“Restoration work coming up for Pompallier Mission” HNZ Media Release (11.04.2017)

The Pompallier Mission Coffee House will remain open until the end of April.(Image HNZ Medi Release)

“Work will be undertaken in the latter half of April, and is being funded from money raised specifically for Pompallier Mission by donations from Heritage New Zealand supporters at the end of last year. Many people around the country have a strong personal connection with this place, which came through in feedback from those who donated. We’re excited to see work begin, and perhaps meet some of those who helped fund the work so we can personally acknowledge their support.”

“We’re looking forward to seeing the printery at its best again,” says the Manager of Pompallier Mission, Scott Elliffe.

The Media Release is as follows: (more…)

Explore one of Northland’s oldest cemeteries: A HNZ Heritage Tip

Explore one of Northland’s oldest cemeteries

According to Heritage New Zealand’s Northland Area Manager, Bill Edwards:

“Northland has some great options where people looking for some open space, fascinating history and a pleasant walk will enjoy exploring stories of people from the past,” says Bill.

“As well as providing an oasis of calm away from the bustle of everyday life, historic cemeteries also enable people to reconnect with our shared history through a fascinating lens. They’re also wonderful places for reflection and contemplation while acknowledging the lives of those who have gone before.”

One of Northland’s oldest burial grounds is the Mangungu Mission cemetery at Horeke in the Hokianga. The simply laid-out cemetery is worth exploring with one of the oldest legible grave markers recording the deaths of Joseph Shepard and John Harris, who died by drowning in 1829.

“Other notable people buried in the cemetery at Mangungu Mission include James Reddy Clendon – the man who supported the British Resident, James Busby, in his efforts to unite the northern tribes to prevent the Frenchman Baron Charles de Thierry from establishing himself as a ‘Sovereign Chief’ based in the Hokianga,” says Bill.

“Clendon was also a principal witness to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1835 and the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. He was also our first US Consul in New Zealand.”

Another person with links to early New Zealand – and who is buried at the Mangungu cemetery – was Samuel Butler. The son of Rev John Butler, who oversaw the building of the Kerikeri Mission Station, Samuel Butler had come to the Hokianga in 1827 where he tried to make a living as a shipping agent and interpreter arranging cargoes for visiting ships.

Life was hard, as Samuel recorded:

“Times will not permit bread every day and drinkables are quite out of the question.”

He must have found some drinkables however as in 1836 he drowned after falling overboard while drunk, leaving his wife Ann to raise their five children.

Besides famous people in history, the cemetery is also the final resting place for many of the district’s earliest settler families.

“The cemetery at Mangungu is an important archaeological site in its own right, and is well worth exploring,” says Bill.

“People can enjoy a day trip exploring the historic cemetery and Mangungu Mission, and trying out the new cycle trail which begins at Mangungu.”

NB – Opening hours for Mangungu Mission vary; check http://www.heritage.org.nz/places/places-to-visit/northland-region/mangungu-mission/visitor-information for more details



“Guided tours of upper Hatea River for Archaeology Week” HNZ Media Release (27.03.2017)

"People curious about one of Whangarei’s earliest areas of settlement will be able to take part in a series of archaeological walks focusing on the history of Tawatawhiti on the upper Hatea River.

"The walks are part of New Zealand Archaeology Week and take place on Saturday April 8, with the first walk starting at 12 noon and the second starting at 1pm. The walks are approximately 40 minutes long.

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“Ngapuhi landmark listed as a Wahi Tapu” HNZ Media Release (16.03.2017)

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has added Te Tino a Taiamai – a prominent rock sacred to the hapu of Taiamai of Ngapuhi – to the New Zealand Heritage List as a Wahi Tapu. The Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act defines Wahi Tapu as places sacred to Maori in the traditional, spiritual, religious, ritual or mythological sense.




