Everyone has a different story to tell about their place, and a different way to tell it. Over the next month you’ll be able to experience three different ways of looking at Avondale through guided walks as part of the Urban Walking Festival 2020 as well as participate in what according to Jon Turner is “the best bush walk in Tāmaki Makaurau”.
Local resident Rajeev is leading a photo walk through the Avondale town centre on the 18th of April. He invites you to bring your phone and, with his guidance and some photography tips, take photos of the town centre, recording the streets and people you love. This walk is ideal for people who want to learn to use their phone cameras better. Walk starts at 10 am.
On ANZAC day you can take the opportunity to learn more about the long history of the armed forces in Avondale. Our host, John Subritzky, is passionate about local history and specialises in mechanised military transportation. He will be assisted by Living History Re-enactor Brett Curtis, who will give children (and interested adults) the opportunity to participate in a military drill. Walk starts at 2pm.
Our final walk in Avondale is a Walking Wānanga on Saturday the 2nd of May at 2pm. It focusses on the on the whakapapa, oral histories and movements of Tāmaki iwi through the Whau area and is led by Tamati Patuwai and Pita Turei.
Over in Lynfield on Saturday 2nd of May Jon Turner is leading a four hour walk along the beaches and cliff tops of Manukau coast departing from Manukau Domain and finishing at Onehunga beach. The walk goes up and down stairs and along the beach. A good level of fitness is required as well as shoes that can get wet and dirty.
All of the walks are part of the Urban Walking Festival, an Auckland-wide festival, presented by Panuku, Auckland Development that revolves around local people celebrating their place, sharing what makes it special and advocating for what they love about it through walking and conversation.
For more details and bookings visit urbanwalking.nz or facebook.com/urbanwalkingfestival/
While we hope to still be able to lead our walks at some stage in the future, we are investigating creating resources around the planned walks so that everyone can still be inspired to walk our urban spaces even if we can't walk together. Check online to keep up to date.