Watercolour painting of Tāmaki and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi by W Jordon, 1840.
Tāmaki and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Watercolour by W Jordon of Karaka Bay, 1840 Kura Heritage Collections Online.

A quill, a pig, and a secret beach

FreeAccessibleFamily activitiesEast Auckland

Saturday 26 September-Sunday 11 October
Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm
Sat: 9am-4pm
Sun: 12pm-4pm


St Heliers Community Library

32 St Heliers Bay Road, St Heliers

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At the edge of Glendowie, Karaka Bay shelters: a contrast from the bustle of Tāmaki Drive and other busy areas of the Eastern suburbs. However, despite the seclusion and its seemingly bucolic appearance, Karaka Bay has been the scene of an array of surprisingly diverse events.

In May 1840, the signing of the Waitangi list (as it was known then) happened on this very shore. Karaka Bay's fertile waters and banks have fed communities well over the years. A pig became a celebrity and the subject of a court case and a book.

Outdoor Shakespeare, communal picnics and residents ensure that Karaka Bay will continue to harbour more secrets than it is ever willing to reveal. View our PowerPoint display on loop at St Heliers Community Library, and watch the secrets unfold.

Presented by: Auckland Libraries

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