Hermann Heinrich Freidrich NITZ - Kaiwhata
KAIWHATA is situated near the east coast of Wairarapa
20km south of Riversdale, 50km southeast of Masterton
DEATH OF A PIONEER
Mr HERMANN HEINRICH FREIDRICH NITZ veteran of three wars
Wairarapa Daily Times, 12 December 1910
from our Te Wharau Correspondent
... It was with feelings of very great regret that the writer learnt of the death of the late Mr Hermann Nitz, of 'Stansborough', Kaiwhata. On Monday afternoon he informed his wife that he would take his gun and dog, and go over a portion of the run for a little rabbit-shooting. As evening approached, his usual time of returning having passed, the household became very disturbed. Search parties were at once organised, each party taking a different direction. The moon, unfortunately, was young, and gave very little light to aid the searchers in their work among the hills. Those who known the Kaiwhata ranges will understand the difficulties which those willing workers had to face. Lanterns had to be requisitioned, as it was impossible to see beyond a few yards in the thick gloom of the night.
Hour after hour passed, without the desired result. Midnight was reached, and various search parties had returned. It was decided, after consultation, that a particularly rough and broken piece of the run should be tried, in one portion of which there was a very deep ravine. Mr Edgar Nitz was following the creek-bed, and, after traversing its channel for some distance, he heard something move, a little ahead. Throwing the light of his lantern in the direction of the noise, he saw the outline of a dog's form and close beside it the body of his father.
The faithful creature had kept guard over its master's remains from the evening before, the time now being past 1 a.m.
The task of calling the various parties together was soon accomplished, and willing hands improvised a stretcher on which to place the body, which was resting as if in sleep, with the gun beside it. The body had to be carried in stages to the deceased's late home. The cortege can be well imagined - some dozen men or more, in various garbs, a few lanterns throwing their pale rays of light into the pitchy darkness of the night while the shadows from the trees and headlands cast their weird forms along the line of march towards "Stansborough," which was reached a little before dawn.
The late Mr Nitz was born at Stockentein, near Naurenberg, Pomerania, Germany, in 1841. He saw service in three campaigns - the Danish, Austrian, and the Franco-Prussian - and was stationed for twelve months on the Polish frontier. While carrying despatches in the Franco-Prussian war, he lost his way. In crossing a bridge he was challenged and fired upon by two sentinels who were on guard. The shots, however, missed their mark. He was simultaneously confronted by the sentinels, and one made a lunge with his sabre at Nitz's breast. Dodging the thrusts, though receiving the point of the blade in his arm, Nitz in a trice had his antagonist at his feet. The other he disarmed, and his next proceeding was to march him and the two horses into the German lines. For this act of bravery the gallant fellow received a special medal. The writer has been shown four different medals, each having a separate history, covering portions of the early life of the late Mr Nitz.
The old gentleman had on many occasions expressed a wish to die on the hills, and under arms. Strange as it may appear, that desire was satisfied. As a soldier he was wounded more or less severely in the various campaigns in which he was engaged.
He came to the Kaiwhata thirty-five years ago, and there settled with his wife and young family carving out a home from the bush-clad hills. He was a man of untiring energy, and the homestead that now bears the name of "Stansborough" is one of which any settler might be proud.
The funeral took place from the residence, and the Rev Mr Phillips conducted the burial service. Settlers gathered from all parts of the Coast and from inland districts to pay their last tribute of respect to the sterling old pioneer. Some very beautiful wreaths were placed upon the casket, which was of mottled totara, with silver mounting. As the service was being conducted at the graveside, distant rumblings of thunder could be heard, and as a fitting farewell to an old soldier's life, heaven's artillery boomed with appalling insistence, making the hills and valleys of the Kaiwhata echo and re-echo with each succeeding volley. As if to reach a climax, when the earthly remains were being lowered into their resting place, a flash of lightning more vivid than its forerunners quivered through the air, and was followed by a deafening roar.
"The Last Post" was sounded and the veteran's wishes were fulfilled.
May he rest in peace
Hermann Heinrich Freidrich Nitz married Louisa Niemoth in Germany. They had 2 children, August Charles & Rudolph Henry Nitz. On 1 April 1875 they embarked from Hamburg on the Lammershagen, arriving in Wellington 11 July 1875
Wairarapa Daily Times, 29 June 1885 Letters of naturalization have been granted to Hermann Nitz of Whareama, sheepfarmer
Wairarapa Daily Times, 8 January 1909
... At the wedding of Mr Rudolph Henry Nitz, second son of Mr H. Nitz, of Kaiwhata, East Coast, and Miss Dora May Walker, daughter of Mrs G. Marshall, of Masterton, at St Matthew's Church, yesterday, the bride was given away by her stepfather, Mr G. Marshall. Misses L. (Louisa Hinton) Whelch and Ethel (Ethel Maria) Whelch were the bridesmaids. Mr G. Vennell was best man, and Mr Herman John Nitz groomsman. Mr and Mrs Nitz left for Wellington by the afternoon train, en route for Wanganui and Rotorua.
