He Kete Rau Mahara | Local Heritage Week 2021

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He Kete Rau Mahara | Local Heritage Week 2021

6384 South end of Tutanekai Street at Eruera Street Junction, circa 1924, photographer S Smith, Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa (OP-909)

Thank you to everyone who participated in He Kete Rau Mahara | Local Heritage Week 2021 which became the first time we have run a complete festival of events online. We very much appreciated our guest speakers and presenters who willingly adapted to virtual presenting so we could keep the event going. He mihi nui ki a koutou katoa!

He Kete Rau Mahara | Local Heritage Week is an opportunity to learn about our Rotorua history - our land and our people who explored and put down roots, building a village, a community, a township and now a city.

The week marks the anniversary of the signing of The Fenton Agreement, sometimes known as Rotorua's founding document. The Agreement was signed by Te Arawa iwi representatives and Crown representative Chief Judge Francis Dart Fenton on November 25, 1880.

Children's Build a Local Landmark Competition

Congratulations to Asahi, the winner of our ‘Build a local landmark competition’! His entry of the Canopy Tours Zipline was instantly recognisable to the judges, who complimented the skill and thought that had gone into their build. Thank you to the young people who took the time to build and send us their entries.

Waiata Mai with Clark Pirika

A video compilation of local heritage images from Nostalgic Rotorua accompanied by Te Aka Mauri staff singing waiata. Led by Te Arawa Partnership Advisor, Clark Pirika

Running time: 15:46

Local Stories told by the Youth & Early Learning Team

Two local stories were told by Hannah from the Youth & Early Learning Team.

Hoha the Taniwha, written by Aunty Bea and illustrated by Kat Quin Merewether.
Running time: 04:46

and Ihenga, also written by Aunty Bea and illustrated by Kat Quin Merewether
Running time: 05:44
The Library is grateful to www.auntybea.co.nz for supporting these two events.

He Puna Rangahau: Waitangi Tribunal Files

Learn how to access and navigate the unique digital collection of local Waitangi Tribunal Files at Te Aka Mauri, from initial WAI claims and research reports through to personal stories.
Running time: 31:21

Ann Somerville

Daughters of the Land | Nga Uri Wahine a Hineahuone

In 1993 Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa mounted a landmark exhibition examining the role rural women had played in the Rotorua area in the preceding 100 years. Twenty-eight years on Ann Somerville, curator of the exhibition, will re-visit the project, reminiscing on stories of courage and camaraderie. Ann joined the team at Rotorua Museum in 1990 and played many roles over the next 23 years. She co-curated many exhibitions working with a team of very talented people to create such memorable shows as Elvis in Geyserland and the award winning Taking the Cure. From 2000 she taught docents to take people on tours of the museum, the large team of volunteers often doing seven tours a day. Ann retired from the museum in 2013, but still keeps links with the museum open.

Running time: 07:35

Stories behind the names: From Tutanekai St. to Fenton St. - Ben Manley

In recognition of the signing of the Fenton Agreement (signed 25 November 1880 at Ōhinemutu) this online self-guiding story map, ‘Stories Behind the Names: From Tūtānekai Street to Fenton Street’, looks at the founding of Rotorua Township viewed through the stories attached to our street names in the Central Business District.

Only accessible ONLINE on your own device as this presentation is self-driven.

Living Book: Revd. Tom Poata, Vicar of St. Faiths Church, Ohinemutu

An interview with this popular and colourful icon of Rotorua, Reverend Tom Poata. He has become a well-known personality during his years in Rotorua and this interview will follow his journey that led him to where he is today as long-standing Vicar of St Faiths Church.

Running time: 58:12