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Home Fires Burning: New Zealand's Vietnam War

Home Fires Burning: New Zealand's Vietnam War

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  • Thu 21 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 23 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Tue 26 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 27 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Thu 28 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 3:00pm
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Papakura Museum, Accent Point Building, 209 Great South Road, Papakura


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Two exhibitions are underway to mark the end of the Vietnam War Oral History Project and showcase some of the interviews and artefacts gathered over the project's four years.

Until June 28, the Papakura Museum hosts an exhibition exploring New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War, and the war's ongoing impact within families and communities.

A partnership between the Papakura Museum and ManatÅ« Taonga, Home Fires Burning places artefacts from local veterans and collectors alongside the personal stories of those who served – and those keeping the home fires burning back in New Zealand.

A ‘hoochie' recreation gives a sense of how soldiers made themselves at home within New Zealand lines; voices of veterans' wives and children present the perspectives of those back home.

Home Fires Burning also touches on the anti-war protest movement, as captured in historic film and photography. The backdrop for these stories is a Vietnam-era suburban New Zealand living room.

A 1970s TV set plays historic footage, and oral history excerpts of veterans' personal reactions to the protest movement play on a vintage stereo.

A related exhibition featuring an installation of Vietnam War veterans' art and photography will run until May 12 at the Papakura Art Gallery. For more details please visit http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2012/home-fires-burning-new-zealands-vietnam-war/auckland/papakura.

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