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Rotoroa Island: Stories from Our Past


Sun 28 Sep 2014, 10:30am–12:30pm

Where: Rotoroa Island, Rotoroa Island, Rotoroa Island, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: RotoroaIsland

Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf, was once New Zealand’s first treatment centre for alcohol and drug addiction. Opening in 1911 as an 'inebriates' prison' managed by the Salvation Army, the island was ground-breaking in its approach to treatment, successfully offering first compulsory, then voluntary, addiction treatment services for nearly 100 years.

As part of this year's Heritage Festival, Major Don Hutson, author of 'Set Free', a history of Rotoroa Island and the Salvation Army's addiction treatment services, will talk about his book and his connections with the island. The event will include a talk, tour and home-baked afternoon tea.

Note: the event is free of charge but ferry tickets incur a cost. See 360 Discovery Cruises for ferry bookings.

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