Celebrating Southland Heritage Month


Gore’s Arts and Heritage team will host Mondays at Maruawai during Southland Heritage Month.

Convener Stephanie Herring said the events would provide a variety of workshops, formal talks and a bit of fun for the public.

“These events will pull together our community’s experts and it’s a nice way to showcase what our community already knows.”

She was excited for it all and hoped the community would get behind it, she said.

All meetings will be open to the public and will be held at the Maruawai Centre at 7pm.

Costume packaging was demonstrated at the first workshop on Monday.

Conservator experts Laurence Le Ber and Rosemary Jackson-Hunter taught the public how to pack away costumes displayed in the Genge Gallery.

“A lot of people do not realise the work that goes into preserving textiles,so this workshop will teach the public how to keep their old garments in good condition.”

Other activities this month would include discussions about the arts and heritage precinct development.

“Jim Geddes will share his vision and the next steps,”

“So this would be a great event for people who would like to see the future developments.”

Another night would address history resources for schools and help support them with education curriculums.

“We are absolutely thrilled that New Zealand history will be compulsory in schools, so we really want to support our local schools and bring awareness of the rich stories within our community.”

In the fourth week of March, there would be a screening of The Last Tour.

In the film, former Mataura local Mick Hesselin tells the stories and significance of Invercargill’s former CBD buildings.

To conclude the month, A Taste of Maruawai would allow the public to experience a culinary journey and a chance to hear the stories behind the food.

Heritage South also had other events throughout the district for people to attend, she said.

“There is so many cool things happening all over Southland that I would advise people to take a look at.”

All Mondays at Maruawai events will continue under Level 2 restrictions with the exception of the Taste of Maruawai night, which will be postponed to a further date.