WHISPERS OF GOLD – Documentary Film About A Mining Ghost Town (Press Release) – Thursday, 27 August 2020, 5:16 am

On the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, lie the ghosts of Waiuta, one of New Zealand’s richest gold towns – long abandoned since the Blackwater mine closed in 1951

“Whispers of Gold” tells Waiuta’s story from its beginnings to current day. Archive film and photographs give a rare glimpse of 1900’s mining town life – the colorful characters, stories and the gold that kept its heart beating but left a toxic legacy. read more…

Premiere of ‘Whispers of Gold’

A premiere will be held at Reefton Cinema of our documentary “Whispers of Gold” at 3pm on Saturday July 18. This will be followed by time for Q & A, some short speeches and then tea or coffee.

These are exciting times.

For those who would like to go to later screenings, here are the confirmed dates on the West Coast.
– Premiere, Reefton on Saturday 18 July at 3pm
– Regent, Greymouth on Friday 24 July at 7pm, plus Sunday 26 July at 3pm
– Hokitika, Saturday 25 July at 3pm
– Westport Saturday 1 August at 3pm

AGM Cancellation

Dear FoW Members

Due to the ongoing and increasingly dire news regarding the Coronavirus / CIVID-19 pandemic we have decided to cancel the AGM and general meeting scheduled for next Saturday, 28 March.

When the situation settles we will be in communication with you.

Community hopes to save historic West Coast school (March 8, 2020)

A historic school on the West Coast is in desperate need of a new roof before winter hits. Friends of Waiuta chairwoman Margaret Sadler said winter would take its toll on the 106-year-old Blackwater School, near Reefton.  “When I was there I noticed that The window sill had [already] rotted through and the rot had got into the lining boards inside,” she said. Read More…

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