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Unique history celebrated at North Shore Heritage Festival

Olivia Starrenburg - 25/09/09

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With more than 30 events remembering many facets of the North Shore's unique history from fashion, marriage, literature and antiques, to beach life, sport and architecture the 2009 festival from October 2 12 is shaping up to be one of the best yet. Time and tide may wait for no man, but the two will be celebrated together at North Shore City's annual Heritage Festival this October.

This is the second year the festival has been co-ordinated by North Shore City Council, with community groups submitting their events to the programme online.

Festival co-ordinator Jonathan Smith says the community is really getting into the heritage spirit and it's bringing back great memories for those involved.

"We've had some really unique and interesting events submitted to the programme that I think are going to have great appeal to a variety of people.

"It's interesting observing the different facets of life that people are choosing to celebrate. A couple of the highlights in this year's programme include an antiques road show, a celebration of the works of Robin Hyde and a fashion parade showcasing bridal fashion through the years," he says.

Mr Smith says this year's festival will also reflect on a sad period in New Zealand's history with activities to remember the 92nd anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele including an exhibition, massed bands concert, street march and commemorative service.

Mayor of North Shore City, Andrew Williams says the Battle of Passchendaele was a hugely significant event in New Zealand's history and affected many families in North Shore City.

"It is a great honour for the city to be hosting these commemorative events as part of the Heritage Festival.

"While there are many wonderful aspects of our city's rich heritage worth celebrating, it's also important to reflect on the great sacrifice made by our countrymen many years ago.

"I hope you will join us in partaking in the heritage events being held in North Shore City and in remembering those who fought bravely at the Battle of Passchendaele."

Event & Activity Programme

Albany Village Heritage Walk
Weather permitting, the Albany Village Heritage Walk will start at Albany Village Library and proceed through the village going past places of interest which includes the waterfall, domain, Coronation Hall and the cemetery. An historical description of each of the places of interest will be given during the tour. A great event for all the family. Regrettably, this walk is not accessible for people with disabilities.

When: Wednesday 7 October, 11.00am to 1.00pm
Where: Albany Village Library, 30 Kell Drive, Albany
Tickets: Free
Contact: Sheryl Day 09 486 8400

Art in the Library
Local artists will display their North Shore themed artworks. Come along and browse and reflect on this outstanding collection of North Shore paintings, some with a heritage theme. All works will be for sale.

When: Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 October
Where: East Coast Bays Library, 8 Bute Road, Browns Bay
Tickets: Free
Contact: Patricia Kay 09 486 8650 or email:

Bayswater Heritage Club House Open Day

Bayswater Club House
Bayswater Club House
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The fully operational Heritage Club House will be open to visitors to view the building, photos and memorabilia of the history of the Takapuna Boating Club at Bayswater, old sailing boats, the old swimming pool and enjoy the environment at Bayswater and the Northern Reclamation. At high tide experience the opportunities offered by the club for young and old, wishing to learn to sail in dinghies in a safe environment. Be sure to view a copy of the Heritage Plan and the Club's proposal for the restoration of this historic building.

When: Sunday 11 October, 11.00am to 3.00pm
Where: Heritage Club House, Sir Peter Blake Parade, Bayswater
Tickets: Free
Contact: Janet Watkins 09 483 9848 or email:

Birkenhead Museum Open Day
The Birkenhead Historical Society Museum contains the largest collection of Birkenhead, Birkdale and Beachhaven artefacts. This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to learn more about the history of this area especially for those that work or live nearby.

When: Saturday 4 October, 1.00pm 5.00pm
Where: Birkenhead Museum, Mahara Avenue, Birkenhead (outside the War Memorial Park gates)
Tickets: Free
Contact: Brian Potter 027 494 531 or email:

BookChats Reflecting New Zealand's Heritage
Join today's group for a discussion around novels reflecting New Zealand Heritage. The books discussed will incorporate moments and themes from New Zealand's history.

