The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]
Waerenga-O-Kuri is a pastoral district in Cook County, Poverty Bay, and lies eighteen miles to the westward of Gisborne, with which it has weekly communication by coach. It is on the overland mail coach route from Gisborne to Wairoa and Napier. The country is hilly, and exceptionally suitable for sheep, large numbers of which are sent to the freezing works every year, and are often the top weights for the season.
The main Gisborne-Auckland road, via Hangaroa and Lake Waikaremonana, now (May, 1901)being made by the Government, Passes through Waierenga-o-Kuri, and seventy-seven miles further on, on the Gisborne-Wairoa Road, are the beautiful Te Reinga Falls, which are to be harnessed for motive power to supply electriclight to both Gisborne and Wairoa. As a health resort for Gisborne. Waerenga-o-kuri has already become noted, owing, no doubt, to its elevation above the level of the sea—namely, 1100 feet. Waerenga-o-kuri has a post and telegraph office.
Mr. Henry H. Wall, J. P., is an old colonist who came from Stroud, Gloucoster, shire, with his parents, in 1852. He was made a Mason in Scinde Lodge, I.C., in Napier, in 1874, was inner guard and senior warder, and became worshipful masteer in 1881. He was also one of the founders of Victoria Lodge, E.C., and was the first treasurer of that lodge. He was a borough councillor in Napier for several years, and chairman of the public works committee until he left Napier in 1883, for his sheep run at Waerengaokuri, in Poverty Bay. He was mayor of Napier for a short while in 1882, until Dr. Spencer took office. Mr. Wall always took an active part in political, religious, and social matters.