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.