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Heritage Festival commemorates WW1

Media release

18 September 2014

Heritage Festival commemorates WW1

This year Auckland Heritage Festival commemorates the centenary of the First World War with the theme ‘courage has many resting places’.

Mayor Len Brown says this year is no ordinary year for the festival.

“As we acknowledge the start of a war that changed our city and our country forever, it is important to remember the sacrifice made by past Aucklanders – and the impact it had on their families and communities,” he says.

“With more than 200 low-cost or free events, as always the festival is a great opportunity for the whole family to learn about Auckland’s history,” says Mr Brown.

The festival runs through the school holidays from 27 September to 12 October, starting with a public open day at Queens Wharf.

Kicking off the day is a parade featuring the Royal New Zealand Artillery Band, joined by serving troops, cadet forces and vintage military vehicles.

Take in exhibits, displays and other entertainment, including an RNZ Artillery Band concert, inside Shed 10 to experience a glimpse of what life was like during the war years.

The frigate HMNZS Wellington will be berthed alongside the wharf during the tribute to the Kiwis who departed from Queens Wharf on their way to join the war effort.

Auckland Heritage Festival Open Day

Saturday 27 September, 11am-4pm.

Parade commences at 11am – along Sturdee Street and Quay Street to Shed 10

Shed 10 open 11am-4pm

WW1 Troop Departure commemoration approx. 11.30am (when the parade arrives) until 12noon

Free concert by the RNZ Artillery Band approx. 1pm-2pm

Shed 10, Queens Wharf, 89 Quay St, Auckland Central

Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum – Dangerous Duties

27-28 September, 10am-5pm

Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum

Corner of Quay and Hobson Streets

Viaduct Marina, Auckland Central


Editor’s notes:

There is an Our Auckland competition currently running, see as follows:

Go in the draw to win two great prizes thanks to Heritage Hotels, a high tea and one night stay for two at the historic hotel or a high tea for two. Visitaucklandcouncil.govt.nz for more information.

The full Auckland Heritage Festival programme is available online at heritagefestival.co.nz.

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