by Jennifer Ramshaw

A reminder about our event: 

  • On Sunday 6 September 
  • In the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room.
  • At 2:00 pm. 

Jock Phillips on statues

What should we do about ‘offensive’ statues? The issue has caused fierce debate in England, United States and here in New Zealand. Changing perceptions of history have put at risk memorials to Cecil Rhodes in Oxford, Robert E. Lee in the Deep South and John Ballance in Whanganui. The reason was that these men, passionately admired in their time, came to fame partly at the expense of people who have since risen from powerlessness.

Some years ago, historian Jock Phillips and his friend, Waikanae writer Chris Maclean, wrote a study of New Zealand’s war memorials, so the subject of representing ideas and emotions in the form of statuary is one to which he has given a lot of thought. 

Jock’s career, as described in his memoir, Making History, moved from university teaching to New Zealand’s public history. He became Chief Historian for the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, an advisor at Te Papa and editor of the New Zealand Online Encyclopedia, Te Ara. 

Then at around 2:45 pm we’ll serve light refreshments and you can chat to Jock.

Creative writing winners

At 3:00 pm Adrienne Jansen will announce her selection and present the prizes to the winners in our creative writing competition.  And we hope the prize winners will read their stories.

In the spirit of keeping calm and carrying on you may wish to wear a face mask.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.