In this issue

  • A varied programme
  • Feedback on Andy Oakley’s talk last month
  • The July session – Larry Keim on the Marines in Kapiti
  • The next two months
  • Further down the track
  • Suggestions and help

Come along!

The Society is based in Kapiti, so logically we have most sessions based on a local theme. Five of our eight talks have been along these lines and this month we have another talk on the Marines who were here in 1942-43. 

The session is on Tuesday 30 July at 7.30 pm

Down the track we will be offering plenty of variety:

  • Taking advantage of people who have lived for a long time in the area and have recollections of local history. 
  • Using local authors to speak about their books.
  • Having a Q & A approach where the speaker wants to cover a range of subjects.
  • Showing DVDs.

We have over sixty people on the mailing list, but we haven’t seen a number of you – so come along and bring your friends!

Thanks to our June speaker: Andy Oakley

Andy spoke to an audience of 21 and talked about growing up in multi-cultural Cannon’s Creek and how he “discovered” New Zealand history and went on a search for truth. (Some of you will have seen the article in the Kapiti News.)

It was a very interesting and informative session with plenty of food for thought. One of his key messages was that no-one should feel that they are victims of their upbringing and background, but should focus on making the best of the opportunities that come their way. Just a pity we didn’t have more there.

Next Meeting – Tuesday 30 July at 7.30 pm

Larry Keim, speaking on The Land They Adored, Marines heal their Wounds in Hospitable New Zealand 1942-43  

Larry is a former Major in the US Marines and now lives in Raumati Beach. He spoke last year on the Marines training in the Paekakariki area and the Tararuas, and their service in the Pacific. This time he will focus on how the Marines reacted to being in New Zealand and how they interacted with the local people. 

    • Tuesday 30 July at 7.30 pm
    • Kapiti Uniting Church
    • 10 Weka Road, Raumati Beach
    • Enter via the main door of the church at the top of the driveway off Weka Road.
    • Gold coin koha. Thanks

The next two months: to be confirmed

AUGUSTMike Alexander on aspects of the history in the southern parts of Kapiti

SEPTEMBERA showing of the ground breaking This is New Zealand  1970 film.  Introduced by Bob Carlyon.

Further down the track – possibilities

  • Return to the Western Front (Howard Chamberlain)
  • The Kapiti Coast Museum (Allan Carley)
  • Sailors’ salty language (John Granville)
  • Paraparaumu’s First Retirement Village – Seven Oaks (Wendy Houston)
  • The history of Paraparaumu airport
  • Coastlands – New Zealand’s first mall
  • Barry Hadfield – first mayor of the Kapiti District 
  • Octavius Hadfield – legendary missionary, bishop and archbishop
  • Long term service on the Kapiti Coast District Council
  • A life in the US Marines (Larry Keim) 2020
  • Gallipoli – Myth and Reality 2020
  • Kapiti’s Changing Coastline 2020

Suggestions and assistance

If anyone has ideas for particular speakers and topics, let us know.

Also if people would like to assist with the overall organisation – present speakers, do votes of thanks, help with suppers etc .. – we would be delighted to hear from you.

We will probably have an organisational meeting at the end of the year to set things up for 2020.

–Roger Childs and John Robinson — Coordinators, Kapiti Historical Society