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years since the Battle of Gate Pa
of the Gate
Pa 2014 Commemorations facebook page.
Commemoration of the
150th anniversary of the Battle of Gate Pa /
Pukehinahina took place in Tauranga on Tuesday.
The battle was notable as one of the heaviest British
defeats of the New Zealand Wars. Thirty-one colonial
troops died at Gate Pa, while the number of Maori
warriors killed is estimated at 20.
ceremony on the site where the battle took place was
attended by the Maori King, Te Arikinui Tuheitia
Kiingi Paki, His Excellency the Governor-General, Lt
Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, Minister of Maori
Affairs Pita Sharples, Lieutenant General Tim Keating,
Chief of Defence Force among other representatives
from Government, Iwi and the community.
Tom Roa, Ngati Apakura elder and Chair of Nga Pae o
Maumahara, the group established to commemorate and
raise awareness of the wars that took place 150 years
ago in Waikato and Tauranga, notes the significance of
"On Anzac Day, we
remembered those soldiers who gave their lives in the
two world wars and later this year we commemorate 100
years since World War One. But as we look towards the
150 year commemoration of Gate Pa, we remember them
all, those who fell on home soil and those who fell on
foreign soil. Moe mai koutou i te moenga roa,"
The day’s events
began at 6am with a dawn blessing at the Gate Pa
Reserve, with a full military service held at 9am
at the Mission/Otamataha Cemetery and at noon a
powhiri for the Maori King, visiting iwi and
dignitaries. Several pou were also unveiled.
began last year by remembering the crossing of the
Mangatawhiri Stream 150 years ago by colonial
soldiers, which marked the start of the Waikato War,
and the battle of Rangiriri. They continued this year
with ceremonies for the battles of Waiari and
Rangiaowhia, followed by Orakau at the beginning of
In June the last major battle in the sequence, Te
Ranga (also in the Tauranga region), will be
"As New Zealanders, it's important to remember
that this journey has brought us all together as we
looked back at this significant turning point in the
history of our country. It's given us all the
opportunity to reopen the portals and bring our fallen
back in spirit and farewell them again 150 years later
with the dignity they deserve, soldiers and warriors,
Maori and Pakeha," says Roa.
anniversary of Oruawharo training camp recognised on
A special ANZAC
commemoration at Oruawharo,
set within the Takapau Plains of Central Hawke’s
Bay, remembered the training camp at the site that 100
years earlier attempted to prepare more than 6000 New
Zealand soldiers for war,
Oruawharo Station and
homestead dates to the 1850s when John Johnston bought
the Oruawharo run. The Oruawharo homestead was built
in 1879. In the summer of 1914 Oruawharo was host to
the largest territory training camp in New Zealand in
the first World War, with many of its trainees shipped
to the battlefields of Europe not long after their
At the commemorations
on ANZAC Day organised by the Takapau RSA, keynote
speaker retired Brigadier Roger Mortlock (pictured)
acknowledged that New Zealand was not well prepared
for war, and the Oruawharo training camp was less than
ideal preparation for the horrific realities of war
that awaited the New Zealand Army.
“It was a grand
experiment by a deeply inexperienced army. The level
of military knowledge, in New Zealand, was so low that
they ‘borrowed’ instructors from the British Army
at a ratio of one British instructor to about every
100 New Zealanders,” he told the crowd.
“Of course, these
borrowed instructors were unlikely to have realised
that the machine gun had come of age and was to be
King of the Battlefield causing, before the war was
over, millions of casualties.”
Owner of Oruawharo
Peter Harris says there was a large turnout at the
service, and was honoured for it to be held on his
Category I registered property.
“The service at our
property shows there is increased interest in the
history of Takapau and the importance of ANZAC by the
people of Central Hawke’s Bay.”
A taonga gifted to a
Ngapuhi rangatira in recognition of his mana and power
is coming home.
An engraved silver
medal, given by Governor King of New South Wales to
rangatira Te Pahi of the Bay of Islands in 1806, went
under auction in Australia recently and was purchased
by Te Papa and the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
“The medal is an
extremely important artefact associated with a very
early high-level interaction between Maori and
Pakeha,” says Heritage New Zealand’s Northland
Area Manager, Bill Edwards.
Te Pahi – an
entrepreneurial rangatira, who sought out the Governor
with a view to pursuing commercial and other
opportunities with the British – was the first
significant Maori leader to visit New South Wales.
