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Tour of Northland, 1992
The first Unfolding of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
School displays in the North Island and the South Island
Public Displays in the North Island and the South Island
International Displays which include the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
From 26 July 1992 to 24 August 1992, The Quilt toured Northland. This tour became a very emotional and spiritual one and as there were so many displays in such a short space of time, they are all included here together (and not separated into school/public displays etc.), along with excerpts from the report on the tour prepared for the New Zealand Quilt Project by Chris Farrelly (the Northland Area Health Board HIV/AIDS Co-Ordinator) and Neil Lambess (Northland Quilt Co-Ordinator).
Sunday 26 July 19992Fundraising Movie Premiere of the film Longtime Companion held at the Odeon Theatre in Whangarei, attended by 350 people, and raised $3,000 towards the costs involved with taking The Quilt on the tour of Northland. Wine and Cheese were also served to patrons at their seats while they listened to a live jazz band prior to the movie starting.
Monday 27 July 1993In the afternoon, The Quilts were welcomed to the Taitokerau/Northland (Maori) Tribal District by Kaumatua ('Tribal Elder') Cobb Makene at the Ngararatuna Marae (Whangarei). 8 individual Panels from Northland were unveiled - those for Neville Thompson, Ian Matthews, Gavin Timperley, Wimoka Smith, Joe Wellington, Walter Edward, Spring Hohepa and 'R.J.' (later to be joined togther to form what is now knwn as The Taitokerau Block (Block 7)). Approximately 150 people attended.
In the evening, there were performances by cultural groups and general discussions about The Quilt before spendnig the night on the Marae.
Tuesday 28 July to Friday 31 July 1992Forum North Civic Centre, Whangarei
Saturday, Sunday, 1 and 2 August 1992St. John's Uniting Church, Kamo, Whangarei
Monday 3 August 1992Bay of Islands College, Kawakawa. Approximately 800 people view The Quilt.
Wednesday 5 August 1992Radio Tautoko, a Maori language radio station in Mangamuka where there were about 100 people in attendance.
The Quilt panel referred to for being the first one unfolded is for Wimoka Smith.
Thursday 6 August 1992Oturu Marae, Kaitaia. About 100 people attended
Friday 7 Augist 1992Taipa Area School, Taipa. A special assembly is held at the school to welcome The Quilt to the coastal settlement of Taipa. Approximately 700 in attendance.
Sunday 9 August 1992After arriving at Kaitaia College and being unfolded, there is an ecumenical church service with about 100 people in attendance.
Later in the evening, Wimoka and Ian's panels (one Maori,and one Pakeha [of European descent] are sewn together by their respective families to symbolise the unity of all those represented on the Quilts. This is the beginning of forming of what will become known as the Taitokerau Block (Block 7).
Monday 10 August 1992Around 1,200 people visit The Quilt on this day while it is at Kaitaia College.
Tuesday 11 August 1992Broadwood Area School where there is a formal welcome and unfolding before being viewed by about 500 people.
Wednesday 12 August 1992In the morning, a stop off at Te Kao School where there was a welcome and assembly attendend by about 300 people.
In the afternoon, a stop at Te Hiki O Te Ika Marae at Te Hapua, New Zealand's northernmost Marae where it was visited by the local primary school (about 150 people all together visited).
In the late afternoon, The Quilt was taken to Cape Reinga, the northernmost part of New Zealand that is easily accessable by road, where the lighthouse overlooks the meeting of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. On the slope below the lighthouse is a lone pohutukawa tree which marks the place in Maori Mythology where the spirits of the dead leave this world and continue on to the next. 12 people who had been doing most of the travelling with The Quilt at this stage and had become very attached to it accompanied The Quilt to The Cape.
Thursday 13 August 1992Kerrikeri Union Church, Kerikeri. Unfolding and display with a free concert in the vening raising another $450 from donations. 300 people visited.
Friday 14 August 1992Te Tiriti O Waitangi National Marae, Waitangi.
Waitangi is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the local Maori population and the eaerly English settlers on 6th February, 1840, making all Maori people British subjects, and marking the start of the islands that make up New Zealand being a country in its own right.
50 people attended the welcome and unveiling here.
Sunday 16 August 1992Pukerata Marae, Otaua. Small display with 20 people attending.
Monday 17 August 1992Northland College, Kaikohe. Another 500 visitors viewed The Quilts here.
Tuesday 18 August 1992Te Kota Haitanga Marae, Kaikohe. Another small display with 20 people attending.
Wednesday 19 August 1992Rahiri Marae, Dargaville. Welcome and unfolding with 125 people attending.
Thiursday 20 August 1002The Quilts spend the day at Dargaville High School where they are seen by another 720 people before retuning to the Rahiri Marae for the night.
Friday 21 AugustKorokota Marae - Titoki
The Quilts return to Whangarei and while at the Marae, are visited by another 80 people. While there, the remaining loose panels from Northland are sewn together to complete what is known as the Taitokerau Block (Block 7) prior to their being farewelled from Northland.
Another night time arrival, this time in the rain.
Monday 24 August 1992The Quilts are formally farwelled from Northland at Northland Base Hospital (Whangarei) with 80 people in attendance.
On arrival back in Auckland, they are returned tothe care of the NZ Quilt Project National Convenor Nicki Eddy at the Whaiora Marae in Otara, one of Aucklands Southern suburbs.
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