Nambassa Revisited - 40 Years On

Posted by WACMA on 20/02/2019

WHEN: February 15th – April 30th 2019
The usual Museum/Gallery hours apply.

Nambassa was a series of festivals held between 1976 and 1981 on large farms around Waihi and Waikino. They focused on peace, love, and an environmentally friendly lifestyle. In addition to popular entertainment, they featured workshops and displays advocating holistic health issues, alternative medicine, clean and sustainable energy, and natural foods.

Nambassa was conceived and organised by Peter Terry, who founded an energetic and idealistic organisation involving hundreds of workers and administered by a registered charitable trust. Nambassa is also the tribal name of a charitable trust that has championed sustainable ideas and demonstrated practical counterculture ideals, a spiritually based alternative lifestyle, environmentalism and green issues from the early 1970s to the present.

By preserving the history of these festivals, Waihi Arts Centre & Museum hopes to remind people of the powerful social and environmental changes that were taking place during the 1970s and early 1980s. Many of those in the “back to the land” movement, were looking for a greener, more socially aware place to settle, set up craft studios and bring up families. Waihi and the wider Coromandel became the home of many who had initially come to a Nambassa Festival. We would like to connect with these people and hear their stories.

Contact Doreen 021 125 4290 or Waihi Arts Centre & Museum wacma@waihimuseum.co.nz

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