The Jack Thompson business was a hairdresser, tobacconist, billiard saloon and taxi service which would convey you to any part of the district. The distance from Waikanae to Paraparaumu centres stated is a bit on the low side at 3.5 miles when it is more like 4.2 miles (7 km), but the distance by rail from Wellington of 37 miles (59.5 km) was accurate at that time, as the Tawa Deviation with its two long tunnels had yet to be constructed. Today it is 55 km.