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Pompallier Heritage


Heritage Days in France are being celebrated on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September, in spite of Covid-19. Do not feel deprived of celebrations. Have a look at some... 

Bishop Pompallier French - NZ Heritage 

Really close to home and just a walk, a bike ride or a drive away is:

Saint Joseph's Church Te Puna

St Joseph’s Church was officially opened on the 1st day of January 1900. The driving force behind the construction was Werahiko Borell and Hone Bidois, both sons of French settlers who had married into local Pirirakau families. These two men, with help from the local people, worked for months from early morning to late at night selecting, felling and pit-sawing the trees for transport down the river and into the harbour and finally to the site of the Church. The first post was put in place with an appropriate ceremony on the lst of November 1898.
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And if you are ever in Northland, visit ...

The Pompallier Mission and Printery in Northland.

It was commissioned by the famous Bishop Pompallier who firmly believed that the power of the printed word could be used to help convert Maori to Christianity.

The printery was built in 1842 using a traditional French rammed-earth style called pisé de terre. It was here that the French Marist Brothers translated Latin religious texts into te reo M?ori and produced beautiful bound books. In only three years the missionaries printed an impressive thirty thousand publications in te reo. 
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Have a look at the programme which lists a few of the things happening around the hexagon.
Which ones would you choose to visit if you were there for the weekend ?