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Petone's First 100 Years (1940)


Koro Koro.
A Petone Suburb.

Koro Koro is a very pretty suburb of Petone, comprising, hilly and undualting land intersected in places by deep gullies, the faces towards the Koro Koro stream being steep and broken.
The soil is generally of good quality, though shallow in parts.
The area comprises open land in English grasses with patches of scrub and light bush.
The general elevation ranges from 100 to 500 feet above sea level, the highest point in the district is the sugar loaf at Maungaraki which is 804 feet above sea level.
The present village settlement was opened for selection on Wednesday, August 22nd, 1900, and was described as 65 acres and 25 perches of first class land. The sister settlement of Maungaraki was not opened until a year later, and in 1904 the school was opened on the present site; Miss A. Johnson being the first teacher.
The Tennis Club was formed in 1920 and now possesses two very fine hard courts which are fully occupied during the season. This Club took the first steps in the forming of the now powerful Hutt Valley Tennis Association.
Koro Koro was supplied with electric light and power in 1925.
In 1931, a strong ratepayers' Association was formed and in August of that year, the residents petitioned Parliament to become part of the Petone Borough rating area. Their main object being to raise £800 for road widening purposes. This was achieved and the Government granted a subsidy of £1,700, therefore making it possible for the road to be made safer for the rapidly increasing traffic.
On November 21st, 1931, the first N.Z.R. Bus was run to Koro Koro and immediately afterwards a service was inaugurated.
Water was made available in May, 1932.
The Petone Borough Council built two tanks of 53,000 gallons capacity, and by means of electric pumps, these are kept filled, giving this district a water supply second to none in the Dominion.
Gas was made available on June 3rd, 1931, and many residents took advantage of this wonderful boon.
The Koro Koro Fire Brigade was formed and the station opened on January 21st, 1933.
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A Picturesque Scene—Koro Koro Stream.

(Photo. by C. L. Jackson).

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