Lakes District Museum education officer Amy Taylor practises gold panning in the Arrow River with (from left) Cameron Spicer (7) and Emily Spicer (10), both of Quail Rise Estate, and Amelia Peasey (10) and Sam Clark (10), both of Arrowtown, on Thursday, before the museum hosts a day of children's activities to celebrate the Chinese New Year, on January 31. Photo by James Beech.
Chinese New Year and how it relates to Otago's history will
be brought home to Wakatipu children when they celebrate the
start of the Year of the Horse at the Lakes District Museum.
The Arrowtown museum will host team building and name games
on January 31 from 8.30am to 9.30am and mask-making from
9.30am to 10.30am.
After morning tea, the group will explore the nearby Chinese
settlement from 10.45am to noon.
After lunch, participants will play traditional Chinese games
from 12.30pm to 1.30pm and make shuttlecocks and play
traditional Chinese shuttlecock games between 1.30pm and
The children will try their luck gold panning in the Arrow
River between 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
They end the day with afternoon tea, a colouring competition
and watching the New Zealand drama Illustrious Energy
(1988), about prospecting for gold in 1890s Otago.
Up to 20 children aged 6 to 13 will be able to participate on
a first-come, first-served basis.
The cost is $30 per child.
• Other events include: Sign of the Times, memorabilia
and autographs from past and present stars of entertainment,
sport, politics and literature; until February 24.
Shadows of Shoah uses photography, music and episodes
from survivors' experiences to communicate the significance
of the Holocaust; August 28 to October 13.
The War to End All Wars demonstrates the effects of
World War 1 on people in Wakatipu. It features photographs,
diaries, telegrams, oral histories and newspapers; November
11 to April 25, 2015.
Our Lost War Passchendaele, a film exploring the
history of Private George Salmond, who was among the 2700 New
Zealand casualties of the battle of Passchendaele, in 1917.