Digging the dirt on our history in Kaikohe

Published: Wed 8 May 2013 11:43 AM
Digging the dirt on our history in Kaikohe
People in the Kaikohe area will have a golden opportunity to dig a little deeper into the archaeological history of their district on May 14th.
The NZ Historic Places Trust’s Northland Regional Archaeologist, Brooke Jamieson, will give a public talk entitled An Introduction to NZ Archaeology with the NZHPT at the Kaikohe Memorial Hall (6pm, May 14).
“We also want to encourage people to come along and share information about the history of the wider Kaikohe area, and in particular places where they think archaeological features may exist,” says Brooke.
“There’s a huge amount of local heritage knowledge out there in the community, and we’re very keen to tap into that. We’ll also be running some displays, and a fun quiz for people to test their archaeological wits, followed by supper. It’s going to be fascinating and fun.”
Brooke worked in Ireland as a contract archaeologist for eight years on a number of archaeological excavations in different parts of the country throughout that time. In 2009, she and her husband Wes – also an archaeologist – moved back to New Zealand.
The couple moved to Northland in September last year, where Brooke has been working as the NZHPT’s Northland Archaeologist.
“The archaeology of Kaikohe is really interesting. Here you’ve got a fascinating archaeological landscape particularly important in terms of Maori agriculture – including Pouerua, one of the most significant agricultural landscapes in New Zealand,” she says.
“I’m looking forward to sharing some of that knowledge with people from around the area – and also learning more about Kaikohe’s wider archaeological and historical landscape from others.”
An Introduction to NZ Archaeology with the NZHPT takes place at the Kaikohe Memorial Hall at 6pm on May 14. Bookings recommended – contact or phone 09-407-0470. Admission free – all welcome.

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