When: Wednesday 7 October, 10.30am -12.00noon
Where: East Coast Bays Library, 8 Bute Road, Browns Bay
Tickets: Free
Contact: Patricia Kay 09 486 8650 or email:

Bridal Fashion through the Years
Opening night (Friday 2 October) features a Fashion Parade "Bridal Fashion through the Years" with some of the bridal gowns modeled by great granddaughters, granddaughters, or daughters.

The exhibition of bridal wear (Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October) features wedding photos and memorabilia displayed with gowns and accessories from different decades. Many of the gowns are exquisite examples of fine needlework and celebrate the art and design of dressmaking, along with memories of pleasant interludes in life.

When: Friday 2 October, 7.30pm, Opening Night Fashion Parade; Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October, 10.00am to 3.00pm, Exhibition

Where: Age Concern Positive Ageing Centre, 7 The Strand, Takapuna (Above the CAB and beside the Takapuna Library. Lift in corridor beside library - level 2)

Tickets: Opening Night Fashion Parade - Friday 2 October - Limited seats available.
> Prepaid Tickets $25.00 per person available by phoning Age Concern North Shore on 09 489 4975.
Exhibition - Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October. Tickets $3.00 (door sales).

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 12 free.
Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Age Concern North Shore Charitable Trust
Contact: Sue Pearson 09 449 2221or email:

Browns Bay Heritage Walk
This walk will follow the Browns Bay Heritage Trail around the main town and beach area stopping at 20 historic places to learn about their history. Booklets will be available for all walkers. Maybe bring an umbrella for light rain.

When: Thursday 8 October, 10.00am - 12.00noon (Rain date: Friday 9th October)
Where: Meet at the East Coast Bays Library, 8 Bute Road, Browns Bay
Tickets: Free
Contact: Patricia Kay 09 486 8650 or email:

Cat Gut Scream and Scones with Cream with the Birkenhead Tennis Club

Photo supplied by the Birkenhead Tennis Club.
Cat Gut Screams and Scones with Cream at the Birkenhead Tennis Club
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A fun family afternoon at the tennis club as in the early 1900's, complete with a wooden racquet bash and an old fashioned afternoon tea with cakes and scones for sale. Come dressed for the occasion.

When: Sunday 11 October, 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Where: Birkenhead Tennis Club, John G Kay Park, Verran Road (behind the reservoir on the corner of Waipa St and Verran Rd, Birkenhead)
Tickets: Free
Rain Date: Sunday 18 October
Contact: Rae Dumbleton 09 482 0770 or email:

David Verran, writer in residence
David Verran, local historian and librarian, will be a writer in residence between Monday 5 and Friday 9 October at the North Shore libraries. David has been commissioned to write a history of the North Shore and welcomes you to join him and talk about your memories of the North Shore. Please bring photographs to copy or donate.

9.00am to 5.00pm: Monday 5 October at Northcote Library; Tuesday 6 October at East Coast Bays Library; Wednesday 7 October at Devonport Library;
Thursday 8 October at Albany Village Library; Friday 9 October at Glenfield Library (David will be joined by members of the Glenfield Historical Society for morning tea from 10.00am to 12noon)
Tickets: Free
Contact: Patricia Kay 09 486 8650 or email:

The Devonport Community Workshop
The Claystore, Devonport's Community Workshop and as far as we know, the only such facility in NZ, welcomes the general public to view the range of tools and activities accessible to the handyperson and DIY enthusiast. The workshop is located in a Historic Trust building, once part of the old Auckland Brick and Gasworks first established in 1886.

When: Friday 2, Saturday 3, Monday 5 to Friday 9 October, 9.00am to 12.00 noon
Where: The Claystore, 27 Lake Road, Devonport
Tickets: Free
Contact: George Crook 09 445 0399 or email:

Esplanade Hotel Guided Tours
Join us on a guided tour through Devonport's gracious boutique hotel, The Esplanade Hotel built in 1903. The Esplanade Hotel is one of a few existing examples left in the world of a 'True Seaside Hotel'. The hotel features 15 rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, a luxury suite and a Penthouse Apartment and offers function rooms for business meetings, seminars and conferences. Registered by the Historic Places Trust as category 1: 'reserved for places of outstanding cultural heritage, significance or value'.

