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Rangitikei Heritage Weekend 2018


Sat 19 May 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 20 May 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Mangaweka Gallery, 6360 State Highway One, Mangaweka, Rangitikei

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Kids (U 14) Free. Adults $2: $2.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Richie Aslett

All Museums in the District.

Free for kids (under 14yrs). Adults $2 Donation at each Museum.

For those with a Historical interest or those just wanting a great day or two out, come along to this years 'Rangitikei Heritage Weekend' - when all 5 of the Museums in the Rangitikei will be open both Saturday and Sunday. This will be the 10th year the event has run, each year seeing increasing numbers visiting the districts museums.

Rangitikei Heritage Weekend was developed by the group to celebrate all that has happened from those early days of settlement, to being the 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”.

This year’s theme is ‘Characters of the Past’ with stories being told at each Museum of famous and infamous characters that have left their historical mark on the Rangitikei. Other activities you may find the Mangaweka Museum plans to do Bily Tea’s over the camp fire, with jam cakes, all for a gold coin donation, plus there will be it’s usual and special displays to entertain the younger and older attendees.

Bulls Museum will be doing a feature on Dr Watson, who among other things was well known for his generosity of giving sweets away to children, so Bulls plan to follow the tradition for those doing the rounds!.

Marton will be showing story display boards of various accounts and photos of Marton Characters from the past. This will include the Hon Norman Shelton M.P. and Miss L E Cook, O.B.E, the founder of Marton Plunket Society Hunterville Settlers Museum will have its usual displays housed in the former Courthouse, and Craigs Crib the old blacksmiths shop, plus Ropers Cottage displaying a full 1900’s dwelling.

Taihape Museum and Rose Cottage are intending to do snippets of several local people, yet concentrating on Morton Coutts and Dame Cecily Pickerill for a display. So plenty to see and do over the two days!

Also any 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.

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 eleven years, and initially produced a small brochure to commemorate the 100 years of the joining up of the main trunk railway line.

Since then they have produced a glossy DL brochure featuring historical stories from the districts Museums, and also the highly acclaimed WW1 DVD ‘Rangitikei Remembers’. Also various activities, inter-museum visits, speeches, talks and training courses have been enjoyed by the group’s membership and guests alike. All the Museums are always on the look-out for keen volunteers, so if interested, just make yourself known!

Finally; The Rangitikei Heritage Group would like to thank the Rangitikei District Council for helping with administration and the preparation of grant applications for the brochure and DVD, and of course Te Papa for kindly approving the application and then providing funding to help produce precvious projects.