A Historical Walk of Howick Village
By Alan La Roche MBE
The Maori call Howick “Owairoa”. They have lived here for over 800 years. Howick was named after the third Earl Grey, formerly Viscount Howick, Minister for State & Colonies in the British Government who was responsible for sending soldier-settlers, called Fencibles, to Howick in 1847. His father, the second Earl Grey, gave a tea recipe to Richard Twinning whose company still sells Earl Grey tea today.
This completes the historical walk of Howick Village. To view Howick’s historical heritage, visit the Howick Historical Village. This living museum with costumed guides and original buildings presents life in a fencible settlement in the 1850’s period.