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Rangitikei Day – Sat 18th & Sun 19th May 2013

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Richie Aslett

For those with a Historical interest or those just wanting a great day out, get ready for this years 'Rangitikei Day' - when all 5 of the Museums in the Rangitikei will be open both Saturday and Sunday, plus a special talk in Turakina on the Sunday. This will be the 5th year the event has run, each year seeing increasing numbers visiting the districts museums. This year has an additional draw with the launch of the brand new 20 page “Rangitikei Heritage Brochure” put together by Rangitikei Heritage Group committee members , and produced in partnership with National Services Te Paerangi, Te Papa.

The Rangitikei Heritage Group is made up of representatives of all 5 of the Rangitkei Museums from Bulls, Marton, Hunterville, Mangaweka, and Taihape, plus associated members from Turakina, the Waiouru National Army Museum, and members of the Whanganui Regional Heritage Trust. The group have been meeting for around six years, and first produced a small brochure to commemorate the 100 years of the joining up of the main trunk railway line. Since then various activities, inter-museum visits, speeches, talks and training courses have been enjoyed by the group’s membership and guests alike.

Rangitikei Day was developed as the group to celebrate all that has happened from those early days of settlement, to being the (usually) lush and wonderful place that the Rangitikei is to live in today. The date is the weekend that falls the closest to the actual date when the Deed of Purchase was signed, and the first of the Rangitikei blocks were made available for purchase, back on the 18th of May 1849”.
Several months taking new photographs and gathering existing images, both by email and actual historic photos, scanning and resizing all these, and then sending off to the graphic designers has produced a stylish and very interesting brochure, highlighting many remarkable facts about personalities, places, and incidents that have happened in and around the Rangitikei.

The Mangaweka Museum will be doing Bily Tea’s over the camp fire, with fresh baked jam cakes, all for a gold coin donation, plus there will be displays and other activities going on to entertain the younger and older attendees. Bulls Museum will have a freshly revamped display on World War One focussing on the Horses that served there and in other combat, and quite aptly also have horseshoe throwing for fun. Marton and district Historical Society plan to mount a small photo-frame slide show of various photos of images of the historical development of Marton and surrounds. Hunterville Settlers Museum will have its usual displays housed in the former Courthouse, and Craigs Crib the old blacksmiths shop, plus Roppers Cottage displaying a full 1900’s dwelling. Taihape Museum and Rose Cottage plan to have a kids quiz, Horseshoe throwing for fun, and will be serving Marj’s famous Billy Teas. In Turakina, Roz Grant will be presenting an engaging and historical talk lasting approximately an hour on local History, Turakina being Rangitikei’s earliest European settlement. This will be held at 2pm on Sunday the 19th of May, at the Turakina Presbyterian Church. A cup of tea and a relaxed chat will follow, with a gold coin donation being appreciated from those attending.

Also all visitors to the museums over the weekend can be in to win a limited edition, full colour, A2 sized printed Canvas of the Rangitikei River and papa cliffs by simply visiting two (or more) of the districts Museums. All you have to do to enter is collect an entry form from any one of the Museums (with that Museums name printed on the banner) fill in a few details, and drop it in to the entry box at any other museum in the district.

Rangitikei Heritage would like to thank Rebecca Taylor and Rangitikei District Council for helping enormously with the early stages of preparation of the brochure grant application, and of course Te Papa for kindly approving the application and then providing the funding to produce the Brochure.