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Public Displays of The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt in the North Island
The first Unfolding of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
School displays in the North Island and the South Island
Public Displays in the South Island
International Displays which include the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
The 1992 tour of Northland of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
Now that The Quilt is housed at Te Papa in Wellington, most of the following is for historical information only.
Since its inception, the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt has been displayed on many occasions, from one end of the country to the other.
Because of its size and the logistics involved in transporting it, (plus costs) the entire Quilt has only rarely been on display at the one location at the same time.
Sometimes, especially around World AIDS Day (on December 1st every year, and at the time of the International Candlelight Memorial (3rd Sunday in May each year), the requests to display The Quilt mean that some blocks are on display in one city while other blocks are on display in another part of the country, while other blocks could be somewhere else, with up to seven or eight displays being held at the same time.
On several occasions, one or two blocks at a time have been taken overseas for special displays, and for displays to mark a new Quilt Project in another country. Photos of some of these Displays can be seen here.
Below are photos from some of the many Displays of The Quilt held in the North Island. Some are from private photograph collections while others were taken by NZ Quilt Project personnel.
Wellington, World AIDS Day, 1991The Quilt was on display for the first time in Wellington on World AIDS Day, December 1st, 1991, on the Sound Shell Lawn in the Botanical Gardens. This was followed by a display a couple of days later in the Manners Street Mall.
Hawkes Bay, February 1992This Display was at the Hastings Mall, Hastings, on Saturday, 22 February 1992.
Wellington, September 1993This display was held in the Michael Fowler Centre near the Wellington waterfront, with the Unfolding taking place on September 23, 1993.
Note that the blocks have been reassembled into their present configuration during the preceding 6 months, and have had edging and grommets for hanging added.
Auckland Coming Out Parade, October 1993The Quilt was on display at the park where the Auckland Coming Out Parade ended on October 10 1993.
Aotea Centre, Auckland, January 1994
Manukau City, Auckland, October/November 1994In late 1994, The Quilt was on display in some of the main shopping centres around Auckland, spending a week in each, starting with Manukau City from October 31st to November 6th.
Waitakere City, Auckland, November 1994In late 1994, The Quilt was on display in some of the main shopping centres around Auckland, spending a week in each. Waitakere City was the next one to be visited for the week 7 - 13 November.
North Shore City, Auckland, November 1994In late 1994, The Quilt was on display in some of the main shopping centres around Auckland, spending a week in each. The North Shore Display was held in the Shore City Galleria in Takapuna from 14 - 18 November.
Following is the text of the speech given by The Mayor, Paul Tichener, at the opening of the Display.
This gathering marks a symbolic and solemn occasion but one which I hope has rays of hope.
Auckland, World AIDS Day, 1994To mark World AIDS Day, December 1st 1994, The Quilt was taken from Aotea Square, down Queen Street (Auckland's main street,) to the Ellen Melville Hall where new panels were presented. Most of those marching with The Quilts carried a number representing a New Zealander who had died with AIDS. As can be seen by some of the photos, there was also a lot of media interest in the march.
The following day, and every day until the 9th of December (except for the 3rd when it was at the Walk For Life - see below), The Quilt was on display outside the Ellen Melville Hall.
Auckland Walk For Life, December 1994
Waverley, May 1995In May/June 1995, The Quilt toured Taranaki, after having spent some time in Nelson, on the South Island. Waverley is a small community in southern Taranaki where a public display was held in the local Community Hall on 31st May.
Hawera, June 1995The Display on 4th June in the Hawera Community Hall is where Richard Noonan's panel was presented to The Quilt Project, by his mother, Shirley, who is shown below holding the panel up.
Auckland, World AIDS Day, 1995To mark World AIDS Day (December 1st) in 1995 The Quilt was displayed in Queen Elizabeth II Square at the bottom of Queen Street, before being carried up Auckland's main street (Queen Street) to the Aotea Square where it was displayed again.
Glenfield Mall, Auckland, September 1996The Glenfield Mall is on Auckland's North Shore.
Hunter's Plaza, Auckland, October 1996Hunter's Plaza is a shopping centre in Papatoetoe, Auckland. The Quilt was on display for the week of 14 - 20 October 1996.
Auckland Aotea Centre, March 1997
Block 9 on display
Centrepoint, Hastings, World AIDS Day, 1998
10th Anniversary Display, Auckland City Mission, 2001This special display was held in the Auckland City Mission chapel building in central Auckland, to mark the 10th anniversary of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt in October, 2001. The whole Quilt was on display, and three new panels were presented.
Pan Pacific AIDS Conference, Aotea Centre, Auckland, October 2005In late October 2005, Auckland hosted the Pan Pacific AIDS Conference in the Aotea Centre. All of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt was on display in the entrance to the Aotea Centre for the four days of the conference.
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