Esplanade Hotel
Esplanade Hotel
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When: Monday 5 October, 10.00am to 3.00pm
Where: Esplanade Hotel, 1 Victoria Road, Devonport
Tickets: Free but pre-registration required by 3.00pm Sunday 4 October. All registered visitors will be offered complimentary coffee/tea and muffins.
Contact: Alexandra Schneider 09 445 1291 or email:

The Flight of Robin Hyde presented by the Michael King Writer's Centre
A literary event to celebrate the life and work of writer Robin Hyde.
Robin Hyde was the author of the renowned novel The Godwits Fly and a prolific poet, political columnist, travel writer and war correspondent. Her short, tragic life, reflected many of the difficulties faced by women struggling to become writers in the 1930s. Although she is now regarded as having had the most significant output of any New Zealand writer in that period, her work was largely ignored for many decades after her death.
This event will bring together several people who have a remarkable insight into Robin Hyde, her career and character, and her contribution to New Zealand literature.

Photo supplied by the Michael King Writer's Centre
Robin Hyde by Spencer Digby 1936.
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When: Sunday 11 October, 2.00pm
Where: Holy Trinity Church Hall, Church St, Devonport
Tickets: $5.00 door sales
Contact: Karren Beanland 09 445 8451 or email:

Frank Sargeson House Open Day
The Sargeson Trust will be opening the doors of this historic home where Frank Sargeson lived and wrote from 1940s until his death in 1982. Restored by the Sargeson Trust with the assistance of Hayden and Rollett, the house is a significant part of North Shore City's Heritage Festival.

When: Sunday 4 October, 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Where: 14A Esmonde Road, Takapuna
Tickets: Free
Contact: Chris Cole Catley, Chair, Sargeson Trust, 09 445 9668

Glenfield Heritage Bus Tour
Join us on a bus tour of some of Glenfield's heritage with the commentary given by members of Glenfield Historical Society. The bus departs from Glenfield War Memorial Hall, Hall Road, Glenfield and returns to the Hall for a cup of tea and a chat.

When: Tuesday 6 October, departs at 10.00am and concludes at 12.00 noon
Where: Glenfield War Memorial Hall, Hall Road

Tickets: Free but bookings essential. Phone Glenfield Library 09 486 8555
Contact: Philippa Templeton 09 486 8555 or email:

Glenfield Heritage Quiz
Test your knowledge of Glenfield's local icons. Search for answers in the Library or take a map and get the whole family involved in visiting the relevant historical sites. All correct entries will be entered into a prize draw. The winning entry will be notified after the conclusion of the North Shore City Heritage Festival. Great school holiday activity for families.

When: Friday 2 to Sunday 11 October
Where: Glenfield Library, 90 Bentley Ave, Glenfield
Tickets: Free
Contact: Philippa Templeton 09 413 6337 or email:

Glenfield's Historical Photo Display
Glenfield Library presents a display of photos illustrating the areas historical past and present from the Glenfield Library local history collection.

When: Friday 2 to Sunday 11 October
Where: Glenfield Library, 90 Bentley Ave, Glenfield
Tickets: Free
Contact: Philippa Templeton 09 413 6337 or email:

Grand Massed Bands Concert
To mark the opening of The North Shore Heritage Festival, North Shore City in conjunction with The International Military Music Society, New Zealand Branch, are a staging a magnificent massed bands commemorative concert, featuring Auckland's four great bands, from RNZ Navy, RNZ Artillery, RNZ Air Force and Auckland and District Pipe Band (the reigning New Zealand Champions), together with guest international vocalist Celine Toner. It promises to be an afternoon of glorious entertainment and tribute.

