From the Acting President
It has been a delight to help re-launch the Kāpiti Historical Society after a 5 year hiatus, thanks to the solid work of a good keen few.
As a past Secretary and now acting President, I welcome members old and new to join us in our shared enjoyment of the Kāpiti Coast’s rich history. Communities across NZ have ‘joined together’ again as we have taken part in events such as last year’s WW1 commemorations and last week’s hundreth anniversary of the end of “the great war” on Armistice Day November 11.
Recently, I have really enjoyed a new appreciation of the richness of our past places and people, and the role Kāpiti has played in the development of our region and country.
I look forward to learning much more at future KHS public lectures, with our next one being delivered by local Historian Anthony Dreaver on Tuesday December 4.
Jacqueline Elliott, Acting President
Thanks to our October speaker: Larry Keim
The feedback has all been positive and it is just a pity we had only 21 people at the session. Larry treated us to a highly interesting and informative talk on the Marines from the 1st and 2nd Divisions who came to New Zealand in 1942-43. The emphasis was on why they were here, their training in the Kāpiti area in particular and their subsequent experience in the brutal Pacific War. The talk was well illustrated.
There has been general agreement that we could well feature Larry again in 2019 to look in more detail at the impact the Marines had on the Kāpiti area.
Final public meeting for 2018 Tuesday 4 December, 7.30pm
Enter via the main door of the church at the top of the driveway off Weka Road.
Speaker: Anthony Dreaver
Subject: ‘The Paraparaumu Problem: how can we give shape to its history?’
Anthony Dreaver, a former secondary teacher, is a local historian with a special interest in the Kāpiti/Horowhenua region. He has written three books about the area, edited the Ōtaki Historical Journal for some years, and has been Chair of the Paekākāariki Station Museum. He is also a foundation member of the Kāpiti US Marines Trust.
Bruce Taylor, will send out a reminder about this meeting a few days before. In the meantime, encourage friends and acquaintances to get along to hear Anthony.
History books for sale
There will be single copies of each of the following books for perusal. These can be ordered and will be delivered to your home. (See John, Jackie or Roger.)
If anyone else wishes to have books available for sale at this or future meetings, please let me know. Thanks, Roger Childs.