Her­itage month gets hands on

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BECCA MOORE

Her­itage month in South­land is set to be more hands on, fol­low­ing feed­back from pre­vi­ous years.

Co-or­di­na­tor Re­becca Amuns­den said March was once again be­ing recog­nised as Her­itage Month, but this year more work­shops and events would be hosted.

While the event had been suc­cess­ful for sev­eral years, num­bers in at­ten­dance were drop­ping.

‘‘We had three con­fer­ences and they went from 100, to 80, to 60 peo­ple.’’

There was a big drive for more work­shops, so this year she hoped num­bers would be boosted.

There were some ‘‘old favourites’’ be­ing brought back and some new events for peo­ple of all ages to en­joy, she said.

‘‘They will be full on work­shops, there’s lots and lots to learn.

‘‘We have things for all ages, things that in­volve all age groups.’’

Her­itage Month will open on March 3 at South­land Mu­seum and Art Gallery.

There will be a list of speak­ers in­clud­ing New Zealand Pouhere Taonga chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Cole­man, and Jim Ged­des, Karyn Owen and Dean Whaanga.

Her­itage build­ings, genealogy, sto­ry­telling and col­lec­tions will be the top­ics through­out the month.

There had been a big in­ter­est in genealogy in pre­vi­ous years and this year her­itage build­ings were top­i­cal with the pro­posed plan for In­ver­cargill’s in­ner city, Amuns­den said.

‘‘We want to make the most of it, peo­ple want to know about the past.

‘‘We want to know who we are and where we come from.’’

Host­ing a week for peo­ple to learn about the his­tory of them­selves and their place was im­por­tant, she said.

‘‘South­land has a unique his­tory com­pared to some other parts of New Zealand.

‘‘We’ve got that Scot­tish in­flu­ence.

‘‘We’ll learn how to make the most of our as­sets and what we have for our ad­van­tage.’’

An event this year which Amuns­den thought would be pop­u­lar was the Pop Up Mu­seum on March 17 to 24, 10am to 2pm, on Esk St.

It is the 125th an­niver­sary of Women’s Suf­frage in New Zealand - since women won the right to vote.

The mu­seum was in theme with the an­niver­sary and would show­case sto­ries from South­land’s pi­o­neer­ing women. Cen­tral South­land is buzzing with the news that the newly ap­pointed Catholic Bishop of Otago and South­land is a lo­cal, con­tin­u­ing strong com­mu­nity links with the role.

Fr Michael Doo­ley, who has just been ap­pointed by Pope Fran­cis as the new Bishop of Dunedin dio­cese, lived at Hed­don Bush, near Win­ton.

He was ed­u­cated at the lo­cal pri­mary school, be­fore at­tend­ing Cen­tral South­land Col­lege.

The an­nounce­ment was greeted with en­thu­si­asm, with Fa­ther Hamesh Wy­att, of Win­ton, say­ing it was won­der­ful for the com­mu­nity.

‘‘I’m sure Win­ton and the St Thomas Aquinas Par­ish will have a very spe­cial place in his heart.’’

Bishop-elect Doo­ley will be the sev­enth Bishop of Dunedin and suc­ceeds Bishop Colin Camp­bell, who has served for al­most 14 years. Con­tin­u­ing the link, Bishop Camp­bell was born at Otau­tau and ed­u­cated in In­ver­cargill, while another lo­cal, the late Len Boyle, was born in Night­caps and was the 5th Bishop of Dunedin from 1983 to 2005.

Bishop-elect Doo­ley said he was thank­ful for the sup­port he had re­ceived.


Her­itage month co-or­di­na­tor Re­becca Amuns­den with fly­ers for the events.

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