School houses

KOWHAI

TITOKI

RIMU

TOTARA

A little history:

In 1969, just after Joe Tipene had been appointed Principal at Opua School, he

asked Bruce Harrison, a local farmer and native bush enthusiast, to name the

houses after native trees.

He suggested the names of trees that are common to this area – kowhai, titoki,

rimu and totara. There was already a rimu and a totara in the area below where

the present library is, and Bruce planted a kowhai and a titoki beside them.

Bruce got these trees from Harrison’s Bush on Broadview Road, land that he had

donated to the community to be used as a bush reserve.