As the anniversary of the battle of Gate Pa draws closer, (the big day is April 29th), preparations for the battle commemorations are coming together.
With a huge calendar of activities scheduled, this is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to learn about one of the city’s most defining events. Check out the website http://www.battleofgatepa.com for a full list of the events and activities that will be taking place.
Part of the commemorative campaign is an epic exhibition running in the Greerton Village Hall from April 29th through to June 2nd .The Battle of Gate Pa story will be told via two interactive visual pathways, each depicting the battle from the perspective of one of the two parties. Visitors will learn about the battle through the eyes of both a colonial soldier and a Maori warrior.
A memorial room off to the side of the exhibition, will list the names of the fallen, finishing with a short film featuring interviews with Tangata Whenua, relatives and members of the Battle of Gate Pa Trust, about how this story has affected them.
An absolutely must see, this Te Papa style exhibition is open to the public from the 29th of April through to June 2nd , 10.30am to 5pm daily. Children are free and Adults are asked for a gold coin donation, making this an excellent school holiday activity.