When: Sunday 4 October, 2pm
Where: Bruce Mason Centre, The Promenade, Takapuna
Tickets: Adults $20.00; Seniors & Students $16.00; available through the Box Office or Ticketmaster, phone 0800 111 999 or visit (Transaction fees may apply)
Contact: Bob Davis 09 413 5322 or email:

Heritage on Hinemoa Business and Community combine to celebrate this unique group of buildings at 98 Hinemoa Street on historic Birkenhead Point. Sample foods, listen to music and learn more about our local history a 100 years celebration.

When: Sunday 11 October, 10.00am to 3.00pm
Where: 98 Hinemoa Street (Hellabys Bldg), Birkenhead
Tickets: Free
Contact: Gordon Martinsen 09 480 8858 or email:

Historical Laughter Yoga
Fun exercises themed from events of the past, from strawberry picking, kauri milling to regatta day. Laughter is initiated as an exercise and quickly becomes infectious. You don't need a sense of humour to join in, just a willingness to laugh, to get all the health and well-being benefits of laughter, as well as learning some interesting historical facts about the North Shore along the way. Wear something representing olden times, a costume or accessory, and you may win a small prize!

When/Where: Saturday 3 October, 9.00am to 9.45am, Bays Community Centre, Glen Road, Browns Bay
Tuesday 6 October, 9.30am to 10.15am, Glenfield Senior Citizens Hall, Mayfield Road, Glenfield
Tickets: Gold coin donation
Contact: Louise Stevens 0274 753 734 or email:

History of Northcote Libraries Display
Northcote Library presents a display of the history of library service in the Northcote area covering over fifty years and three different library buildings. Also includes a selection of photos showing the history of libraries across the North Shore.

When: Friday 2 to Monday 12 October
Where: Northcote Library, 3 Ernie Mays Street, Northcote
Tickets: Free
Contact: Sean Murgatroyd 09 486 8490 x 7117 or email:

Lake House Heritage Day & Antiques Roadshow
Have your art and collectables valued at the Lake House Arts Centre Antiques Roadshow by renowned antique dealers. Enjoy live music by the Lex Pistols and Mandolin Magic and be entertained by the maypole and French dancers. There will be lots of exciting art and craft stalls and for the art enthusiast, the "Have-A-Go" art day is all about trying something new. Have you ever tried to throw on a wheel? Now is your chance. View exhibitions in the main gallery, the cafe and the Permanent Historic Homes Photographic Exhibition from the Milford and Takapuna area upstairs. Children can play on the bouncy castle, ride-on toys or even dress up in heritage clothing to have your photo taken next to one of the pristine condition vintage cars.

When: Sunday 11 October, 11.00am to 3.00pm
Where: Lake House Arts Centre, Takapuna
Tickets: Free but a charge applies for antiques valuations and a small material charge for some of the 'have-a-go' art activities
Contact: Kim Boyd 09 486 4877 or email:

Michael King Writers' Centre Open Afternoon
Join the Friends of the Michael King Writers' Centre to look through New Zealand's first literary centre, set on the slopes of Mt Victoria in Devonport. The centre is located in the historic Signalman's House. Enjoy the views and the collections of literary memorabilia. Learn about the history of the heritage house and the signal station on the summit of Mt Victoria.

When: Sunday 4 October, 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Where: Michael King Writers' Centre, Signalman's House, Summit Road, Mt Victoria, Devonport
Parking at the entrance to the Summit Road, Kerr Street or the summit of Mt Victoria
Tickets: Free
Contact: Karren Beanland 09 445 8451 or email:

North Shore Heritage Trust Information Evening
The North Shore Heritage Trust invites you to join them for an informative evening to learn about the work of the Trust and the plans for the Northcote Tavern. Guest speakers are Dave Pearson, Conservation Architect and Bruce Hay, Northcote historian. Complimentary light refreshments will be served.

