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 2021 as well as participate in what according to Jon Turner is “the best bush walk in Tāmaki Makaurau”.
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. Walk starts at 2pm.
Our second walk in Avondale is a Walking Wānanga on the 5th of May at 11am. Co-developed with local youth it focusses on the on the whakapapa, oral histories and movements of Tāmaki iwi through the Whau area and is led by Tamati Patuwai.
Local resident Rajeev is leading a photo walk through the Avondale town centre on the 8th of May. 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.
Over in Lynfield on Saturday 24th of April 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.
All of the walks are part of the Urban Walking Festival, an Auckland-wide festival, presented by Panuku, Auckland Development and Auckland Transport 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. Originally planned for 2020 we are pleased to be able to present them in 2021.
For more details and bookings visit urbanwalking.nz or facebook.com/urbanwalkingfestival