*Herman John Nitz was the New Zealand born son of Hermann & Louisa
*the bridesmaids were daughters of Henry & Maria Louisa Lettice Whelch
... An interesting visitor to Masterton yesterday was Mr Herman Nitz, who has been a settler of Kaiwhata for over thirty years. The old gentleman was easily distinguishable by the medals on his breast, which he received while serving in the German army. Mr Nitz saw a good deal of active service in the Danish war of 1864, the Austrian war of 1866 and the Franco-Prussian war of 1871. He has three medals for bravery, as well as the Emperor's Birthday medal
DEATH OF A PIONEER
Mrs LOUISA NITZ old Wairarapa settler
Evening Post, 18 May 1934
Masterton, This Day
... Another link in the fast-diminishing chain of pioneer settlers of the Wairarapa district was broken yesterday with the death of Mrs Louisa Nitz, widow of the late Mr Herman Nitz. The late Mrs Nitz, who died at the residence of her son, Mr E. L. Nitz, Stansborough, Te Wharau, was 91 years of age. She was born at Lauenburg, Pomerania in 1843 and came to New Zealand with her husband in 1875. They came to the Wairarapa almost immediately, proceeding to the Kaiwhata Valley on a bullock wagon. There they carved out a home for themselves and their growing family out of the wilderness of the bush.
Of a kindly and sympathetic nature, the late Mrs Nitz was held in the highest esteem by a wide circle of friends throughout the district. Always willing to help those in need, her name in the early and later days stood for neighbourly help and kindly hospitality. She retained her faculties to the last, and took a keen and lively interest in the affairs of the day. Her husband predeceased her some twenty-three years ago. She leaves a family of four sons, Messrs, A. C. and R. H. Nitz, Auckland and H. J. and E. L. Nitz of Masterton; and two daughters, Mesdames F. S. Richards, Auckland and M. S. Wills, Lower Hutt. There are eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren
the children of HERMANN & LOUISA:
* 1871 - 1946 Auguste Charles Nitz
- Auguste married Marion Isabella Raymond (1874-1968) in 1897
- daughter of Wellington Raymond & Marion White Mann
* 1874 - 1948 Rudolph Henry Nitz
- Rudolph married Dora May Walker (1890-1915) in 1909 (as above)
- daughter of Alfred Walker (1855-1895) & Mary Dora Tatham (1860-1916) (Mary Dora (Tatham) was born Wheeler, 12th of 12 children of the Rev Edwin Wheeler & Georgiana Tatham. When the Rev walked out on his family their mother reverted to her maiden name). Mary Dora Walker next married George Marshall in 1901
- Rudolph next married Eva Louise Riddick (1886-) in 1916
- daughter of William Andrew Riddick & Jemima Croucher
* 1877 - Annie Louisa Marie Nitz
- Annie married Francis Glanham Richards (1875-1947) in 1899
- son of Charles Alfred Richards & Martha Clarke
* 1880 - 1965 Herman John Nitz
- Herman married Lucy Martin McGregor (1888-1945) in 1911
- daughter of Malcolm John McGregor & Carrie Lee Hockly
* 1883 - 1965 Elsie Mabel Nitz
- Elsie married Major Stanley Wills (1883-1979) in 1913
- son of Frank Wills & Louisa Sanderson
* 1885 - 1957 Edgar Leonard Eugene Nitz
- Edgar married Isabella McGregor (1892-1935) in 1912
- daughter of Malcolm John McGregor & Carrie Lee Hockly
NOTE of INTEREST Stansborough, Kaiwhata, a 100 years later
... As a break from hiking the trails of Stansborough, watching the stock and farming operations can be a constant source of interest to the visitor. Barry and Cheryl Eldridge and their staff are an approachable source of information about their unique animals and the history of the farm and surrounding district. The fibre from the Gotland sheep and the alpacas is woven into high quality material at their Hutt Valley factory and is then exported to fashion outlets overseas. The soft, grey, lustrous fleece of the Gotlands was recently featured in cinemas around the world. About 900 metres of woven fibre was supplied to The Lord of the Rings movie to be made into Elven cloaks and clothing for Ringwraiths and other Tolkien characters
first NITZ homestead at Kaiwhata
to see their second homestead at Kaiwhata