Tell us your story…
Tell us your story….
Friday 13 September 2013
You are invited to add your story to the history of New Zealand told through 100 places, a new web feature on the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s NZHistory website http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/100-nz-places
Ministry historian, Gavin McLean, invites people with a story to tell about any of the sites to post it online.
“These are not the 100 best buildings – many aren’t buildings – or the greatest archaeological sites,” McLean says. “I chose some because they are beautiful, but most are either places where people created turning points in our history or they are ones that represent major historic themes.”
The places chosen by McLean were those that appealed to him.
“No focus groups tainted this entirely personal excursion through our cultural heritage landscapes,” he says.
The web feature is an updated digital adaptation of McLean’s 2002 book, 100 Historic Places in New Zealand.
Despite the damage caused by the 2010–12 Canterbury earthquakes, McLean says he kept his 2002 choices.
“Change, even catastrophic, is as much part of history as continuity.”
A history of New Zealand in 100 places