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Landmarks Whenua Tohunga

The stories of Aoteraroa New Zealand weave together places and events, creating a rich tapestry. Rising up from our past, they tell us about ourselves, and help visitors to our country understand who we are.

Landmarks Whenua Tohunga is an exciting new initiative is a partnership between Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai, and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga which showcases New Zealand’s historically and culturally important places. Until now, there hasn’t been a unified approach to promoting them and encouraging people to visit them. We’re encouraging New Zealanders and tourists to discover and experience the fascinating stories of our country.

Northland is home to many of these stories, which is why we’ve chosen it for the Landmarks Whenua Tohunga pilot over the summer of 2016/17. If successful, Landmarks Whenua Tohunga will be rolled out nationally.

In August 2017, it was announced that the Landmarks Whenua Tohunga programme is planning to extend into the Otago region in late 2017, in partnership with papatipu runanka and local communities.

Karen Adair, Ministry Policy Group Manager and Heritage NZ's CE Andrew Coleman unveiling a plaque. Image courtesy of Heritage NZ.

The Landmarks pilot has been developed together with our Northland partners, Te Tai Tokerau iwi and hapū, and the tourism sector. All of us can discover, experience and enjoy the fascinating stories of Northland’s Landmarks Whenua Tohunga. The earliest encounters between Māori and Pākehā happened at places like the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Kororipo Heritage Park and Rangihoua Heritage Park. From the tension and triumphs sparked by two cultures coming together, today’s New Zealand was born.

Andrew Coleman speaking alongside one of the new Landmarks Whenua Tohunga signs at Te Waimate Mission. Image courtesy of Heritage New Zealand.

When we experience these places, we gain a deeper understanding of who we were, who we are, and who we will be in the future. Explore as many of Northland’s Landmarks Whenua Tohunga as you can to find the connections between the stories, land and people of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Click here to download the Landmarks Whenua Tohunga brochure.

Click here to download the Landmarks Whenua Tohunga flyer.


Updated on 18th August 2017