Writing’s on the wall
The 2008 Auckland Heritage Festival launched last night with historic Auckland images illuminating the walls of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
The museum collaborated with the Auckland City Council to launch the festival on the date recognised as the city’s founding day.
On September 18, 1840, Ngati Whatua chiefs signed a deed with William Hobson to transfer land for a township to be established.
Two years later the anniversary day was moved to late January where it is still celebrated 168 years on.
The festival, which runs until October 5, features more than 100 activities celebrating Auckland’s natural, built and social heritage.
Free activities range from historic walks and ferry tours to art exhibitions and music performances.
Events are listed on the council website, www. aucklandcity.govt.nz. For a festival brochure call 379-2020.