Rodney and Otamatea Times, Waitemata and Kaipara Gazette , 13 August 1924, Page 4
(From a correspondent.)
A notable event in the history of Puhoi took place on Sunday, 3rd August, when a picnic under the auspice* of the local baud was held at Kawau. Immediately after Mass at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul the picnicerr —numbering thirty-five—boarded Mr Parry's launch " Huawai." A large crowd also assembled at the wharf towitness the departure of the launch. On the way to the island the band, under" the baton of Mr Alf. Becher, gave several very fine -selections. Songs were also given by Mr T. E. Kilfoyle, who accompanied himself on a ukulele. - . On arrival at the island, the picmcerahad a very enjoyable lunch. After this had been done-full justice to, several of tha men departed on a fishing excursion. The lady membersand some of the younger men preferred to stay on the island. Tn a short time the bay seemed deserted,- Those who had remained weut for walks to the various interesting places, many visiting the old copper smelting works. Later in the afternoon, the fishermen returned looking very sad— some did not feel, well. Fish must; have been scarce as nothing was laid about fine "catches." The band played several selections on the lawn in front of the Mansion House. This was followed by tea, after which the party embarked upon the launch for the ieturn trip. TV hen leaving cheers weft given for the manager of Kawau—Mr Reeves—who had helped largely to make the stay on the island most enjoyable. On the return journey band selections and comuuimty singing, accompanied by a ukulele, helped to make -the time pass all too quickly, and shortly after 7 p.m. the launch arrived at the The day had been iiiost eujoyable, and all agreed that more picnics of the kind would be well attended. The1 secretary of the baud—Mr Fred Titford—hopes it will-not be long before another excursion of this kind can be arranged. As-cricket will-soon be in full swing the •members of the Puhoi • Cricket Club are arranging a dance in aid of qlub funds. It has been decided to hold same on 15th August, when it 13--hoped there will be'a good attendance.