The Governor –
mindful of the fact that Te Pahi lived at a safe
anchorage often used by English, French and American
whaling ships – was keen to convince Te Pahi that an
association with Europeans would bring many benefits.
“Governor King gave
the medal to Te Pahi in 1806, when he and his four
sons stayed with King at Government House during a
three-month stay,” says Bill.
King also presented Te
Pahi with other gifts including iron tools, livestock,
seeds and even a small prefabricated house to erect in
a safe place for the use of European visitors to the
Bay of Islands.
While he was in New
South Wales, Te Pahi also met Rev Samuel Marsden who
was so impressed by his “strong and comprehensive
mind” that he began to plan the establishment of a
Church Missionary Society mission under Te Pahi’s
protection at Hohi.
“December this year
marks the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the
mission at Hohi, so the return of the medal to New
Zealand is perfect timing,” says Bill.
Sadly, Te Pahi never
saw the establishment of the mission. Te Pahi died
from wounds suffered in fighting between his people
and those of Whangaroa as a result of the Boyd
affair, in which the ship was attacked as utu for the
mistreatment of Te Ara, a local rangatira who had been
a member of the Boyd’s crew – and for
which Te Pahi had been mistakenly blamed.
“Te Pahi so
impressed the British with his keenness for trade and
his shrewdness in all respects that, despite the Boyd
episode, colonial confidence in advantageous relations
with Maori was maintained,” says Bill.
“The Te Pahi medal
is a very important taonga directly linked to the
international diplomatic relationship between King and
Te Pahi, which eventually saw the establishment of New
Zealand’s first permanent Pakeha settlement.”
Life” wins at Museum Awards
Zealand Film Archive's Jane Paul and Heritage New
Zealand's Zoe Roland with their awards (credit: John
Cowpland / alpapix)
Reel Life in Rural New
Zealand – a creative partnership between Heritage
New Zealand and the New Zealand Film Archive has won
the Most Innovative Public Programme category in
Museums Aotearoa’s 2014 NZ Museum Awards.
The awards were made
at a ceremony in Hawke's Bay on Thursday 3 April.
The film programme toured rural communities in March
2013, with five historic woolsheds from the Hawkes
Bay, Tararua and Wairarapa serving as the unique
venues. Seldom seen amateur footage and government
newsreels from the Film Archive featured farming
history, shearing gangs, kiwi inventions dating back
to 1913, and some of the unique rituals of country
life. Over 1200 people including 300 school students
came to the screenings.
Heritage New Zealand Canterbury/West Coast Area
Coordinator Zoe Roland, who was the driving force
behind the project, says the concept was an effective
way to raise awareness of both film and heritage.
"The woolsheds tour gave locals and many people
from further afield a rare chance to appreciate these
historically significant woolsheds and the role they
have played in local communities.”
Further partnerships with the Film Archive are already
underway, with a recent successful event showcasing
film footage of homes and gardens in the Wairarapa at
the historic Longwood Homestead.
Heritage New Zealand Central Region Area Coordinator
David Watt says the partnership with the Film Archive
has been a perfect fit for Heritage New Zealand.
“It’s given us the opportunity to connect local
communities with their heritage through a really
accessible medium. We hope that understanding these
special places will create a greater impetus to care
Reel Life was one of two NZHPT projects up for honours
at the awards, which showcase the best exhibitions,
public programmes and innovative projects from museums
and art galleries throughout New Zealand. High Street
Stories was a finalist in the Best Museums Project
Ellen Pullar from the New Zealand Film Archive says
the partnership has been very special.
“Films allow the past to come to life again, and
experiencing this with the local communities, in
buildings that have been there for generations, is
you recognise this man?
The photo of this New
Zealand World War One Medical Corps soldier is just
one of several in the Kemp House collection, though
staff have no information about him – or many of his
brothers-in-arms whose photos are also in the
“We would love to
hear from anybody who might be able to identify this
particular soldier or any of his mates – and who
might even be able to provide information about them
and their possible connection to Kemp House,” says
the Kerikeri Mission Station’s Visitor Services
Coordinator, Katrina Matete.
The photos of the
soldiers came to light as part of preparation for a
new exhibition in the Stone Store Attic – Gifts
for King and Country: Ernest Kemp WWI Exhibition.