When: Tuesday 6 October 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Where: Northcote Tavern, 37 Queen Street, Northcote.
Tickets: Free
Contact: Susan Yoffe 09 445 1894 or email:

Northcote before the Bridge and Building the Bridge
Two heritage photographic exhibitions:
Northcote before the Bridge - images of Northcote Point as it was before the construction of the Auckland Harbour bridge in 1959 and Building the Bridge - images of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the clip-on lanes during their construction in the late 1950s and 60s respectively, featuring the photographs of Albert Chan and Northcote residents.

Photo supplied by the North Shore Libraries Photograph Archives.
'Hikurangi' off Northcote Point c1910 by William Price
Photo supplied by the North Shore Libraries Photograph Archives.
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When: Friday 2 to Monday 12 October
Where: Top Floor, Takapuna Library, The Strand, Takapuna
Tickets: Free
Contact: Kirsty Webb 09 486 8600 x 8726 or email:

Passchendaele: 'The Belgians Have Not Forgotten' Exhibition
Passchendaele: The Belgians Have Not Forgotten is a moving exhibition by the Passchendaele Memorial Museum, featuring images, movies, music, information and artefacts from a battle fought 92 years ago. The exhibition follows the journey of New Zealand soldiers from Gallipoli through Flanders to Passchendaele and highlights the memories which live on in Belgium today.

When: Sunday 4 October to Sunday 15 November, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Where: Fort Takapuna, 170 Vauxhall Road, Devonport
Tickets: Free
Contact: Iain Mackenzie 027 495 5226 or email:

Regrettably, there is no wheelchair access into Fort Takapuna itself and those with mobility issues may find access difficult.

Passchendaele Commemoration Ceremony
In the first two hours of 12 October 1917, 845 New Zealanders were killed at Passchendaele more than the combined total from the eruption of Mt Tarawera, the Hawke's Bay earthquake, Tangiwai rail disaster, sinking of the Wahine and Erebus. By the time troops were withdrawn from Flanders in February 1918, New Zealand had suffered 18,000 casualties, including 5,000 deaths more than double the number of New Zealanders killed at Gallipoli. Passchendaele had a devastating effect on the social fabric of what was then a very small nation. Join us for a commemorative ceremony to remember the great price paid by soldiers on the Western Front.

When: Monday 12 October, 7.00pm
Where: Fort Takapuna, 170 Vauxhall Road, Devonport
Tickets: Free
Contact: Iain Mackenzie 027 495 5226 or email:

Regrettably, there is no wheelchair access into Fort Takapuna itself and those with mobility issues may find access difficult.

Passchendaele March Past and Review
Join us to watch a powerful street parade to remember the New Zealand soldiers who fought bravely in the battles of the Western Front during WWI. Featuring bands from the RNZ Artillery and the Auckland and District Pipe Band. The march will make its way up Lake Road to the Strand.

When: Saturday 10 October, 11am to 12noon
Where: Lake Road and The Strand, Takapuna
Tickets: Free
Contact: Beverley Rogers 09 486 8400 x 8673

Rangitoto Bach Tour
A two hour tour of the bach community at Rangitoto, visit baches and learn about the kiwi holiday life of the 1930s to 50s. Visit the UNESCO Award winning Bach 38 museum and enjoy a traditional morning or afternoon tea of scones with cream and jam available for $4.00 per person. Please wear suitable footwear. Not suitable for very small children and strollers.

When: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October, 9.45am to 12.00noon or 12.45pm to 3.00pm
Wednesday 7 October, 9.45am to 12.00noon or 12.45pm to 3.00pm
Where: Tour commences from the Rangitoto Wharf, Rangitoto

Tickets: Free tour (gold coin donation appreciated) bookings essential and preferably by email or 09 445 1894, day, time, name, number of people and contact. Consider confirmed unless otherwise advised.
Contact Fullers for ferry timetable and fares (P: 09 367 9111 or Web:
Fares: Adult $18.75; Senior $16.90; Children $9.40 (return). Note: Reduced fares - quote 'North Shore City Heritage Festival'

Ferry leaves City 9.15am and 12.15pm
Ferry leaves Devonport 9.25am and 12.25pm
Ferry leaves Rangitoto 12.45pm and 4.00pm (Sat/Sun) 3.30pm (Wed)
Rain Date: The event will only be cancelled if Fullers ferries do not run. Contact Fullers 09 367 9111

Contact: Susan Yoffe 09 445 1894 or email:

Rangitoto Island by Ferry
Explore the unique Island of Rangitoto with Fullers. Rangitoto is Auckland's largest and newest volcano, and is an important icon in New Zealand history. Uncover the many Maori myths that surround this mysterious Island, visit the site of the WWII controlled mine base or explore points of geological interest; all as you walk along its many trails built by prisoners in the 1930s!

