Belles from yesteryear welcomed all to a printmaking workshop

Settlers Day celebrations

by Paul Campbell

All roads led to The Kauri Museum last Saturday with free entry for families to the annual Settlers Day celebration of all things pioneering where the collection became ‘alive’.

“Settlers Day this year has, once again, celebrated our community and our living cultural heritage. Thank you to everyone who shared the day with us,” said general manager and curator, Dr Tracey Wedge.

Alongside the static museum displays was a small army of friends and volunteers dressing suitably for an early settlers background, as they shared the skills of yesteryear such as butter making, billy-tea brewing rope making, and any number of 19th century homemaking skills. “The Kauri Museum opens its doors,for everyone to not only to learn about our past, but to see how stories about our collections connect us to our present and help shape our future” said Dr Wedge.

Typical of reactions was that of the Miles family from Whangarei.

“A first time visit for us, but we are going to make several more trips to Matakohe. There was so much to see and do that we missed things like the gum room, and the boarding house.

It’s a wonderful museum and honestly, we didn’t realise it was just an hours drive away. We’ll be back for certain.”