Writ­ing’s on the wall

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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