The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
The Heretaunga Co-Operative Dairy Company, Limited, Directors: Messrs C. A. Fitz-Roy, Davis Canning, Thomas Percival, J. C. Main, Ambrose Wellwood, James Ebbett, A. Masters, J. Reston, J. Wall, F. Cook, Thomas Crosse, Hugh Campbell, and Sir. William Russell. The factory is situated at Stortford Lodge, Hastings; it was originally established by Mr. W. Stock, and was subsequently acquired by the present company. It is a large wooden building, of one storey, and contains three freezing chambers, one churning and buttermaking room, two separating rooms, and the engine room; the latter is fitted with a nine horse-power Tangye engine, and a twenty horse-power boiler. The plant is efficient and up to date in every respect. and the annual output is a large one. The company has established a creamery on the Havelock sidie of the town for the convenience of farmers living in that locality, the product of which is taken daily to the main factory. There are sixty-six suppliers, and the average monthly output of the factory is 20,000lbs. of butter. The greater part of this finds a ready local market, the remainder being stored for winter consumption. The “Heretaunga” brand of butter has become a favourite in the market, and always maintains its reputation in competitions.
Mr. Henry Havelock Meredith, manager of the Heretaunga Co-operative Dairy Factory, was born at Fernside, Canterbury, on the 19th of June, 1877, and is the third son of Mr. Richard Meredith, who for twelve years represented Ashley in the House of Representatives. He was educated by his father, who was at that time master of a public school in North Canterbury, and in 1895 he took up a position in the Stirling Cheese Factory. Two years later he accepted a position is the Canterbury Central Dairy Company, Limited, Addington, and was then butterman in the Cheltenham Dairy Factory for two years and six months before receiving his present appointment. Mr. Meredith is a member of the Hawke's Bay Agricultural and Pastoral Society, and a member of the Order of Orangemen. He married Miss Tait, of Hastings, and has one daughter.