Take advantage of a 25 percent discount off the Rangitoto Island ferry fares during the North Shore City Heritage Festival.

When: Friday 2 to Monday 12 October
Where: Daily sailings leaving from Downtown Auckland and Devonport wharf.
Tickets: A 25 percent discount off the Rangitoto Island ferry fares during the North Shore City Heritage Festival. Be sure to ask for this special discount: quote 'North Shore City Heritage Festival Discount'
HF Fares: Adult $18.75; Senior $16.90; Children $9.40 (return)
Contact: Fullers 09 367 9111

Silver Screen Retrospectives - North Shore Heritage on Film
It is with pleasure that we are able to repeat one of the popular events from last year's North Shore City Heritage Festival. This boutique version of last year's Silver Screen Retrospective focuses on archival footage from the North Shore's past by combining a selection of short films that will bring back a world many people today have never seen and never will see. Complimentary glass of OJ or wine on arrival.

When: Saturday 3, Wednesday 7 and Friday 9 October, 6.30pm
Where: Lake House Arts Centre (Main Gallery), Takapuna
Tickets: $12.00 from the Lake House Arts Centre (bookings essential)
Contact: Kim Boyd 09 486 4877 or email:

Stafford Villa Victorian Afternoon Tea
Stafford Villa, one of the original Victorian Villas located in Birkenhead Point, invites you to a Traditional Victorian Afternoon Tea with a glass of French bubbles on arrival. Experience a time gone by, crisp white linen, fine china, antique silver, special teas, freshly roasted coffee, with sugar cubes, milk or lemon, dainty sandwiches, sweet treats and gourmet savouries. Take in the dining room, drawing room, conservatory or in the garden, enjoy the peaceful ambience whilst taking an hour or two out of your busy days.

When: Friday 9 and Sunday 11 October, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Where: Stafford Villa, 2 Awanui Street, Birkenhead Point
Tickets: $35.00 adult, $20.00 child (under 12 years) bookings essential
Contact: Christina Windran 09 418 3022 or email:

Vaughan Homestead Open Afternoon
The Vaughan Homestead, the original farmhouse with a small museum, was restored by the Torbay Historical Society in 1996. Come and experience this wonderful heritage building, see the reconstructed windmill, view the historic displays with DVD's on the history of the area and participate in children's historic games or relax on the beach. Devonshire teas will be available for purchase.

When: Sunday 11 October, 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Where: Vaughan Homestead, Long Bay Regional Park, Long Bay (northern end)

Tickets: Gold coin donation
Contact: Barbara Ellis 09 473 6482 or email:

Way Back Then, Before We Were Ten
New Zealand Writers and Childhood

Publisher David Ling, editor Graeme Lay and The Friends of the Takapuna Library invite you to the launch of Way Back Then Before We Were Ten.
Twenty six contributors, including North Shore writers, Christine Cole Catley, Kevin Ireland, Shonagh Koea, Graeme Lay and Frank Sargeson, have written of the significant events which occurred before they were ten. These captured memories recreate New Zealand society, as it was over the past hundred years. Several contributors will be present at the launch and a themed celebration is planned to capture the flavours and party fare of childhood birthdays from former times.

When: Thursday 8 October, 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Where: Takapuna Library, The Strand, Takapuna
Tickets: Free but pre-registration required by 5.30pm Wednesday 7 October
Contact: Helen Woodhouse 09 486 8469 or email:

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