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Auckland Heritage Festival event 2016

09 November 2016
Event at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum
Event at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum

On Sunday 25th September MKWC participated in the annual Auckland Heritage Festival with the theme: Now and Then - the changing face of Auckland.  

A new collaboration between the Michael King Writers Centre and Torpedo Bay Navy Museum was established this year for the Auckland Heritage Festival and to celebrate the coming 75th Anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN). 

Alumni of the MKWC, Kelly Anna Morey read a piece from her work in development of the Royal Navy Ship, New Zealand. Current Writer in Residence, Vivienne Plumb along with ‘salty dogs’, writers and historians read tall tales and true from writers and historians including a reported account of the Napier earthquake in 1931 when RNS Veronica was in port. 

Screened alongside stunning images from the collections of Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, an enthusiastic gathering heard of events of Protest and Participation – the Nuclear Issue and accounts from Michael King’s Penguin History of NZ.  Professor Kerry Howe shared images from his family collection and readings from his mother’s account of The War at Home on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

With the success of this first collaboration, it is hoped that an ongoing collaboration between the MKWC and Torpedo Bay will bring more tall tales and true from our maritime history

-- Lynn Dawson (Co-ordinator, Friends of MKWC).