Rotorua Decade Screening

29/08/2018 12:00 a.m.

​​​​You are invited to a special screening of highlights from the Rotorua Decade with researcher and videographer Kerry Fowler at Rotorua Library on Thursday 6 September at 5.30pm.​

Do you remember Y2K? Did you attend the Jambalaya Festival? Did you follow the rise of Danny Lee?

Local researcher and videographer Kerry Fowler will be presenting video highlights of the decade that was from the year 2000 to the year 2010 in the Discovery Space on the Second Floor of Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri on Thursday 6 September at 5.30pm.

Kerry has been documenting happenings in Rotorua since the eve of the Millennium​.  His video series tracks local stories month by month with every month being condensed into about 16 minutes. The Rotorua Decade project enables people to 'look back' and see what went on in Rotorua at the time.  

Kerry worked with the late Don Stafford on the Hindsight series of videos and this work, and discussions with Don, have inspired this more recent project. The project has the backing of the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, who saw the need to capture how the city was at that time – the people in it and the events that were happening.

2000 to 2010 were ten very eventful years.  Many of us will remember the Jambalaya Festival or the passing away of the great Sir Howard Morrison. You or your parents may have signed the condolence book at the time of Sir Edmund Hillary's death.  What else can you remember from this era? The local and national politics, the Lakeside Extravaganza or Ragamuffin, or sporting and entertaining successes and school goings on?  

The Rotorua Decade covers it all, even the weather extremes. There were plenty of significant high's and lows over the time. Sit back and have a look at a snapshot of these videos which have been carefully created through film, past news and interviews by Kerry Fowler. You might even see photographs of yourself or your whanau. 

Kerry has come across some great stories while putting together these videos and he will be speaking to these on the night. Since the decade covered by the videos, a lot has changed and a lot is still the same.  

Library Director Jane Gilbert has described Kerry's work as the 'Incredible valuable and painstaking work of turning relatively recent events into tomorrow's history'.  

This event promises to be interesting for all who attend. All are welcome to come along and see how Rotorua was during those years and hear Kerry's insights. Bring your own memories to share as there will be a chance to chat about them and reminisce.

To attend, please RSVP online or contact Rotorua Library


Event Details - Rotorua Decade Screening

​Date: Thursday 6 September, 5.30pm.

Venue: Discovery Space, Second Floor, Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, 1127 Haupapa St

Cost: Gold coin koha

Booking: Please RSVP online​ or contact Rotorua Library​ 

Made possible thanks to our Discovery Space Programmes Partner the Wright Family Foundation.​​ ​


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