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The Going family will next month celebrate at Waitangi 150 years since the Goings first arrived on New Zealand’s shores in 1859.
The John and Eliza Going reunion will be held on April 17 to 19 at Waitaha Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, the birthplace of New Zealand as a modern-day nation.
About 500 Goings or descendants of Goings and families will attend the event.
The distinctive features about the reunion are:
• 6 generations of Goings
• Sid Going – an All Black and many other notable rugby players. Sid and Colleen Going became the first New Zealanders to be granted free access to the Treaty Grounds at Waitangi, in October 2008
• The oldest is the Sid, Brian and the late Ken’s mum, Mrs Mary Going, 101, and still going!
• There is still a valley of Goings in Maromaku north of Whangarei
• John Going purchased his first cow in 1865 for 10 pounds to mark the beginning of many Going farmers
• A well known branch of the Going family are deep sea fishermen at Tutukaka who hold many world records including founding member Hugh Going
• Bob Going – a former sea captain- pioneered the mail flight from Auckland to Onerahi (Whangarei airport) in 1921. He flew with George Bolt in 1919 to Dargaville.
• Henry Archibald Going, who was the first manager of the Cement Works at Limestone Island in Whangarei Harbour in 1892