PHANZA Auckland Christmas event (10 December): tour of the Otuataua Stonefields

All PHANZA members are welcome to attend. For this year’s Auckland event, Lucy MacIntosh who is completing her degree on the stonefields has offered to take us on a guided walking tour of the Otuataua Stonefields.

Date: Sunday 10 December, at 11am

Meeting point: 56 Ihumatao Quarry Road, Mangere

RSVP to Sandra Gorter: writelinesnzl@gmail.com

The history of the stonefields is the story of Maori and European who have lived there for perhaps 800 years, and their homes and gardens at this site are the last remnants showing of around 8000 hectares of the richly productive horticultural region that Auckland / Tamaki Makaurau once was.

Viewed from the sea, the stonefields site was a locus, or meeting point on the Manukau. The harbour joined iwi – Ngati Whatua and Ngapuhi in the north, and Tainui in the south via the portages at New Lynn, Waiuku, and others, and served the same function for Europeans as a more efficient means of transport than road, up until World War Two.

The PHANZA committee has voted a per-head catering amount and we are all pressed for time at this busy point of year so please, RSVP as soon as possible.

For information on how to get there, buses and amenities:
http://temp.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/parksfacilities/premierparks/Pages/otuatauastonefields.aspx