As we arrived more and more people started gathering and waiting for the powhiri to begin. There were the Ngati Kahu people from Peria and Whangaroa practising there kapahaka ready for the day after. After the powhiri the Ngaituteauru people from Otaua started rehearsing as well, til midnight, as they wanted everything perfect for the launch of their waka.
Everyone was up at 3am Saturday 9th of January and the people of the marae had put on a beautiful meal for breakfast before we went to Aurere, where the waka awaited us. It was a small trip to get there from Peria.
It was a special day for many people of the Ngapuhi tribe as Ngatokimatawhaorua had not been on water for about 70 years.
To see the Waka that i had grown up with for many years at my marae and seeing it looking so beautiful and seeing it being rowed was an experience I will cherish for a lifetime. It was well worth waking up at 3am in the morning..
Kelvin Davis, Northland Labour MP, visited us today to get a first hand account of our plans to develop the Heritage Kaikohe Complex and to encourage 3rd Party business opportunities on the site from artisan craftspeople.
Many thanks for your interest and warm support Kelvin, looking forward to welcoming you and your whanau back soon.
The team from Heritage Kaikohe will be in attendance at the Kaikohe A&P Show on the 9th January, with working machinery from the Pioneer Village up and running, including our much loved Traction Engine, a Farmall Tractor and a Stationery Bailer.
Board members, Volunteers and the interim Director, Grant Collie, will be there throughout the show to answer any questions on the development of Heritage Kaikohe, the Pioneer Village and the historical collections under our care.
It will also allow people to find out how to get involved in the exciting plans for the the Heritage Kaikohe Complex, from Volunteering to help with the collections, guiding and/or greeting visitors, archiving the collection, etc – to running your own artisan craft business on the complex!
See you there……
The Trust Board is delighted to announce the appointment of IAN DAY as our new Curator Manager.
After 4 years as Director of the Huntly Based, Waikato Coalfields Museum, the challenge and potential of the ongoing development at Heritage Kaikohe was too interesting to resist.
Ian commences around the 18th January and we look forward to his arrival.
Bruce Gillies, one of our longest serving members and current Deputy Chair of the Trust has designed a new logo to highlight the refocussing of our collection to tell the history of the whole of the Kaikohe community.