Waitomo News : 2 September 2014
6 WAITOMO NEWS Tuesday, September 2, 2014 GUIDING S INCE1889WAITOMOGLO WW ORMCAVES LIMESTONE, PEOPLE & TIME Our community celebrating 125 years of guiding in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves FOR THE FULL PROGRAMME VISIT WWW.WAITOMO.COM SATURDAY 6 SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 6 SEPTEMBER The Ohinetemaire Service Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, 7.15am A blessing service and unveiling of a commemorative plaque to acknowledge the owners who opened the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to visitors in 1889. Legacy Exhibition Opening Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, 9.00am The Legacy Exhibition brings together artists who have a connection to Waitomo through whakapapa, marriage, from settling in the area or having a passion for the place. Exhibition ongoing. The Waitomo Cultural Trail Rugby Pavilion at the Waitomo Domain, 11.00am The Waitomo Cultural Trail is a lovely introduction to the unique history of Ngati Uekaha and Ngati Ruapuha. Then & Now Exhibition Opening Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre, 2.30pm The opening of a special museum exhibit around the theme “Then & Now” captures developments over the last 125 years through a pictorial time-line. Exhibition ongoing. Passages of Time Exhibition Opening Waitomo General Store, 3.15pm An eclectic collection of photographs traversing a hundred years of settlement in Waitomo. The exhibition is a pictorial record of the different eras of Waitomo’s history and focuses on people, places, buildings and transport. Exhibition ongoing. Remembrance Exhibition Opening The Red Shed, 10.00am – 3.00pm daily The Remembrance Exhibition focuses on the ancestors of the Maori and Pakeha families who continue to live in Waitomo after a hundred years or more of their ancestors arriving in the area. Reunion of Waitomo Glowworm Caves Staff Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, 5.30pm Past and present staff of Waitomo Glowworm Caves are invited to attend a reunion gathering to celebrate 125 years of guiding at the Caves. Please register for this event. Entry: $20 per person. Bookings: 07 878 8227. 7 SEPTEMBER Hill Tops Walk Departs from Spellbound, 9.00am Join Peter Chandler on a Sunday walk. Spectacular views of the village, Waitomo Valley and Te Kuiti are guaranteed on this walk so bring your camera to capture the stunning scenery. Bookings essential. Walk with Pictures Departs Waitomo General Store, 12.30pm A nice way to meet new people and share ideas and thoughts as you walk to the four exhibitions being presented in Waitomo. Waitomo Gathering Woodlyn Park, 3.00pm There will be a kids programme, hip hop dancing, live entertainment and kai. Dinner will be served at 5.30pm. Kai tickets: $10 Adults, Kids under 12 $7, Under 5’s free. 8 SEPTEMBER An Evening of Storytelling Waitomo General Store, 5.30pm An evening of storytelling with local identities. Over dinner they will share their heritage stories and funny memories of growing up in Waitomo. Cost: $25 per person (two course meal). Bookings essential, contact the Waitomo i-SITE. 9 SEPTEMBER Waitomo Caves School Recorded History Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre, 10.30am – 2 .30pm What do our young people have to say about life in Waitomo? With the intention of creating a video ‘time capsule’, school pupils will interview each other about the now or the future. Waitomo 2039 Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre, 6.30pm Hinurewa Te Hau will lead a talk and discussion on Waitomo 25 years from now. Bookings essential. 10 SEPTEMBER Taonga Waitomo Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre, 10.00am An inaugural public meeting about commissioning art projects in Waitomo Caves village and what kind of possibilities that could create for people and business. Bookings essential. Rangatahi Space Red Shed, 4.00pm – 8.00pm Waitomo rangatahi (12 plus years) are invited to the studio of local carvers and ta moko tattooists Mitchell Hughes and Daniel Ormsby. Mitch and Dan will talk to rangatahi about discovering their own creative talents. Pub Party 1 Curlys Bar, 6.00pm For 125 years visitors have flocked to Waitomo and now it’s time to acknowledge their help in making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves a success. Let’s celebrate our international guests, Curly-style! On Wednesday night, we play games of the world in a round-robin competition. On Friday night, music of the world will dominate the scene. Bring your favourite nation’s flag, or dress up in their national attire on either night. There will be prizes for best dressed, and of course, enjoy the world-famous hospitality of the crew at Curlys Bar. 11 SEPTEMBER Screening of Waitomo Movies Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre, 5.00pm Waitomo has fascinated locals, visitors and movie makers for decades. Come along and see some of our archived movie footage that includes local families, tourism and caving. Your Stories Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre, 7.15pm Martha Ash facilitates this free flowing fun evening extracting history, anecdotes and stories from four of our local adults. 12 SEPTEMBER Kids Movies Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre, 3.00pm School is over for the week so come and relax in front of the big screen for a couple of hours. Lanterns & Stargazing Waitomo Domain, 6.00pm Bring along your children and a lantern and form a circle of light at the Waitomo Domain. Guitarists, singers, flutists and drummers welcome. Dress warmly. Pub Party 2 Curlys Bar, 6.00pm Refer to Pub Party 1 for details 13 SEPTEMBER Ngapikowai Event Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, 10.00am Celebrations throughout the week culminate with the Ngapikowai Event which will take place at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre. During the morning there will be weaving and carving demonstrations and entertainment. At 3pm a Mihi Whakatau will begin and acknowledge the 125th anniversary of guiding at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. There will be a concert programme involving the children from Waitomo Caves School, Te Wharekura o Maniapoto Kapa Haka roopu and members of Waitomo Caves Choir. Jo Harawira will entertain people with his extraordinary storytelling and the talented Whaanga Brothers will complete the programme with an uplifting segment of singing. Light refreshments will follow. Glowworm Ball Waitomo Caves Hotel, 7.00pm Enjoy a night of fun and excitement at the Glowworm Ball. Good music, good food, good company and lots of dancing are on the cards for this special event. So come along and experience the charm of the Waitomo Caves Hotel. Smart evening wear required. $75 per person - includes canapés on arrival, a three course meal and live entertainment - limited spaces. 14 SEPTEMBER Screening of Nga Ingoa o Nga Waahi i Waitomo Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre, 9.30am This will be the first screening of Josephine Anderson’s ‘doco’ about sites of significance to Ngati Uekaha and Ngati Ruapuha. This is a wonderful account of local Maori history. Bookings essential. Karakia Whakamutunga Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, 11.00am Minister Barney Winikerei will close the Limestone, People & Time Event and set the scene for celebrations 25 years from now in 2039. Following the closing ceremony guests are invited to come to Tokikapu Marae for refreshments.
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