Heritage on the agenda

What are the places, plants, landscapes, buildings, memories, history, traditions and more that folk living in the bucolic greeness north of Hamilton hold dear?

Picture perfect at Woodlands Historic HomesteadThe Waikato District Council wants to hear from people keen to identify and preserve the district’s rich and varied heritage.

It is holding a series of workshops to gather views with one scheduled for  Tuesday, June 17, 6.30pm, in committee rooms 1 & 2, council office, 15 Galileo St, Ngaruawahia. This takes in Taupiri, Gordonton, Hukanui, Ngaruawahia and surrounding areas.

The meeting will discuss the heritage of more than this area, being a chance to also canvas the historic legacy of Tamahere, Matangi, Raglan, Newstead and Eureka among others.

The aim of the meetings is to establish a framework that supports the district’s heritage and identifies destinations that people will want to know about, visit and enjoy.

There are many forms of heritage, including built heritage – the legacy of man-made buildings, structures and objects and associated intangible attributes, and natural heritage – places and objects in the rural and natural environment, including flora and fauna.

There is also cultural heritage – tangible things such as artifacts, buildings, gardens, landscapes, historic places, relics of the past, and all material remains big and small along with the more intangible – folklore, language, music, dance, manners, memories, customs, traditions, histories, and notions of identity.

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