A dynamic little town of 450 people, Lawrence has always reached for the gold in many ways.  Through a mixture of fundraising and utilising skills held by town residents and the farming families in the surrounding region, the community has successfully completed a variety of large projects, often at no cost to the ratepayer.

 

Leading the way

Lawrence has always had a fair share of good leaders going right back to the gold mining era of the early 1860s.  There were a lot of strong personalities and good leadership amongst the early goldminers and traders who arrived to seek their fortune following Gabriel Read’s gold strike.

​There were people like John Joseph Woods who wrote the score of the national anthem.  John Stenhouse was another – he was headmaster at the school for 46 years and gave the pupils a solid grounding in education and life skills. By the turn-of-the-century Stenhouse had pupils in most government departments in Wellington.  The Lawrence area has produced three High Court judges and two commissioners of police.

​Today, Lawrence has a strong farming community who are very supportive of new initiatives within the town.

A strong ethos within the community that there are no barriers to achieving their goals have resulted in some remarkable success stories.

Past fundraising projects

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Community organisations

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150th celebrations, Gabriel's Gully

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Lawrence Information Centre

17 Ross Place, Lawrence 9532

New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 485 9222

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