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Merrilyn George

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Ohakune History

My family came to Ohakune in the early days of European settlement. I grew up hearing stories that were mine, and also belonged to others.

My initial delving into history was to gather family information, and so genealogy was the starting point to grow the stories.

As I transcribed cemeteries and particularly those of the Ruapehu district, the local stories were so fascinating that I started to collect them. After 12 years of research, Ohakune- Opening to a New World, a district history was launched on  Maungarongo Marae in 1990.

In 1980, I edited Ruapehu College 1955-1980 and in 2006 I edited A Mountain of Difference Made, Ruapehu College 1955-2005.  I'm not planning to write the 75th, but I do expect to be there giving encouragement.

I do have a wonderful resource of photographs and written archival material. I plan to publish another book, and feel the best way to preserve material is to share it with as many as possible.  I am kaitiaki (a caretaker) of these materials in the meantime, and would be happy to share family stories and photographs.

Ohakune- Opening to a New World

A Mountain of Difference Made



Ruapehu College 1955-1980

Stories from our history

I will add something to this in time so watch this space.


Ohakune Cemetery Record.

I had transcribed the cemetery in 1978, and along with District Council burial reciords indexed the record. I have this year 2012, taken photographs of all the headstones so that if anyone wants information, just email me.

I plan to set up a 'Friends of the Cemetery' group to look after this part of our history.


I am at present typesetting all the letters written to me during mainly the 80s, and along with interviews plan to publish these.