Ernest – the great
grandson of missionaries James and Charlotte Kemp, who
helped establish the Mission Station in 1819 –
served in the Mounted Rifles Brigade in Egypt, Jordan
and Palestine during the First World War. In 1974, at
the age of 86, he generously gifted Kemp House to the
New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
“Ernest was one of
thousands of young New Zealand men and women who left
their families and homes to serve overseas,” says
“As New Zealand
prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the
outbreak of World War One we felt it was appropriate
to highlight his war experiences as part of that
commemoration – particularly in light of his later
service of gifting his family’s home to the
The exhibition will
feature framed photographs from the Kemp House
collection including images of Ernest’s cadet
training at Wanganui Collegiate through to his war
service, which follows his journey through the Middle
East while also looking at the 31st Reinforcements
Mounted Rifles Brigade.
Gifts for King and
Country: Ernest Kemp WWI Exhibition runs until 12 May.
If you have
any information on the soldier in this photograph
please contact Katrina Matete at email@example.com.
final 150th fling
dancer Bonnie Von Trott of Mt Albert was
snapped by photographer Blair Hastings in
mid-dance with Alberton
in the background – nicely capturing the
celebratory mood of Alberton’s Garden Gala
on Sunday 30 March.
thousand people turned out in force to enjoy
the Garden Gala – the final in a series of
events celebrating Alberton’s 150th
anniversary. The Gala featured a range of
boutique food producers and craftspeople, as
well as several dance groups.
all you mums in Northland…
have the opportunity to celebrate Mother’s
Day on Sunday 11 May in style with a special High
Tea at the Kerikeri
Mission Station’s Honey House Café. The
café – nestled on the banks of the Kerikeri
River behind Kemp House – provides the
perfect river backdrop.
serving a delicious assortment of finger
sandwiches, delightful mini treats and
traditional home-baked scones on an elegant
cake stand – and tea or coffee served in our
special bone china," says Kerikeri
Mission Station’s Visitor Services
Coordinator, Katrina Matete.
tickets phone (09) 4079236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
for all you mums in Auckland
Mother’s Day concert at Highwic – Harps
and Flowers for Mother’s Day – will
feature a range of Auckland's best young
can enjoy a glass of wine or fruit juice
before the concert, and take the opportunity
to explore Highwic,” says Highwic Manager
include harpists Louise Andrew and Olivia Kyle
(pictured) of the Aotea Youth Symphony, as
well as Amanda Kirk and Chloe Irwin-Whitney
who are known throughout Auckland for their
special duet singing together.
tickets phone (09) 4792361 or email email@example.com.
We Forget - the songs they sang
The historic Wainuiomata
Pioneer Church (Category 2), built in 1866, was
the venue for a wonderful Anzac Day afternoon of
entertainment of World War One and Two songs that the
Kiwi Concert Party were famous for.
A quartet of
Wellington and Hutt Valley musical show singers
including Heritage New Zealand’s Central Region Area
Coordinator, David Watt, resplendent in Air Force
uniform, brought forth their talents with such
memorable numbers as “Bless Em All”, “Keep the
Home Fires Burning”, “ We’ll Meet Again”,
“Blue Smoke”, “This is the Army”, “ Maori
Battalion”, “Land of Hope and Glory”, “ A Long
Way to Tipperary” and many more, with full audience
for chapters from our past
A new short
clip on YouTube shows how a selection of rare
books from the Te Waimate Mission collection is being
restored by Auckland-based book conservators, Spiral
Path Book Studio. The work has been funded by a grant
from the Stout Trust.
The video was created
by Nicole van Heerden of Huia Films, and features Paul
Taylor from Spiral Path demonstrating some of the
conservation techniques he used on the Te Waimate
“The collection is
an important library of books owned by early New
Zealand missionaries and their families,” says
Heritage New Zealand's Heritage Advisor Collections,
Numbering almost 700
volumes in total, the book collection represents the
largest-known single collection of Church Missionary
Society (CMS) and missionary-owned books in New
Zealand, with 400 predating 1850. Many were donated by
missionary descendants when Te Waimate Mission was
acquired by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in
“These books are
particularly important in light of the upcoming
bicentennial of the establishment of the first Church
Missionary Society mission at Hohi. Many of the
original owners of these books – identified through
bindings, monograms, inscriptions and signatures –
were associated with the Hohi mission, and other
missions established by the CMS,” she says.
