Wow, I can’t believe it’s been two months since I last up dated this blog….sorry to those who visit it regularly.
What’s been happening?
At the beginning of December the museum Board of Trustee’s appointed a manager so we welcomed Gillian Thacker on to the staff.
We continued to have cruise ship visitors throughout the season but had a cancellation due to some very windy weather which was disappointing for everyone.
The summer season has seen visitors from all round the world as well as New Zealand flowing through the museum and we enjoy meeting many new faces (and some returning ones).
Somewhere in this time Christmas and the New Year slipped past bringing us to mid January and the scramble to get ready for Waitangi Day.
Waitangi Day, Februray 6th 2014
This is an exciting family day that has been happening in Okains Bay since 1977….39 years!!
Programme for 2014:
10am War canoes/ waka and Navy come up the river
11am Powhiri at the museum
12pm dedication of post and rail fence to
past Peninsula farmers
12.45 Hangi lunch ($10 lg, $5 small)
2pm Opening of cheese curing room
2.15pm Opening of Cocksfoot machinery building
2.30pm Children’s races, games and tug o war
5pm Museum closes
All throughout the day there are many other live displays such as stationary engines, sheep shearing, steam boiler, print shop to name a few.
Also for the children there will be a bouncy castle, miniature ponies, horse and gig rides and the old school will be open for children to experience what it was like to attend school in the 1800’s.
We also have a group of weavers attending to demonstrate some traditional weaving.
There will be a variety of other stalls in the main arena as well as other food to purchase.
Live music will also be playing in the bar area on the museum grounds.
It is always a beautiful day here on Waitangi Day and the beach is just down the road if you or the children need to cool off….you can leave and return throughout the day. Camping is always a good option to ensure you are here early so as not to miss out on any of the festivities.
Look forward to seeing you all here!!!