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Te Manawa and Globe Theatre, Main Street, Palmerston North

Te Manawa and Globe Theatre, Main Street, Palmerston North

Te Manawa is the art science and history centre for Palmerston North. The Globe Theatre is the home of the Manawatu Theatre Society. It has two theatres, both of which are available for hire. Both complexes are owned by the Palmerston North City Council. They are situated on the corner of Pitt Street.

 
Electric Power House, Keith Street

Electric Power House, Keith Street

Situated at Terrace End the Power House commenced supplying power to Palmerston North and to the Manawatu-Oroua Electric Power Board in May 1924. The power station operated as the main supply throughout the 1920s and at times in the 1930s, and continued to be used to cut peak demand until the 1990s. It is now home to the Electric Power Station Trust.

 
Awapuni Library Book Club Poem

Awapuni Library Book Club Poem

This delightful poem was written by Tom Robertson after the first ever Awapuni Library Book Club meeting. The Book Club was the brain child of Awapuni Library volunteer Jenni Rockliffe with the first meeting held on the 28th of August 2019. Open to the public the group meet once a month at Awapuni Library to discuss the set themed books they have read.

 
Haere Mai! To His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales 1

Haere Mai! To His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

This welcoming statement reads, "Haere Mai! To His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Descendant of Our Beloved Queen Victoria, Representative of King George, Future King of the Maoris." This item is not held by the Ian Matheson City Archives.

 
Nga Huruhuru Rangatira public sculpture

Nga Huruhuru Rangatira public sculpture

Nga Huruhuru Rangatira, "the feathers of the chief", forms a 6.4-metre high archway framing a view of the long-standing statue of Te Peeti Te Awe Awe. It stands on the corner of The Square and Church Street, and is illuminated at night. The stylised giant huia feathers are the creation of Massey University Professor of Maori Visual Arts Robert Jahnke. Crafted from 3000 kilograms of ground stainless steel, it features three feathers on one side, and two on the other, representing a coming together of Maori cultural references and Western knowledge. Cutaway sections on the columns are in the shape of huia. The work is the ninth $100,000 sculpture the trust and the Council have paid for.

 
George Rerekura in Maori Warden's Uniform Hat

George Rerekura in Maori Warden's Uniform Hat

This image was taken as part a feature that ran in the Manawatu Evening Standard on January 17 1987 about the work of Maori Wardens in Marton. According to the story that accompanied the photographs, Maori Wardens were instituted in 1937 and by 1987 there were 2300 working voluntarily throughout in New Zealand under the jurisdiction of the Maori Wardens' Association. Before receiving their badges and warrants, trainee wardens underwent an 18 month probationary period, taking training from senior wardens and the district wardens' associations.

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January 1987
 
Eartha Kitt Welcomed to Palmerston North

Eartha Kitt Welcomed to Palmerston North

This image was taken for a story that ran in the Manawatu Evening Standard on 30 September 1970. Eartha Kitt, a celebrated singer of the time, was famous for her kittenish voice. She appeared in the Opera House for two shows at 6pm and 8pm, Oct 1 1970. The show, presented by Harry M Miller featured a 20-piece showband and entertainment by magician Ken Littlewood, comedian Ray McGeary and musical acrobat Stan Penrose/ Reviews describe Kitt as singing "reclining on a green upholstered chaise-lounge or writhing close to it". Prices for the show were quite expensive for the time, 15/-, 20/-, 25/- and 30/-.

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September 1970
 
Page 1: Rangiātea Maori Church, Otaki

Rangiātea Maori Church, Otaki

Rangiātea Church in Otaki, New Zealand was the oldest Māori Anglican church in New Zealand. In 1848, Te Rauparaha who had just returned to Otaki from Australia, issued the challenge of building the church to the chief of Te Wehiwehi, who accepted. It was built under the direction of Te Rauparaha and English missionary Octavius Hadfield. During the original construction large tōtara logs had to be floated down rivers at nearby Ohau and Waikawa. The logs became the ridge pole and the central pillars of the church. The rafters, pillars and slabs were also made from tōtara. The design of the church is unique in that it incorporates ideas from both English and Māori church design. Completed in 1851, the building was burnt down by an arsonist in 1995, and by 2003 the church had been completely rebuilt. Also see 2014P_IMCA-DigitalMaster_008506 and 2014P_IMCA-DigitalMaster_008507.

 
Katherine

Katherine

Katherine (surname unknown) from Turakina Maori Girls College, who was attending a Presbyterian Bible Class at Terrace End, organised by the Manawatu District Committee.

 
Te Rau Aroha' Maori Battalion Hall /  Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Cuba Street

Te Rau Aroha' Maori Battalion Hall / Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Cuba Street

The Maori Battalion Hall, named 'Te Rau Aroha' (emblem of gratitude), was erected in Palmerston North as a national memorial to the men of the 28th (Maori) Battalion who lost their lives in the Second World War. It was designed by John Scott, architect of Hastings, and the 14 carved panels on the facade (8 feet x 1 foot 6 inches) were carved by Kelly Kereama of Feilding. Inside 639 names of those who did not return are inscribed on 14 brass plates. All the concrete, both inside and out, was left unplastered and with the marks of the boxing to symbolise the strength of the Maori people. The three-storey building was planned as a community centre to serve all races and was opened in June 1964 by the Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson. At the time this photo was taken, it served as the Visual Arts school of the Wananga O Aotearoa.

 
Palmerston North Rate Book, 1893 - 1896
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Palmerston North Rate Book, 1893 - 1896

Rate book for ratepayers of PNBC, for the years 1893 - 1894, 1894 - 1895 and 1895 - 1896. Handwritten. Information includes occupier, address, owner (if different), description of the property and rating values. This volume stops at surnames beginning with the letter 'M' for 1895 - 1896 rating year. The rest of this year can be found in the next rate book at 2018V\_PNCC-2-23-2-V7\_025416.

 
Manawatū Heritage Tours App

Manawatū Heritage Tours App

Manawatū Heritage Tours App brings together community-initiated research, images and content from the award-winning Manawatū Heritage digital repository and mobile technology to help people to explore Palmerston North's rich and often unknown history. Current tours include: Women's Places, Military Tour (Walking), and Military Tour (Driving). [Download on the App Store](https://apps.apple.com/nz/app/manawat-c5-ab-heritage/id1454447251) (Mac IOS app) or [Get It On Google Play](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mytoursapp.android.app1620) (Android app)

 
Ashhurst-Pohangina Centennial Cookbook

Ashhurst-Pohangina Centennial Cookbook

This cookbook was produced for the Ashhurst and Pohangina centennial celebrations. The recipes were provided by members of the community and offer an insight into cooking in pre-1970s rural New Zealand.

 
"Dear Octopus" play programme
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"Dear Octopus" play programme

The programme from the play "Dear Octopus" by Dodie Smith. The play was performed by the Manawatū Repertory Society at the Palmerston North Opera House on July 19-22, 1952. The play marked the society's 21st birthday. The programme contains an illustration of Repertory House, the theatre company's home base. The house, converted into a small theatre, stood on the corner of Princess and Church Streets. It was used for smaller productions, one-act play nights, play readings and rehearsals.

 
Barrow Family Photograph Album Page 1
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Barrow Family Photograph Album

This 1930s photograph album belongs to the Barrow Family, of Palmerston North. Subjects include family members, pets, airplanes, the 1935 flood, cars and car crashes, the Esplanade Gardens and other local landmarks.

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1930s
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