Walk and Talks to focus on Northland Archaeology
The spotlight will fall on Northland’s archaeology in two major events taking place in Whangarei on Saturday May 4.
The events are part of the third annual NZ Archaeology Week – a nationwide celebration of New Zealand’s archaeological heritage which runs from April 24 to May 5.
People can kick off their exploration of Northland archaeology with the Hatea River Hikoi– a walk ‘n’ talk led by students from Whangarei Boys High School with back-up from Heritage New Zealand’s Northland Manager, Bill Edwards.
“Students will share what they have learned about the archaeological features of the area,” says Bill Edwards.
“The features are quite stunning, and include early gardening and habitations, while illustrating how people have changed the landscape over the centuries. It has a very dynamic heritage story, and that’s part of what makes it really exciting.
“This archaeological landscape is also very close to Whangarei’s CBD which is actually quite a rare thing in an urban setting.”
People interested in enjoying the free walk can gather at Hatea Drive opposite the Discovery Settlers Motel before the walk begins at 10am (look for the flagpole marking the meeting place).
Later that day, a panel of experts will present six talks focusing on different aspects of archaeology at the KiwiNorth Floor Talks, which will take place at 2pm on May 4. Each talk will be about 15 minutes long, including time for questions and answers. The talks will take place at the Vintage Car Club rooms at KiwiNorth (Admission $5 per person).
Floor Talk topics include:
- Korero Around Sources of Obsidian found in the Bay of Island- John and Webber Booth
- WWII Camps in Northland- Jack Kemp and Dr Bill Guthrie
- ‘Tākou - Red Earth, the Whenua in the Rohe of Hapū Ngāti Rēhia, Bay of Islands, Northland, NZ’ - Chris Booth
- Evidence for Early Polynesian Voyaging to New Zealand- Ross and Gael Ramsay, Grahame Collett, Georgia Kerby
- The Battle of Kororāreka – the start of the Northern Wars- Bill Edwards