Mid-winter as settlers knew it
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.