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North Shore City celebrates its heritage

North Shore City celebrates its heritage

May 23, 2006

North Shore City residents will be coming together for ‘A darn good yarn - unravelling the past and weaving the future together’ at New Zealand’s first UNESCO World Heritage Day on Sunday, June 4.

There will be a range of activities on offer to celebrate North Shore City’s natural, cultural and built heritage - from photography exhibitions and heritage talks, to open days of historic sites.

Chairman of North Shore City Council’s strategic management committee, Gary Holmes, says World Heritage Day is about remembering our cultural history through storytelling.

“We want to encourage people to think about where they came from and how they got here,” he says.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about the origins, achievements and aspirations of those who came before us.”

Activities on offer in North Shore City include:

- Past-Present, a photographic display in conjunction with the Auckland Photography Festival, which is being held at North Shore City’s Northcote, Devonport and Takapuna Libraries.

- Open days at Vaughan Homestead, Sargeson House and Birkenhead Museum.

- Devonport Museum open day with a presentation by Warren Wilox, on the arrival and settlement of Maori and Europeans in the area.

- Cultural Heritage display and guest speakers from the Albany Discoverers Group.

Councillor Holmes says heritage sites not only enrich our environment, but provide us with a link to our ancestors.

“We are urging people to dig up old photographs, visit a family member and reflect on the past,” he says.

“It’s this appreciation of our history that will ensure the survival of our heritage in the future.”

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage Day is a region wide celebration, organised in collaboration with the Regional Council, other Territorial Local Authorities and the Historic Places Trust. It aims to raise awareness of the diversity of cultural heritage and promote the conservation of historic and cultural sites and places.

Preparation is also underway for North Shore City’s first Heritage Week, which will be taking place from October 30 to November 5 2006.

For more information, please visit www.northshorecity.govt.nz.


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