Welcome to this topic resource page!In Term 2, our class began to learn about Edgecumbe town and surrounding areas, as part of our Inquiry unit study - Our Local World.We began with the question...'What makes Edgecumbe a special place?'.
*Click on Our Local World to go to our Inquiry unit with subsidiary questions.*Scroll down to the end to view some of the links we have found useful.
Below are the pictures we took and the learning and information gathering that took place during the term.We hope you enjoy viewing the learning journey our class and teacher took!
What did we think at first?Here are some pictures of what we thought Edgecumbe township looked like 100 years ago.



We then found information about some of the buildings and places around Edgecumbe township fromour school resource library, the E.D.I.T (Edgecumbe Development and Improvement Team) Facebook page, signs aroundEdgecumbe and thenewly installed I-Site information area outside our 'Z' gas station. Thank you to the E.D.I.T group whohave provided much of the information that we found out! :)


Information for each of the pages:
Page 1: The Rangitaiki River
Once upon a time, the Rangitaiki River was under water!
It was a huge swampy area with an early Maori tribe living
in the middle of the swamp on an island! The Rangitaiki
Plains was slowly built up to become really good fertile
farming area. But if it rains too heavily for too long, many
farm areas and parts of Edgecumbe will become flooded.
Today the Rangitaiki river goes all the way to Thornton
beach but it never used to! It used to meet the Tarawera
river and both rivers would flow out to the sea past
Matata. Men helped to dig a new pathway for the
Rangitaiki river to go out to sea through Thornton!
Page 2: The Eastpack Sign
This is one of the signs you will find on the newly created
Rangitaiki River Walkway. The E.D.I.T group and many
volunteers helped to make the beautiful walkway that
has information signs along the way to tell you stories of
Edgecumbe.
Page 3: The Eastpack Story and Eastpack
Eastpack kiwifruit packing company was once known as
the Rangitaiki Fruit Packing Ltd factory. It is found on the
other side of the Rangitaiki river. Many of our parents
families work here.
Page 4: The Rangitaiki River and Putauaki
The Rangitaiki river comes from past Te Mahoe Dam. In
the background, you can see Putauaki, a mountain that
was once known as Mount Edgecumbe but then its
name was returned to Putauaki. The Tarawera river,
which flows past Putauaki from Tarawera Mountain, once
met up with the Rangitaiki river to both flow out to the sea
past Matata town, but it now flows out to the sea going
through Thornton beach.
Page 5: College Road Mural
This mural was created by Mr Spijerbosch, with the help of
many of our families over one weekend in 2012. The mural
was never finished because a local person thought that
having a 'taniwha' (in the middle of the mural) in the
painting would say a 'negative' message to people about
our town so the 'taniwha' has no head today! In Maori
myths and legends, many taniwha creatures are
protectors!
Page 6: The 10 Commandments Stone
A stone can be found near the Rangitaiki River
Walkway, to help remind the young people of
Edgecumbe of things they should remember! On the
front of the stone, 10 Commandments from the bible
have been carved. Our class went to investigate
when someone from the community told our class
about the story of the stone! The stone is only a few
minutes walk down the road from our school!
Page 7: Riverslea Mall
The original Riverslea Mall was once one of the largest
undercover rural shopping centres in NZ! It was really
busy because people from Edgecumbe, Kawerau, Te Teko,
Whakane and maybe other places, came to shop here too!
Unfortunately, in the 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake, the
building was damaged and so it had to be replaced. It
took a while for the new building to be replaced but it
was really never as busy as the first shopping mall!
The Rangitaiki Plains Dairy Factory Ltd had helped build
the first mall by donating some of the $1 million dollars it
needed to be built!
Page 8: Checking out the Rangitaiki
Mrs Carter helping Room 7 to read some of the signs we
saw along the Raingtaiki River Walkway. Room 7 were
looking at Eastpack and Fonterra on the other side of
the river.
Page 9: Down town Edgecumbe
This building is one of the original buildings in Edgecumbe
town! If you look on the history board found at the
E.D.I.T 'i-Site' outside the 'Z' gas station, you will see
old photos of what the shop and the road used to look like!
Page 10: Edgecumbe History Board
This site was a very useful resource for Room 7 as the board
had history information and photographs of sites and
buildings around Edgecumbe and the plains! Whaea Lesa
took lots of photos of the 'photos' and we printed these
off and we used these a lot to read from! Thank you E.D.I.T
group! :)
Page 11: Edgecumbe map
If you come to Edgecumbe, look at this map board and you
will find places to visit as well as sites that were special
in and around Edgecumbe a long time ago.
Page 12: The Fire Brigade Department
This department is very, very busy as our department has
to go to 'Call Outs' in Edgecumbe as well as places found
all around Edgecumbe in the countryside.
Page 13: Fonterra
Fonterra was once called the Rangitaiki Plains Dairy
Company Ltd and was one of the biggest dairy companies
in NZ! It was built because there was a cheese company
in Awakeri and a dairy company in Otakiri (just down the
road from Edgecumbe) and so they both joined up to make
one big company! Today Fonterra is doing very well. It
is helping to sponsor the Milk in Schools programme
along with the Government. Edgecumbe Primary School
is part of that programme, receiving free milk daily!
Page 14: Old Boric Acid Plant and Water Tower
Once upon a time there used to be a Timber Mill in
Edgecumbe. The trees would come from the Kaimanawa
forest on a train (the railway track was made especially
for the mill), get milled at the milling company and then
get sent across the road to the Boric Acid plant to get
treated. The boric acid plant was one of the biggest
treatment plants in the Bay of Plenty if not NZ! The old
timber mill used to be where the Pepper's Trading Company
is now.
Page 15: The Old Cinema
Edgecumbe once had its own cinema theatre but this
building got burnt and had to be closed down and was
never opened again. Our Nans and Koros talk about
going to the 'flicks' when they were young!
Page 16: The Rugby Club
We have a lot of rugby teams here with a lot of local heroes
giving up their time, skills and patience to lend a hand to
all our young boys and girls! Dads coach and manage the
teams and mums help manage the teams, fundraise money
and do all the jobs that help keep these teams going!
Page 17: The Skate Park
The skate park can be found next to the rugby club and was
opened in 2011. Many volunteers and families worked
hard to fundraise for the planning and the creating of
the skate park so families and young people could have
somewhere special to go to.
Page 18: The Skate Park Sign
Information about when it opened, by who and why!
Page 19: St. David's Presbytarian Church
This is one of two churches found in Edgecumbe. The other
one is an old wooden one found on the way to Te Teko.
Page 20: Stone at St. David's
This stone was laid in February 1955 by Mr Walter Murray.
The Murray family is one of the many original families to have
settled in the Edgecumbe farming area. Their families can
still be found around Edgecumbe today!
Page 21: The Concrete Path and Metal Railing
The concrete path and metal railing found next to the
College Road mural was put in so people could walk
safely past the mural while looking at it. The Lions Club
and a man named Sid helped to install it!
Page 22: The College Road Mural
Mr Spijerbosch and his many family volunteers helped to
create this beautiful mural!
Page 23: The Old Railway Bridge
The old railway bridge and railway tracks were finally finished
in the early 1920s. The river bridge coming into Edgecumbe
was finished about the same time so people didn't have to
go all the way to Te Teko town before coming back to
Edgecumbe or having to cross the river on a boat. Unfortunately
in 1987, the Edgecumbe earthquake damaged the railway
lines and the trains could not use the tracks any more! Some of
the wooden sleepers used in the original railway bridge was used
in the new 2012 road/bridge (this bridge took almost all of 2012
to finish!).
Page 24: Was Once Swampy but is now Clean!
Just a little reminder of how swampy Edgecumbe used
to be! This little area was filled in last year. When it
rains too heavily and for too long (like it did in 2009 or 2010)
Edgecumbe and the Plains will flood and the water may
take a long time to go away!

