Matareke

Matareke

MATAREKE

Today’s b/w press clipping of the motor launch Matareke, seen here having just won the 1st race of the season at the RNZYS races on November 22. We don’t know the year, but the photo is credited to ‘BELL’. And photo comes to us via Lew Redwoods fb.
Can anyone tell us what became of this fine looking launch?
Harold Kidd Input – This is the first MATAREKA not MATAREKE, built by Logan Bros in November 1903 for W.S. Whitley of the Colonial Ammunition Company (which had just made heaps out of supplying .303 ammo for the Boer War). When MATAREKA (II) was built in 1907 (the boat owned by the Fenelons that now lives in Ngapipi Road) this launch was sold to Yerex in Tauranga as a hire launch then sold to Hayward and Wood also of Tauranga.By 1913 she was owned by J H Rigden of Opua. Lose track of her after that. Definitely a name-change but to what?
DON’T BE IN A RUSH TO SELL YOUR BOAT
I was sent the note below by an ex classic wooden boat owner, who has owned several very smart Woodys  – I have deleted the boat names as I’m not sure he would want the exposure. 
My own boat is sometimes referred to by friends as the ‘floating man bach’ & in a lot of ways it is, so really related to this story. (I did steer him in the right direction to find his previous boat)
 
“Alan,
Am still alive and kicking but sadly, boatless.   I now know what a fish feels like out of water.
It was with considerable reluctance that I sold xxxxxxx  in fact I felt that way about all the boats I have sold.
That old saying about the two best days of boat ownership is a load of bollocks.
 
There is no doubt that a classic wooden boat is a big commitment especially if one wants everything to be as near perfect as possible. The rewards and the satisfaction though are priceless. ( perhaps not priceless)
 
My boat was my shed and I went down to the marina most days. As much as anything, I enjoyed the companionship of my fellow boaties.  Life however moves on and the garden at home has never looked better!
I still look at the boats that come up for sale and dream on and look with interest for the next WaitemataWoodies post.
 
Xxxxxxxxx was one of my favourites and I wonder where and how she is. Do you know anything about her and her owner? Doesn’t seem to feature in the CYA anymore?
 
I have often wondered why no one produces a TV series that features some of the boats that come up on WW and the many other boats out there. Tin and glass included.  I’m sure it would be of great interest to many people.  Could replace one of those fishing programmes which get a bit boring after seeing  a few. Same old same old.
Hope all is well with you,
Kind regards.”

4 thoughts on “Matareke

  1. The Rigden family are still up in B.O.I. Many many years ago(late 60s, early 70s) I went to see a branch of the family as friends of my grandparents. I do remember that ol’ granny Rigden was spoken of with reverence as she used to row the kids across/around the inlet to get them to Opua School. She lived right down on the water with a jetty from memory …… Matareke may be in the mud there. Will try a Google flyby.

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  2. This is the first MATAREKA not MATAREKE, built by Logan Bros in November 1903 for W.S. Whitley of the Colonial Ammunition Company (which had just made heaps out of supplying .303 ammo for the Boer War). When MATAREKA (II) was built in 1907 (the boat owned by the Fenelons that now lives in Ngapipi Road) this launch was sold to Yerex in Tauranga as a hire launch then sold to Hayward and Wood also of Tauranga.By 1913 she was owned by J H Rigden of Opua. Lose track of her after that. Definitely a name-change but to what?

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  3. -TV Fishing programs, all nothing more than non-stop advertising-in-your-face insulting the intelligence of viewers who can even stand to watch any of them.

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  4. Yes Matareke 1 certainly cuts a beautiful line and worthy of building anew – should she be lost? I have seen lots of pictures of her on jaunts to Paeroa and often dream of her discovery in a backwater. Early 1900s Logan Bros. Wonderful Harbour vessel being an open hull.

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