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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]



Awatuna is on the Eltham-Opunake road between Eltham and Kaponga. It is a dairy factory settlement, in the Waimate riding of the county of Hawera, and lies to the south-east of Mount Eg-mont. Postal and telephonic business is conducted at the local store, and mails are despatched and received daily to and from Eltham and Opunake. There is a public school, and a blacksmith's shop completes the business places in the settlement.

The Awatuna Public School was opened in the year 1880. It is a wood and iron building, and contains one room. There are good shelter sheds in the playgrounds, and there is a teacher's residence of four rooms. The roll contains forty-three names, and the average attendance is thirty-six.

Miss Ada Marianne Powell (certificate D) is Sole Teacher of the Awatuna public school. She was born in. Herefordshire, England, and came to New Zealand in 1897. Miss Powell matriculated in New Zealand, and after about three years' experience took charge of the Awatuna public school.