March 16



Ngapuhi landmark listed as a Wahi Tapu


The significance of a Bay of Islands landmark revered by many Maori has been officially recognised by New Zealand’s lead heritage agency. (more…)

“Archaeological mapping of historic (Hungahungatoroa) pa complete” HNZ Media Release (02.03.2017)

Dr James Robinson at work mapping Hungahungatoroa Pa. (Source HNZ)

March 2, 2017



Archaeological mapping of historic pa complete

Kerikeri-based archaeologist, Dr James Robinson, recently took part in a three-day joint project to develop an archaeological map of one of New Zealand’s most significant surviving pa sites.

Dr Robinson, who is the Northland Regional Archaeologist for Heritage New Zealand, ‘went bush’ to use his specialist expertise in map drawing to help record Hungahungatoroa ( Pa – a gunfighter pa dating back to the 1860s – in the Karakatuwhero Valley near Te Araroa on the East Coast. (more…)

“Treaty commemorations at Mangungu” :Horeke ( Hokianga) On 12th February – Heritage New Zealand Media Release





February 8, 2017


Treaty commemorations at Mangungu

The anniversary of the third and largest signing of Te Tiriti will be commemorated at Māngungu Mission, the Heritage New Zealand property in Horeke in the Hokianga on February 12.

Organisers are expecting a strong community turn-out on the anniversary of the actual day of the signing of Te Tiriti in the Hokianga in what has become an annual festival for the area.

Everybody’s welcome at the commemoration activities, which will begin at about 9am, with mihi and karakia, followed by waka on the water at midday and kai.

The event will finish at about 2pm.

For more information contact: Mita Harris – Ph 027-226-1584

“Waitangi cricket match at Te Waimate Mission” Heritage New Zealand Media Release


Waitangi cricket match at Te Waimate Mission

Te Waimate Mission will echo to the gentle sound of willow on leather this Waitangi Day.

The mission house at Waimate North – the country’s second oldest building which is now cared for by Heritage New Zealand – will host a fun game of cricket between two local teams in uniform reflecting the times they were playing in. The teams will be celebrating a small part of New Zealand’s cricketing heritage.

“New Zealand’s first recorded game of cricket actually tool place near Paihia in 1832, though Te Waimate certainly rated a very early mention by none other than evolutionist Charles Darwin who visited the mission at Christmas 1835,” says the Manager of Te Waimate Mission, Mita Harris. (more…)

“Christmas cheer at Pompallier Mission” Thursday 22nd December (2016) Heritage New Zealand Media Release

Every Christmas, Pompallier Mission and New Zealand’s oldest church, Russell’s Christ Church, come together to host community carols for locals and visitors alike. Local groups and soloists will perform traditional festive favourites as well as modern Christmas songs as part of the show, which takes place on Thursday December 22 at 6pm.

People are invited to bring a picnic and a rug, join in or just kick back and enjoy.

“Pompallier Mission has the only public gardens in Russell, so it’s a great opportunity for families to enjoy a very pleasant evening of festive entertainment in this beautiful historic setting,” says Scott.

Admission to Carols @ Pompallier is free to everybody. (Alternative wet weather venue – Christ Church in Russell).

The Media Release is as follows: (more…)

“Pompallier Mission gardens win award” Heritage New Zealand Media Release

Chelsea Neutroski and Shelley Arlidge with their award from the Russell Business Association for Best Business Frontage. (Image HNZ Media Release)

The gardens at Pompallier Mission – the historic property in Russell cared for by Heritage New Zealand – have received official recognition.

Pompallier Mission has won the Russell Business Association Best Commercial Garden Award for 2016.

The gardens are the result of hard work by gardeners Chelsea Neustroski and Shelley Arlidge.

“It’s really nice to have this acknowledgement – especially from the local community,” says Chelsea, who is Pompallier Mission’s Head Gardener.

“We work hard to keep the gardens as well presented as possible – especially for the large numbers of tourists who visit Russell.”

The media Release is as follows: (more…)