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Trustees visit to Kaka Point

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Members of the trust and the manager will visit  Kaka Point to meet, attend to some grounds maintenance and check Hone’s crib from 14-16 March. The following week, conservation architect Graeme Burgess will take a close look at the crib as he develops a conservation plan as part of the ongoing contribution of information required to develop funding options for restoration and the residency project.



Koha for the crib

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Saturday 18 October @ 7pm 
Toitu – Foyer
31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin

Koha for the Crib aims to preserve the legacy of Hone Tuwhare by raising funds to establish a new writers’ and artist’ residency at Kaka Point, South Otago. The crib and purpose-built residency and studio will be the first to be established in the home of a Maori writer.
Koha for the Crib will include performances by musicians Don McGlashan, Rio Hemopo, Graham Downes, Martin Phillipps, David Kilgour, and Ciaran McMeekin, and poets Emma Neale, Majella Cullinane, Sue Wooton and Peter Olds.

Hone’s love of food will be celebrated through chef Scott Murray who has designed the menu based on the tastes of locally gathered, hunted and sustainably farmed food. Koha for the Crib will include a charity art auction of limited edition prints lead by Marshall Siefert as Auctioneer.
The auction will include works from graphics artists Catherine Griffiths, Sarah Maxey, Kris Sowersby, and Matt Galloway, as well as a limited edition Chills box set.
Koha for the Crib tickets are available by emailing or from UBS, 378 Great King St, Dunedin, at a cost of $60 per person. For more information about the Hone Tuwhare Trust or Koha for the Crib see or

Dunedin applies to be international city of literature

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Dunedin has applied to join seven other cities around the world as one of the UNESCO international cities of literature. The list includes Edinburgh, Melbourne, Norwich, Dublin, Reykjavik, Krakow and Iowa City. Dunedin is one of several other centres making a bid for inclusion. Launched in 2004, the creative cities network was born out of UNESCO’s Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity which was created in 2002. The aim is to promote the social, economic and cultural development of cities in both the developed and the developing world.

Dunedin’s bid is outlined in this Radio New Zealand story from Morning Report – HTCT chairperson is interviewed for the story.:

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Successful visit to Kaka Point and the crib

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HTCT Group Crib

Trustees Butch Riechelmann, Noel Waite, Suze Keith, Matt Shirtcliffe and Rob Tuwhare, together with builder Stan Scott (at far right) and manager Chris McBride spent the day cleaning up around Hone Tuwhare’s crib and doing some minor repairs ahead of a visit by architect Graeme Burgess and his team who will prepare a conservation plan for the crib as part of the process to restore the crib and to build a new residency at the Kaka Point property.

The HTCT team tidied the grounds, cleaned the crib, temporarily repaired the leaking roof on Hone’s writing shed and cleaned out water damaged items from the shed.

A meeting to inform local Kaka Point residents and other interested people about progress to date and intentions for the future was held at the Point Cafe & Bar. The Trusts thanks those who attended and extends it’s thanks to the Point Cafe & Bar for their generosity in providing the space. The HTCT group was well looked after in Kaka Point and look forward to many more visits as the project develops. The Trust highly recommends the Blue Cod dishes and the sea Food Chowder!

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Kate Smith-Bingham talks with Matt Shirtcliffe, Suze Keith and Noel Waite at the Crib. HTCT thanks Kate for keeping an eye on the crib as we move the project forward.

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Repairs being made to the shed roof by Butch, Rob and Stan.
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The meeting at The Point Cafe & Bar, Kaka Point.

Kaka Point visit

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Trustees  Noel Waite, Suze Keith, Matt Shircliffe, Butch Riechelmann and Rob Tuwhare will visit Kaka Point from 14-16 March. They will be joined by Trust manager Chris McBride. The visit will allow time to check on the grounds and the crib and check for any small issues that may need attending to. Mitre 10s Stan Scott will also be with the team and will advise (along with Rob) on any minor fixes required to the crib prior to the eventual restoration programme. The Trustees will also have a public meeting on Sunday morning – details below. The following week, conservation architect Graeme Burgess will be down to make an assessment of the crib in preparation for developing a conservation plan. This plan will assist the trust in establishing further funding for the full restoration and residency project.