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host of activities are being planned for

Buffalo Week. Our cover artist Paul

Deacon comes from Auckland to present a

marine painting workshop on Monday and

Tuesday, 27–28 July.

“The topic shall be more

about painting the sea in general”, explains

Paul, “as one needs a bit of study to start

painting vessels.” Paul has painted nearly a

dozen new works of the


These, plus

paintings of Captain Cook’s HMS


are being exhibited and available for purchase

at the Mercury Bay Museum.

A large orange commemorative buoy will float

above the wreck on

Tuesday 28th

July for the

duration of the week.

Tuesday & Wednesday


meet at the Museum at 10am for a 1.5 hour

walk led by Noel Hewlett seeing the historical

sights in Whitianga.

Tuesday through Thursday at 1pm

, enjoy a

curator talk at the Museum.

Tuesday at 3:30pm

at the Whitianga Town Hall,

the kids can enjoy a Buffalo Kids Play

Afternoon, featuring games of the 1840s.


Tuesday at 5pm

at the Museum, join local

expert David Langdon for a talk about scows

and the kauri trade in and around Whitianga.

A Commemorative Function programme will be


Friday 29th July at 2pm

at the Mercury Bay

Town Hall


Evening of 29 July at 5:30pm

is the showing of

the film

Song of the Kauri

at the Mercury Bay

Twin Cinemas. Director Mathurin Molgat will

speak, and violinist Helen Duder will

demonstrate the resonant sound of a kauri

wood violin. Helen is descended from the


’s Thomas Duder. (See ‘Song of the

Kauri’ on page 8 for more info. See the film’s

trailer, download the film or buy the DVD at


Friday, 31 July at 1pm,

join Royal New Zealand

Naval Research historian Michael Wynd to learn

some incredible details about the Royal Navy

and life aboard the HMS


Friday evening,

a Captain’s Dinner will be held

at Mercury Bay Club, with local entertainers

providing music. Call 07 866 0284 for info.


You may be wondering about the title

‘homecoming week’. Well, one of the sponsors

involved in the planning thought homecoming

was an ideal term as it conveyed a sense of

returning, of welcoming back, of reunion.

In America, traditional school homecomings

welcome back alumni and involve activities

such as sports and culture events and a parade

through the streets.

The events planned for the



are very much in this mould, and it is indeed

hoped that Whitianga will be able to welcome

back its very own ‘


alumni’, those NZ

descendants of the sailors who plied the

oceans on the HMS



–Kate Palmano

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+64 (0)7 866 0456

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August 1st at 10am


a wreath will be laid

following a commemorative service led by

Reverend Mary Petersen at the Buffalo

Memorial on Buffalo Beach Road, followed by a

Monster Buffalo Beach Dig, Polar Bear Swim,

colouring-in competitions and other activities.

That evening’s Shipwreck Ball is already a

sellout, but on

Sunday at 10am


enjoy a 2.5

hour guided walk around Shakespeare Cliff

with focus on the ‘shipwrecks of Mercury

Bay.’ Meet at the museum. Bookings

required, call 07-866 0730.

Also, look forward to...

Mercury Bay Area School, which boasts a

‘Buffalo House’, is also planning activities

around this event. Word finds and art

activities will be available from the Mercury

Bay Library. The local Quilting Society is even

stitching a patchwork banner of the



As the event celebrates our maritime history,

organisations such as the Sea Scouts, Search

& Rescue and even Lieutenant Commander

Muzz Kennett of the Royal NZ Navy have been

invited along. If weather permits, there may be

a large sailing ship in the harbour, and I have

even heard

The Voyage of the Buffalo

ballad is

being set to music by local composer Stewart

Pedley. Imagine – Mercury Bay’s very own sea

shanty! A fitting tribute, indeed!

So, an exciting week ahead – one which will

enliven our winter and showcase our

colourful history!

– KP