"Blenheim" Scots Pioneers

Community Organisation

"Blenheim" Scots Pioneers
114 Karori Road
Wellington 6012

In 2015 it is 175 years since the Barque 'Blenheim' arrived in Wellington carrying 197 Scots settlers. The ship left Greenock on 25 August and landed on 27 December at Kaiwharawhara. Commemorative events with a Scottish theme are planned to mark the departure and arrival of the Blenheim 175 years ago. Similar events were held in 1990. The passengers from the “Blenheim” disembarked at Kaiwharawhara, where they were welcomed and housed by Ngati Tama and their chief Taringakuri. A family picnic will be held at Kaiwharawhara Park on the 27th of December 2015 near the site of the kainga in which they lived. Events will include Scottish sports and dancing, children’s games, bagpipes and displays. Other functions will be held in Auckland and in Wanganui to commemorate the departure of the “Blenheim” on the 25th of August 1840. Many of the settlers eventually moved to the Wanganui, Turakina and Wairarapa districts to take up land.