Starting out with 30 members, mostly painters in 1968, the Waikanae Arts and Crafts Society had expanded to 200 people by 1998, causing a need for extension of their current premises on Elizabeth St.
Speaking to Kapiti News at their 50th anniversary celebration, the common theme was how the society has played a crucial role in welcoming new Waikanae residents into the community.
Current president Anne Bellamy says the society fulfils a need for third age people who need to do something worthwhile with their time.
Over the years the groups have included painting, embroidery, spinning, pottery, felt-making, weaving, spinning, porcelain painting, crochet, card making, and a miniaturist group.
The society welcomes new members who have an enthusiasm for arts and crafts with groups meeting at many times throughout the week.