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Special update: Waikato District Heritage Day April 2024

Woodlands Estate
Woodlands Estate

Inaugural Waikato District Heritage Day:

Community volunteers and Waikato District Council staff combined efforts to celebrate an inaugural Waikato District Heritage Day across the Waikato district on Saturday 20 April.

It was a chance to see inside local museums and displays at district libraries, visit heritage sites, and celebrate the treasures and koorero of local communities around the district. It was also a great opportunity to see some places that are not always open.

Heritage sites featured in Tamahere-Woodlands and pictured above included Woodlands Estate, Gordonton, the Matangi Dairy Factory, St David’s & St George Orthodox Parish, Matangi, St Stephen's Tamahere historic cemetery, and the carved pou in Bruntwood Rd, Tamahere, commemorating ‘te maungārongo’, the covenant of peace, signed by Wiremu Tamihana and General Carey in 1865 to end the NZ land wars.

Initiated by the Waikato District Heritage Forum, which represents groups and individuals passionate about local history, the day was inspired by World Heritage Day, which is held on 18 April each year to celebrate heritage sites recognised by the United Nations.

The Council and the Forum hope it will be the first of more heritage days to come.

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Contact your Tamahere-Woodlands Councillors:

Crystal Beavis, mob 0275 957 927, email

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