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Learn how our Tohu Whenua continue to make history.

Celebrating Totara Estate this National Lamb Day

The announcement of National Lamb Day is a thrill for the team at Totara Estate; the home of Aotearoa New Zealand's first international shipment of sheep and frozen meat and one of our Tohu Whenua sites in the Otago region.

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Clendon living heritage story

Northland’s Tohu Whenua programme is about to enter an exciting new phase with the appointment of Kerikeri resident David Clendon as its new Regional Coordinator in Te Tai Tokerau.

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Survey shows Kiwis are excited by heritage

A recent survey commissioned by DOC and Tohu Whenua shows Kiwis want more opportunities to learn about Aotearoa New Zealand’s heritage.

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140-year-old stonewalls repaired at Denniston Mine

The Department of Conservation has successfully completed the complex job of fixing a collapsed section of 140-year-old stone retaining walls at Denniston Mine.

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Māori youth examine their relationship to the environment through art

Creative leadership in the environmental space will be ignited by the next generation of Māori artists as they showcase their work in the biannual Tai o Hī Tai o Hā exhibition, set to open to the public on May 28.

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Vote #1 for Hansen Lemon Tree - Rākau o te tau / Tree of the year Aotearoa

Inspired by the ‘European tree of the year’, organisers of Rākau o Te Tau / Tree of the Year Aotearoa want Kiwis to nominate and vote for the greatest, most fascinating trees in the country!

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Matariki Arrowtown Lights returns for second year

Kā-Muriwai Arrowtown will once again shine as it hosts Matariki celebrations for the second year running.

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Clendon whānau receive special acknowledgement

Special acknowledgement for a whānau that played a key role in carefully preserving valuable documents spanning almost 150 years of Aotearoa New Zealand history.

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Clendon papers added to UNESCO register

A unique collection of family papers spanning almost 150 years, and covering watershed moments in the formation of modern New Zealand, has been added to the UNESCO Aotearoa New Zealand Memory of the World register.

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Is this place worth the visit?

Have you visited a Tohu Whenua recently? Have your say and be in to win $250!

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Tohu Whenua launches first mana whenua site

Tohu Whenua has marked a significant milestone today with the launch of its first landscape story-based site, Te Kopikopiko o te Waka near Te Weheka/Fox Glacier.

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Matariki 2022 - Tohu Whenua events near you

Tohu Whenua landmarks across the country are celebrating Matariki 2022 - and you're invited!

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds supporting teachers with new histories curriculum

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Hayes Homestead Centenary

Hayes Homestead celebrates 100 years of Kiwi engineering and ingenuity, including what must have been one of the first whole-home audio systems in New Zealand.

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Totara Estate stonework repairs underway

“A craftsman who worked on the great cathedrals in Europe could walk onto a job now and the tools would be virtually the same,” says Totara Estate stonemason, Allan Ward.

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3D snapshot of Kerikeri's Stone Store

A Kerikeri engineering firm has used state of the art 3D laser scanning technology to create a high-precision model of New Zealand’s oldest stone building – and the results are amazing.

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Matariki the star attraction at Kerikeri Mission Station

Kerikeri Mission Station is celebrating Matariki with events for an entire month! (19 June - 11 July)

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125 years ago today: NZ’s deadliest industrial disaster

Today marks the 125th anniversary of our country's most deadly industrial disaster, the explosion at Brunner Mine that killed 65 men and boys.

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Waiuta joins Tohu Whenua today

Historic West Coast goldtown “Waiuta” will join Tohu Whenua today, recognising it as one of New Zealand’s most treasured heritage places.

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The Secret Lives of Stencils exhibition now open at Totara Estate (Oamaru)

If you’ve ever visited an old woolshed on a farm, chances are you spotted an old stencil or two hanging up on the walls.

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Is your photo the star of Tohu Whenua’s summer marketing campaign?

Have you ever dreamed of having your photo printed in a magazine? We're looking for a great photo to use on our summer campaign, to encourage people to visit our special New Zealand heritage places.

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Love your Tohu Whenua!

Love your Tohu Whenua! Show the kaitiaki/guardians of your most treasured Kiwi heritage places some love and be in to win! Our country is brimming with Tohu Whenua - unique Kiwi heritage places where you can experience New Zealand’s most important stories. It’s now time that we show the dedicated people who look after our treasured places a little love!

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Hokitika joins Tohu Whenua

Hokitika Port, Commercial and Government Centre will join Tohu Whenua today, recognising it as one of New Zealand’s most treasured heritage places.

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140 years of Totara Estate

Today marks the 140th anniversary of the first shipment of frozen meat from Port Chalmers to London in 1882.

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Tohu Whenua open on Waitangi Day

On Waitangi Day, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga will be opening the doors to its staffed properties free of charge.

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Tohu Whenua launches on the West Coast

Tohu Whenua, the national programme showcasing this country’s significant heritage places, is being launched on the West Coast.

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Name change better reflects programme meaning

Tohu Whenua is the new name for a successful programme identifying and celebrating the significant historic and cultural places of Aotearoa.

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