Heritage rocks at Bay of Islands A&P Show

After two years of Covid cancellations, the Bay of Islands A&P Show was back in force in November with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga present again – this time with a display illustrating Māori use of stone.

Diane Neumann receives her award in front of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga tent while people browse in the background.
Hokianga Property Lead Alex Bell presents the heritage baking award to Diane Neumann. Photo: HNZPTexpand/collapse

Images of beautifully crafted taonga, tools, fishing hooks, and other items shaped from a range of stone drew a lot of interest from show visitors along with actual artefacts, including stone adzes, chisels, and sinkers from a private collection lent for the show.

Te Waimate Mission staff sold a range of rock-themed merchandise from the Stone Store as well as heritage peach trees propagated from a historic tree at Edmonds Ruins in the Kerikeri Inlet.

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Northland Regional Archaeologist Dr James Robinson, who was kept busy answering questions about lithics and archaeology from show attendees, says the stand was a huge success.

“The display and artefacts captured people’s imaginations and it was great that we were able to talk about how people used different types of rock to make knives, grind stones, adzes (toki), and weapons. It reflects the cultural knowledge about where these stone resources were located all around Aotearoa and the different construction techniques required that went into the production of these amazing taonga,” he says.

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga also sponsored a heritage baking competition which was won by Diane Neumann.