New Zealand Forest Opening Celebration
On Sunday, September 15, 2013, the Arboretum Foundation, University of Washington Botanic Gardens, and Seattle Parks and Recreation hosted a public event to celebrate the opening of the New Zealand Forest in the Washington Park Arboretum’s Pacific Connections Garden.
The Opening Celebration—organized in partnership with the Seattle-Christchurch Sister City Association and the Burke Museum—paid homage to New Zealand’s culture and ethnobotanical history. It featured a traditional Maori “haka,” or war dance, and a dedication ceremony with Maori wood carver Caine Tauwhare, who helped create a park bench in the new forest.
There were also guided tours, family activities, speeches by Seattle Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith and other dignitaries, a ribbon cutting, and refreshments.