Puanga - Star of The New Year, Star of Abundance

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Whangarei Fritter Festival

Whangarei Museum will look to the past to inform our modern Matariki celebrations through the exhibition Puanga 2018, from 8th June to 14th October.

Puanga historically was a time for family and friends to gather together from their seasonal settlements to commemorate lost ones, pass on whakapapa (genealogy) and matauranga (knowledge), and to focus on the preservation and storage of plentiful foods to support the coming year.

A collection of carefully curated taonga (treasures) will be on display to reflect these core concepts and connect us with the people that have lived these traditions before us. Visitors will be encouraged to record their reflections on the year past inspired by the exhibition.

The Mim Ringer Gallery, Whangarei Museum at Kiwi North.

Dates & Times

  • Tue, September 25, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Wed, September 26, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Thu, September 27, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Fri, September 28, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Sat, September 29, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Sun, September 30, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Mon, October 01, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Tue, October 02, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Wed, October 03, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Thu, October 04, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Fri, October 05, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Sat, October 06, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Sun, October 07, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Mon, October 08, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Tue, October 09, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Wed, October 10, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Thu, October 11, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Fri, October 12, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Sat, October 13, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Sun, October 14, 2018 (10:00am to 4:00pm)

More information

LocationKiwi North Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park, 500 State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei
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Cost $20.00 Adult
$15.00 Adult student
$15.00 Senior Citizen
$5.00 Child at school
$45.00 Family pass - 2 adults, 3 paying children or 1 adult & 4 paying children
RestrictionsAll Ages

Venue details

Address500 State Highway 14, Maunu
Phone(09) 438 9630
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About this Venue

Visit the nocturnal Kiwi House and see the resident kiwi foraging for food as they would in the wild. Learn about Kiwi conservation or see if you can spot one of our native geckos.

The Museum is home to nationally significant taonga (Maori treasure), early settler displays and changing exhibitions. The Clarke Homestead “Glorat” built in 1886 and lived in by the Clarke family until the 1980s is a museum in itself, displaying the family’s treasures through the generations.

Other heritage buildings on site include the first Women’s Jail, Jane Mander’s Study, Oruaiti Chapel (made from a single Kauri log and believed to be New Zealand’s smallest church) and Riponui Pah School House.

Set aside several hours, bring a picnic and take in the grounds of Heritage Park.

Home to regular “Live Days” where you will see the Park come to life! – The Heritage Park Clubs open their doors to the public revealing displays of vintage farm machinery, stationary engines, and vintage cars. Novelty rides include miniature and full-sized trains, bullocks, miniature ponies and vintage tractors. Food stalls, face painting and an eclectic mix of family fun activities provide that festive flavour.

Park over property for NZ Motor Caravan Association members.

Bush walks and waterfall.

You will find Gate 1, Kiwi North only 6.2 ks from the Hub, Town Basin, Whangarei.