A group of Clan Donald Hawke’s Bay members met for lunch on Saturday the 7th of March at the well known Patangata Tavern in Central Hawke’s Bay.
The Tavern is on its own in the countryside and around 12 kilometres towards the east coast from Waipawa, and virtually next to the Tukituki River. The Tukituki River is one of two major rivers that flow from the Ruahine Mountain range through Waipukurau to the East Coast. The other is the Waipawa River which also flows from the Ruahine Mountain range through Waipawa and joins up with the Tukituki River.
The Patangata Tavern is regarded as one of the best places for a fantastic lunch in Central Hawke’s Bay. As it is such a favourite we booked well in advance, and the people who own the Tavern are relatives of Clan Donald Hawke’s Bay member Bruce Parker. This didn’t mean that we got any better service as the Tavern has a reputation for looking after all customers.
The Clan Donald members came from Napier and Hastings, Waipukurau and Waipawa as well as Dannevirke. This gives an indication of the spread of the membership of Clan Donald Hawke’s Bay.
Even as it was a bit of a blustery Autumn day, everyone enjoyed the lunch and had a chance for a good chat.
All too soon it was time to return home.
After lunch we had to have a group photograph. From the left. President Bruce McGechan, Don Ellis, Jill Macdonald, Halina McGechan, Doug McGechan, Glennis McDonald and Secretary Ruth Parker and Bruce Parker.