Among the taonga are A
Treatise on Land Surveying (1819) signed by
missionaries Richard Davis and ‘Mr Puckey’, which
bears witness to the need for missionary land
“Because of the age,
rarity and significance of these books, this
conservation project is very important,” says
the video here.
the Red Duster
Each year in September
New Zealand acknowledges the Merchant Navy when ‘The
Red Duster’ the Naval Flag, is paraded at the
National War Memorial in Wellington. The Red Ensign
has been the symbol of British and Commonwealth
merchant ships for 150 years.
At the launch of
Nelson Heritage Week on 13 April, Nelson Mayor, Rachel
Reese, unveiled an interpretation board and paid
tribute to the merchant navy for its support to the
City of Nelson down the years. Heritage New Zealand
Central Region General Manager Ann Neill and Area
Coordinator, David Watt, joined the crowd for the
Sunday weather for the Heritage Week launch, hundreds
of Nelsonians joined together at the Boathouse
to learn about the maritime history of Nelson, the
history of the Boulder
Bank with photo displays from NZHPT, the presence
of a magnificent ocean going waka in port and how its
crew navigate it. Unfortunately, due to wind and tidal
conditions it was not possible to proceed with planned
boat trips to the Boulder Bank.
The Department of
Conservation who organised the Heritage Week boat
trips jointly with Heritage New Zealand is now
planning the event around Conservation Week later in
Harbour Walls to be showcased
of the Otago
Harbour Walls will be protected and showcased with
timber boardwalks and interpretation if the Dunedin
City Council is granted consent for a major road
widening project on the Otago Peninsula.
The harbour walls are
a Category 1 Historic Place. Described in the
registration report as a ‘massive example of this
type of vernacular stonework in New Zealand,’ the
walls were constructed from the 1870s onwards using a
mix of private contractors for the Provincial Council,
the Portobello Road Board, local farmers and prison
As well as being
registered by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, the
harbour walls are protected in the Dunedin City
Council’s District Plan - meaning resource consent
is needed to alter the walls. The Council has
therefore been going through the resource consent
process as part of its plans to widen Portobello Road,
the main road on the Peninsula. This will require
reclamation into the harbour and burial of the
existing historic harbour walls.
“Being very aware of
the importance of the road widening project for the
safety of road users, pedestrians and cyclists,
Heritage New Zealand has been working with the Dunedin
City Council to find ways to mitigate the impacts of
the project on heritage values,” says Heritage New
Zealand Otago/Southland Area Manager Jonathan Howard.
Based on this work the
Council now proposes to retain four high significance
sections of wall representing different periods of
wall construction and avoid the need for reclamation
by constructing boardwalks to take pedestrians and
will enable walkers and cyclists to better appreciate
the exposed historic seawalls. Contemporary hand
placed stone walls along those sections where
reclamation is to be undertaken will honour the
traditional construction methods and high quality of
the historic walls," says Jonathan.
Due to the thorough
consultation process adopted by the Council and its
willingness to explore alternatives to total burial of
the walls, Heritage New Zealand was in a position to
support the application for resource consent and
recently backed the project at the Council hearing.
A decision on the resource consent is expected soon.
Coast Heritage Restoration and Earthquake Roadshow
Heritage New Zealand in
partnership with Heritage West Coast, Westland, Grey
and Buller District Councils will be visiting the West
Coast in May to hold a series of public presentations
and drop-in sessions assisting people with issues
around the earthquake strengthening of our valued
heritage buildings. The presentations will cover:
• Current legislation around earthquake engineering
• Repairs and methodology
• Economic costs
• Successful examples of strengthening
• Avenues for funding
Where building owners have them available, please
bring to the drop-in sessions any documentation you
have on the building such as construction drawings,
specifications, details of alterations or previous
More information and a full list of venues and times
can be found here.
Municipal Chambers (former), Westport.
your earthquake prone heritage building
The Wellington City Council is
hosting a meeting for building owners to discuss issues and
concerns about their building and how Council may be able to
help with advice and funding on Thursday 8 May at 7pm at
Newtown Hall, on the corner of Daniell and Constable Streets,
Information covered at the meeting will include:
• How to get funding towards a strengthening project for
• Practical solutions to strenthening and adding appeal to
• Insurance facts about earthquake-prone buildings.
If this time doesn't work for you and you'd like to talk to
Council, either email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone Vivien Rickard on (04) 803 8695 or 021 2278695.
Find our more about the Council's Built Heritage Incentive
Some images from the Orakau
150th commemorations. Photos by Amy Hobbs. For the full
gallery of images visit - and like - the Heritage
New Zealand Facebook page.