A feature of the gathering, which numbered from 100 to 150, was the presence of quite a large proportion of the original settlers, many of whom had come from the furthest parts of the district, and some from
The member for the district, Mr Mander, who presided, made a brief speech) in the course of which he said he was one who came to New Zealand a good many years ago, “without a stitch of clothes” (Laughter). Mr. Gordon Coates, M.P. for Kaipara, and the Hon. F. W. Lang also spoke briefly, the latter apologising for the absence of the Prime Ministor.