Stone Store, Whitianga

The store is believed to have been built for White by two runaway sailors in return for their keep. According to local historian Jenny Bithell the building was at one time known as the Pig and Whistle and was used as a sly grog shop.


George White is said to have been the first European settler to take up land for farming on the flats across the harbour from Ferry Landing. He was settled in Mercury Bay by October 1866. White married Lillian Short [akaLillie] in 1884 and the couple had at least nine children.

Whitiangas White Street is named for the family, whose descendants still live in the area today.

The Whites also ran a trading store and from 1890 the store was used as a dairy. The property on which the store stands was transferred to William Robinson, farmer, and Catherine Robinson, spinster, in 1940, hence the name of the road on which it is located.

The White / Robinson farm was subdivided for residential development from the late 1960s.

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