Maritime history revisited

An array of craft will make waves on the Mahurangi River when the Kowhai Festival River Pageant is held on Saturday, October 19. As well as classic boats, there will be a steam regatta featuring the Kotare and a number of craft from Auckland and further afield.

Onshore activities will include a stationary engines display by the Warkworth Museum and a display of classic motorbikes.

Warkworth Library is hosting the North Soul Community Gospel Choir, which will perform at the library at 10.30am. The event will also mark World Singing Day.

The day will wrap up at 2pm with an afternoon Seafarers Concert onboard the historic scow Jane Gifford, featuring sea shanties, sing-alongs and maybe even an excerpt from the Pirates of Penzance. People are invited to take along folding chairs or blankets to view the concert from the riverbank.

The River Pageant is being organised jointly by the Riverbank Enhancement Group, Jane Gifford Maritime Heritage Trust and Mahu River Restoration Trust.