Cel­e­brat­ing her­itage

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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.

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Tairua her­itage play­ers Pam Ferla and Ali­son Smith.

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