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Single sheet of paper, 29.5 x 21cm
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[Note, rectangular white paper with black typed print.]

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I never fail to pass the Wi Parata reserve in Rimu Street without imaging the turf flying and the thundering of horses hooves. Few who live in Parata Street Andrew Street Kapanui and Rewa Rewa Crescent realise they live on the old Waikanae race course on what was the then Parata Estate.

Waikanae had a lot to offer the Country Squire in those days. Trout fishing, duck shooting, pigs deer and the odd pheasant. The sea off shore was teeming with a wide variety of fish, and for the Ladies and gents who followed the Royal Sport, there was the Waikanae Racing Club. Hira Parata the man who built it was probably the first in the area to have a stud farm, his reputation was high in the racing fraternity and those who remember him from childhood days talk of his elegance in dress and demeanour. His white horse, his white hat.

The racecourse was the venue for the "Creamery Picnic", when everybody in Waikanae dressed in their best and ran races for sacks of flour, and sugar.
Wellington firms hired trains from the Wellington Manawatu Railway Company and they also hired the Waikanae racecourse for their annual picnics.
The Paraparaumu Library Historical photographic file

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