Mid-win­ter as set­tlers knew it

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Mid-win­ter fes­ti­val is the theme for the next How­ick His­tor­i­cal Vil­lage live day on Sun­day.

It is an op­por­tu­nity for all New Zealan­ders to re­flect on the brave and ad­ven­tur­ous choices that were made by the peo­ple who chose to em­i­grate to the coun­try.

“Some came here around 900 years ago, some 150 years ago, and some only a few years ago,” vil­lage event man­ager Ros Cur­rie says.

“They all faced sim­i­lar de­ci­sions and diffi and strove to make a bet­ter life for their chil­dren,” Ms Cur­rie says.

In the 1850s, the era de­picted in the How­ick His­tor­i­cal Vil­lage, the Fen­ci­ble set­tlers were faced with the chal­lenge of mov­ing on from their sol­dier­ing days and be­com­ing self-suf­fi­cient in pro­vid­ing their own food. It was a huge ad­van­tage to be able to save up the sum of £5, which was the amount needed to pur­chase a cow.

This was in the days when but­ter cost 2/6 a pound or the equiv­a­lent of one day’s wages.

The vil­lage has in­vited groups from the Chi­nese and In­dian com­mu­ni­ties to at­tend the Live Day and share their mu­sic and dance with vis­i­tors at in­ter­vals through­out the day.

The Mor­ris Dancers will be per­form­ing and the 65th Reg­i­ment will show how they pre­pared to de­fend the fledg­ling set­tle­ment in How­ick.

Live Day runs from from 10am to 4pm on Sun­day, June 15.

Nor­mal ad­mis­sion charges ap­ply.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the web­site: www. fen­ci­ble.org.nz.


Mid-win­ter life: Vil­liagers Ros Cur­rie and Trevor McFar­lane.

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