Kāpiti Historical Society Update

This month

  • Some thoughts from the President

  • Feedback on Larry Keim’s talk last month

  • The December speaker

  • Books

    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

  • Kāpiti Uniting Church

  • 10 Weka Road

  • Raumati Beach

  • Gold coin koha. Thanks

    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.)

  • The Kingite Rebellion by John Robinson ($40)

  • Raumati South Heart and Soul by Jackie Elliott ($20)

  • One Law or Two Monarchs? Maori and Colonisation in the 19th Century by John Robinson and Roger Childs. ($25)

  • New Zealand’s Changing Biodiversity: Nature Under Pressure by Jim Hilton and Roger Childs. ($25)

  • Gate Pa and Te Ranga: The True Story by John McLean and John Robinson ($30)

  • Blood and Tears; A memorial to those killed by tribal and related violence By Adam Plover ($30)

  • Captain Cook for Young People by John McLean. ($20)

    If anyone else wishes to have books available for sale at this or future meetings, please let me know. Thanks, Roger Childs.