Farewell to Cuban ambassador

We farewelled the Cuban ambassador, Maria del Carmen Herrera Caseiro at a dinner in Blackball and presented her with a gift of local craft. We noted the close relations that have developed between the Museum and Cuba, with ambassadors opening the Museum and Maria participating in several events.

Maria replied that Blackball and Cuba have a special relationship because of their respective working class roots. She presented Museum curator, Paul Maunder with a letter of thanks from the families of the Cuban Five. in acknowledgement of the exhibitions of paintings and cartoons that the Museum has exhibited.


Caroline Selwood, Maria del Carmen Herrera Caseiro and Paul Maunder (holding gift) at the farewell dinner.


Choral event well attended

The visit by the Newcastle Choir was highly successful with a full house (more than they got in Auckland). For a few hours we were encompassed by working class culture and values. The choir ‘loved Blackball and there was talk of the local choir, Waiata Koha visiting Newcastle some day. Of special pleasure was the opening mihi and poroporoaki by tangatawhenua.P1050150

Newcastle choir members have breakfast at formerly The Blackball Hilton.