A Tairua Heritage Fete will celebrate New Zealand heritage on Saturday January 26 and fete-goers are being asked to wear fancy dress that shows any aspect of our history — including the 20th Century.
The fete will feature a tug of war, dog show, stalls, Devonshire cream teas and a parade of those dressed up, with prizes for children up to eight, children aged nine to 16 and adults.
An adults’ and children’s photography competition and children’s picture on the theme of heritage is also being promoted prior to the event, with entries to be submitted to the Tairua Information Centre by Friday January 25.
Auriol Farquhar from the Tairua Heritage Group says the event is about celebrating the strength of the community, and the historical aspects of the town.
In November, Auriol directed her play A Night of Golden Memories, which was loosely based on the residents of Tairua in the gold boom period of the late 1800s. She developed characters and scenes from stories featured in the book Tairua by Francis Bennet.
A musical hall style production, these stories were brought to life by local amateur actors of all ages and was held at the Tairua Community Hall for three nights.
Most of the costumes were fashioned from clothes donated to the St Francis Church Tairua Op Shop, or sewn by one of the cast, seamstress Jean Clarke from Tairua.
Tairua heritage players Pam Ferla and Alison Smith.