In this issue

  • Feedback on John Granville’s talk last month
  • The forthcoming November session – Richard Mansell on “Coastlands: 50 Years in the Making” – Tuesday 19 November
  • Brief details of December’s talk from David Hadfield
  • Possible sessions for 2020

Thanks to our October speaker, John Granville (see our article here)

The November speaker – Chief Executive of Coastlands: Richard Mansell

Coastlands old

50 years ago to the month Coastlands opened its doors to the public. In the early years before Saturday trading was the norm, Coastland was a magnet for weekend shoppers and hundreds would travel by car and train from Wellington.

In the 1970s, it was small by today’s standards of shopping malls and there were shops, businesses and food outlets upstairs as well as down.

However, over the last 50 years there have been numerous makeovers and a massive expansion of food outlets and shops including many national retail chains.

Come along and hear Richard — it should be a very interesting and informative talk about how the Kapiti Coast’s biggest retail complex has evolved over 50 years.

Tuesday 19 November at 7.30 pm
Kapiti Uniting Church
10 Weka Road, Raumati Beach
Enter via the main church door.
Gold coin koha. Thanks
A light supper will be served following the talk.

Final talk of the year — 17 December – David Hadfield on Octavius Hadfield


2020 – shaping up a programme of speakers

  • Kapiti’s Changing Coastline (Professor Mark Dickson) – confirmed for Tuesday 31 March
  • Gallipoli – Myth and Reality – confirmed for April
  • Whareoa Farm (Ann Evans) – confirmed, probably May
  • Paraparaumu’s First Retirement Village – Seven Oaks The history of Paraparaumu airport
  • The Kapiti Coast Museum (Allan Carley)
  • Key figures in Kapiti’s early-mid 19th century history — Wiremu Kingi, Te Rauparaha and Octavius Hadfield

Suggestions for topics and speakers are always very welcome.

–Roger Childs and John Robinson, Coordinators of the Kapiti Historical Society