Our Local Heroes!!!Edgecumbe has many 'Local Heroes' that donate their time, skills and care to help benefitthe Edgecumbe Community. Some of our children nominated their parents as'Local Heroes' and we have their pictures and stories below. Also during Term 3,our children interviewed two members of our community as part of 'Our Local Heroes' partof our Inquiry unit. Mrs Davey-Emms is a member of the E.D.I.T group and Mrs Reid (who is also ateacher at our school) is a member of the Jubilee Committee that is helping to prepare for our school's 100thcelebration next year! At the end of Term 2, our school celebrated its 99th birthday one day before its real birthday!



Page 1: Kaea's Mum (and Dad)
Kaea's Mum was once on our school
Board of Trustees. She also helped
with the Skate park and supports
Dad when he coaches rugby.
Kaea's Dad coaches and manages
a rugby team!
Page 2: Kobe's Dad
Page 3: Kobe's Mum
Page 4: Maihi's Dad
Page 5: Maihi's Mum
Page 6: Rylan's Dad
Page 7: Tye's Mum and Dad



Our Interviews:




Disasters and Hazards!In 1987, the Eastern Bay of Plenty had a big earthquake known as theEdgecumbe earthquake.




In 2009 (and other years!), the Plains area suffered severe flooding and Edgecumbewere threatened by even more flooding when the Te Mahoe dam wasto open its flood-gates so it could relieve pressure building up behind the damfrom the Te Mahoe lake!