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.

Launched in Northland in 2016, Tohu Whenua is a visitor programme that promotes significant historical and cultural sites, connecting New Zealanders with their unique heritage while enhancing national identity. In Te Tai Tokerau, Tohu Whenua sites include Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Kororipo Heritage Park, Rangihoua Heritage Park, Rākaumangamanga - Cape Brett and many others.

David is keen to encourage Kiwis to explore and experience their heritage in Northland.

“We know from recent surveys that people enjoy visiting our heritage sites because they learn something new or see something extraordinary, or just have a fun family day,” he says.

“Tohu Whenua can give local people and visitors to Northland an appetite to experience and understand more of our unique stories. We want to see people gain a deeper and broader understanding of our history, and to give visitors reason to stay longer and enjoy a richer experience of Northland’s culture and heritage.”

A former Green Party List MP based in Northland, David has long been an advocate for the region and its historical importance in the development of modern New Zealand.

“I have always enjoyed talking about the remarkable people, events and places around the North that have played such an important role in creating who we are as a region and as a country. Having these conversations as part of my day job is just a bonus!” he says.

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