Kaitawa is a small farming district situated 8km south east of Pahiatua along Kaitawa and Tiraumea Roads
Pahiatua is usually regarded as being in the Wairarapa, but for local government purposes it is in the Tararua District, which encompasses Eketahuna, Pahiatua, Woodville and Dannevirke.
The areas of Pahiatua, Kaitawa and surrounding areas were not initiated by the government, but rather their origins were in land speculation.
Several subdivisions were established by private landholders including W. W. McCardle, H. Manns, A. W. and Henry Sedcole, and W. Wakeman.
It is claimed that the first settlers were John Hall who arrived on 28 February 1882, followed by John Hughes the next day.
These men, plus the brothers of Hughes and their families, comprised Pahiatua's population the first summer.
The first school was opened in Kaitawa about 1890 with Mrs Swan (a widow from Tipperary) and 23 children. The mail arrived every Tuesday, Thursay and Saturdays at 3.45pm from Wellington
The Kaitawa Butter Factory was erected and fitted up in November 1894 under the direction of the manager and engineer Mr. Olson
There are 20 burials in this cemetery
- although it is now a closed cemetery, there are reserved plots yet to be used
GPS Coordinates: -40.49393, 175.88247
- Added: 6 Nov 2009
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2330429
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