The People Of Oratia

Graeme Gash

Graeme Gash

As I look back over the last four months I feel a sense of deep pride at the way the community of Oratia has risen so heroically to our defence. It is tinged somewhat with trepidation. Because Watercare are, of course, maintaining their game-face right to the end, no doubt resolute in their determination to…

My name is Danielle Latham and this is my story

My name is Danielle Latham and this is my story

I do not live in Parker Road, nor have I ever lived in Parker Road. I did however grow up just across the valley in Rimu Road and at 17 years I left Oratia. Oratia was and still is one of those communities that as a rebellious teenager I did not want to live in….

Yvonne Lipsham’s Story

Yvonne Lipsham’s Story

Hi my name is Yvonne Lipsham; I was Yvonne Gash before marrying Peter Lipsham in 1974 at the Oratia church at the bottom of our road. The church our Dad & Uncles designed & built with others in the community. I was born in the nursing home at Glengarry Rd, Oratia (yes there was such…

My name is Ross Viskovich

My name is Ross Viskovich

I have had the good fortune to have grown up on Parker Road and to have raised my own 2 children Tina-lee & Russell on Parker Road as well.   My Grandfather Ante Viskovich moved from the gumfields in the far North around 1940 to the property I now own at 128 (formerly 120), he…

Welcome to my home

Welcome to my home

Welcome to my home on Parker Road… a place where you will find 4 pet sheep, bottled fed from lambs, two brown lace chickens that lay our eggs, three most loved cats, that sleep on our beds, 800 feijoa trees currently laiden with part of our family income, and provider of the ‘work ethic’ we…

My name is Teal Williams.

My name is Teal Williams.

I am unfortunately one of the many children, and a member of one of the many lovely families that could possibly be affected by the water treatment plant. Watercare, why did you choose such beautiful place where kids run barefoot freely from house to house, garden to garden, treehut to treehut, bush to bush, and…

The story of Sunnydale and Landsendt

The story of Sunnydale and Landsendt

I was been fortunate to have started my life here 1965. The house was a little over 100 years old when I was born. Built in 1860ish it is West Auckland’s oldest home. The story I’m about to tell starts from a time before the large orchards, when the old Oratia residents were the Carters,…

History Of A Parker Rd Residence

History Of A Parker Rd Residence

Charles and Charlotte Mills moved onto 7 Parker road after they emigrated from England in 1893, it was a farm of 40 acres. The youngest of the Mills family was Amelia, whom we believe was born in the little cottage. Amelia married Richard Thomas Malam in 1907 and moved across the road to 24 Parker…

A Story About My Home

A Story About My Home

This is my story about my home, why it is so important to me, why Watercare taking it is unthinkable. Why the way they are treating us is hurting so much. Parker Road, Oratia. This was my beginning. It is 1975. A mother, a young girl of 24 2,000 km from home. She’d had a…

Lacy Graham

Lacy Graham

My name is Lacey Graham. I sold my house in Parker Rd just over a year ago. It was an incredibly difficult decision for me to make and I truely grieved for months at the prospect of leaving my beautiful home. 118 is quite a unique property. The house was built in 1949 by Wilfred…