Kia ora koutou katoa. This story explores the history of one of the most significant landmarks to have ever been in our district, the ancient matai, Hine Paaka, who stood proud in the Ashburton District for many, many years - a taonga for our region. Also known as Hinepaaka, this famous tree was named after the wife of... Continue Reading →

What is heritage? And why does it matter?

  World Heritage Day is celebrated each year in April. Also known as International Monuments and Sites Day, 18 April is a special day to celebrate the diversity of heritage throughout the world. At the Ashburton Museum, we think about heritage all the time. Our staff and volunteers are fortunate to work around historic objects... Continue Reading →

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