Bringing the Past to Life

Celebrating the rich history of Henderson Creek was the focus of the Living History Day held on 16 March 2011 by Project Twin Streams Henderson Creek, in collaboration with Henderson Primary School, the West Auckland Historical Society and residents of Vision Waikakere Gardens Village.

Demonstrating how creative engagement can be used in a multitude of ways to bring understanding and learning to a project over the course of the day, there was acting, dancing in Falls Park, a bush camp in Tui Glen and a picnic in Tui Glen Reserve, all in historial dress. For Project Twin Streams Henderson Creek Coordinator Sara Lovitz the event brought alive a piece of Henderson’s history surrounding the mill, gum-digging and Tui Glen to life for 200 Henderson Primary students, teachers and parents.

Russell French, the Associate Principal of Henderson Primary School was appreciative of the efforts undertaken to make the day happen and intended to tie the event’s activities back to the school curriculum. “The children are talking about all of the wonderful things they saw and how history came to life. This was an enormous task. We can’t thank you enough for the committment made to give our children these incredible experience which will now form the base for their work over the next few weeks,” he says.

The whole day was caught on film by Bob Jessopp, Horizon Video. For those interested in viewing it, a copy is available from Community Waitakere. Phone 09 838 7904.