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Written by Lesley Armstrong-Jennings, Ko Tenei te Wahi / This is the Place   
Friday, 03 October 2008

Elliot and Daisy Armstrong and children, outside their batten house, Waiotoi Road, Ngunguru

I'm a descendant of Henry and Eleanor Morey, who came to New Zealand in 1864 aboard the ship "Talbot", and settled at Parua Bay.  Of their 10 children, several settled the area from Coromandel to Parua Bay and up the Tutukaka Coast.

 My great grandmother, (Selina) Louisa Morey, married Charles Augustus Munro in 1884.  They took over Charles' fathers (David Munro) farm in Parua Bay, but later sold the farm and lived at several locations, including Ngunguru.  They sharemilked for a relative, Edgar Clements, and Charles also worked at the Ngunguru Sawmill.  Louisa became a midwife and would sometimes come out to Ngunguru to deliver a baby.  Transport was often by horse and buggy( or sledge) and launch, and babies were delivered by candlelight, as there was no electricity at Ngunguru then.

Their first house had an earthen floor and the walls were built of palings.

Selina had 12 children, including my grandmother, Daisy Euphemia Munro, and Charles Kenroy (Ken) Munro.  Daisy married Elliot Thomas Armstrong in 1889 and they had 5 children.  They settled on a 152ha piece of land on Waiotoi Road, Ngunguru, which Elliot toiled on to turn the bush into viable farmland.  Their first house had an earthen floor and the walls were built of palings.  Grand-dad Elliot was a man of many talents, working the farm by himself, draining swamps, creating bricks, and even building a flying fox to get water from the river.  While at Ngunguru, Elliot was heavily involved in community projects, and was instrumental into getting a road through from Whangarei.  He also served on the Ngunguru School Board.

Elliot and Daisy farmed at Ngunguru until 1939 when their eldest son, Albert Edward Armstrong, took over the property.

Ken Munro was a well-known businessman and was the Kiripaka representative on the Whangarei County Council for many years.  He lived at Ngunguru, where Munro Place is named after him.  That street is part of an old racecourse.

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