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Opening week of Kauri Festival draws crowds

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21 September, 2005

Opening week of Kauri Festival draws crowds

The opening week of the Northland Kauri Festival has seen a number of events draw crowds of people to celebrate kauri around Northland.

Several events ran this past week making the most of opportunities to honour and celebrate one of Northland’s great icons – the kauri tree. Reactions from organisers and festival goers anticipate the Northland Kauri Festival to continue as an annual celebration.

The festival kicked off on Saturday with nearly one hundred people participating in an evening of trivia and prizes at the Copthorne Hokianga. Eleven teams were put to the test as part of the Northland Festival Kauri Quiz Night with questions about kauri and Northland. The winning team took away the esteemed Kauri Quiz Trophy and a $500 donation which will go towards the Rawene Hospital.

Celebrations continued on Sunday with ‘Kohukohu Kauri Town’, a guided tour around the historic sites and kauri buildings of Kohukohu. Despite the wet weather the event had a sell out crowd, with a waiting list of people wanting to take part. Event organiser Pauline Evans commented “We’re really pleased with the enthusiasm around the festival, our event has not only local people involved, but we had several people from around Northland who came to be part of the experience”.

The Labyrinth Woodworks and Maze in Waimamaku hosted a preview gathering of their exhibition “Art Kauri”. The festivities included kauri plantings in the native tree ‘maze’, a bbq and songs throughout the afternoon.

Entries for the Kauri Museum Photo Competition are being judged this week. Kauri Museum director Albert Lovell commented that the judges are faced with some difficult choices viewing the more than 65 entries. All photos that were submitted to the competition will be on display at the Kauri Museum until mid October.

A large window display at Whitcoulls in Whangarei has been set up to promote the Kauri Festival. The exhibit was produced with the help of Natural Wood Creations and volunteers from The Kauri Museum. Whitcoulls store manager Steve Hay is very impressed with the display and added that the display is an ‘attention grabber’ for those walking by, and a great way to spread the word of the celebrations.

This week the festival has several kauri themed exhibitions opening around the region. There are also a number of guided tours and free trails available during the next two weeks to experience not only the living kauri trees, but also historic sites where kauri once stood.

Other key events include a talk by renowned botanist Graeme Platt at the Whangarei Museum and Heritage Park on Thursday 22nd 7pm to speak about the “NZ kauri and its place in Gondwanaland”. Also mark your calendar for Saturday 24th, 1pm for the Dargaville Kauri Fest Street parade.

Visit www.northlandnz.com for more information about event listings.

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