades as a night walk from Swanson railway station, arriving at a cold hut in the early hours of the morning – so the fire was soon lit and mattresses positioned strategically close to the fire.
Chris had set up a number of photo displays and brought out the old hut books, so that people could enjoy checking out past use of the hut.
It was a pot luck lunch with a great range of food on offer, also tea and coffee and a fruit punch, with something for everyone. Pride of place was an NTK 90th birthday cake, provided by Tim Donaldson.
After lunch it was time to go hunt for the old fence posts marking the corner of our property – a few were found near the Cutty Grass track a short distance from the hut, and the NE corner posts near the junction of Brownes Track and Ridge Road Track were located before the search party decided it was time to return to the hut for a final chat, distribution of remaining food and clean-up, before everyone headed off home.
A big thanks to Chris Burnett for organising the day, and to the teams of volunteers over the years who have kept the hut in good shape. The recently relaid floor looks a treat.
Our challenge for the future is to promote the hut as a great place for an overnight stay in quiet bush, despite Auckland Council closing the Park around us.
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