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…)