In this issue —

  • The Society’s programme – Kapiti history and more
  • Feedback on Mike Alexander’s talk last month
  • The September session – Howard Chamberlain on the Western Front
  • Details of the programme for the next three months
  • Possibilities for 2020
  • Suggestions and help

Plenty of variety

The Society is based in Kapiti, so logically we have most sessions based on a local theme or topic. Seven of our ten talks so far have been along these lines, but this month we shift to the Western Front where thousands of New Zealander served in World War One.

KHS picThe session is on Tuesday September 24 at 7.30 pm

Down the track over the next three months we will be offering plenty of variety:

  • Sailors’ Salty Language
  • Coastlands 50 Years in the making
  • The Hadfield legacy

We have over 65 people on the mailing list, but we haven’t seen some of you for a while — so come along and bring your friends!

Thanks to our July speaker: Mike Alexander

KHS Kapiti IslandMike set things in a global context by looking at the environmental crises facing the World. 

However, the major part of his talk was on his involvement in various conservation ventures from Kapiti Island to the Maungakotukutuku Valley. 

He also touched on a fascinating range of incidents and developments in Kapiti over the decades and his role in using waste from super markets on his farm and on using sawdust in soil and worm production.

The talk generated some interesting questions and plenty of discussion over supper.

Next Talk – Howard Chamberlain

Western Front visit helps understanding the period

Howard served in the Royal New Zealand Engineers (RNZE), for more than 31 years and later completed 12 years as a civilian in Defence HQ. He has also been involved with the RNZE Museum at Linton for over 50 years and was appointed Honorary Curator in the 1980s. 

KHS cimitereHe has had a keen interest in military history over many years, has written books and is an expert in mounting medals. 

Over the years he has visited :-

  • battlefields in Malaya and the Solomon Islands 
  • Gallipoli on the 75th anniversary of the ANZAC Cove landings 
  • World War 2 battle sites in Greece and Italy, including Cassino
  • The Western Front in October 2017 

Tuesday 24 September at 7.30 pm

    • Kapiti Uniting Church
    • 10 Weka Road 
    • Raumati Beach
    • Gold coin koha. Thanks

The next three months

OCTOBERParaparaumu Beach resident and former Commander of HMNZS Canterbury, John Granville, on “Sailors’ Salty Language”

NOVEMBER – A talk from Richard Mansell on Coastlands as it celebrates 50 years of operation 

DECEMBER – David Hadfield on an aspect of the Hadfield family story

2020 – some possibilities for sessions 

  • The Kapiti Coast Museum (Allan Carley)
  • Whareoa Farm (Ann Evans)
  • Paraparaumu’s First Retirement Village – Seven Oaks (Wendy Houston)
  • The history of Paraparaumu airport
  • Long term service on the Kapiti Coast District Council
  • Gallipoli – Myth and Reality 
  • Kapiti’s Changing Coastline
  • Wiremu Kingi, Te Rauparaha and Octavius Hadfield

Suggestions and assistance

KHSpicIf 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, transport 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