Week chance to learn about city’s heritage
An opportunity to learn about Rotorua history — our land and our people who explored and put down roots, building a village, a community, a township and now a city — arose this week with He Kete Rau Mahara, Local Heritage Week. The week marks the anniversary of the signing of The Fenton Agreement. The agreement was signed by Te Arawa iwi representatives and Crown representative Chief Judge Francis Dart Fenton on November 25, 1880. Being at Covid alert level 2 means the Rotorua Library’s annual Local Heritage Week He Kete Rau Mahara has been produced as a series of online presentations on its Facebook page and Youtube channel. Some highlights of the programme this week have included Waiata Mai with Clark Pirika, local stories told by the youth and early learning team, He Puna Rangahau: Waitangi Tribunal Files with Ben Manley, Daughters of the Land | Nga Uri Wahine a Hineahuone with Ann Somerville, and Stories behind the names: From Tutanekai St. to Fenton St with Ben Manley. Today at 12.30pm there is an interview — Living Book: Revd. Tom Poata, Vicar of St. Faiths Church, Ohinemutu. Find more information and links to each presentation at www. rotorualibrary.govt.nz/ heritage-research.