We have the first three talks confirmed for 2021.

Tuesday 16 February – Andy Oakley will speak about the only valid Treaty of Waitangi – the one signed in the Bay of Islands in early February 1840 which made no mention of principles or partnerships, and did not refer to forests and fisheries. Andy will also talk about his claim to the Waitangi Tribunal. John Robinson will introduce the session.

Tuesday 16 March – John McLean speaking on the facts about Parihaka with particular emphasis on the 1881 occupation by the Armed Constabulary. Te Whiti and Toru are acclaimed in many history sources as paragons of virtue and pioneers in the practice of civil disobedience. What was the reality?

Wednesday 20 April – Roger Childs talking on the topic of Gallipoli – Myth and Reality. Should the disastrous Gallipoli campaign have such an important place in our history and did theactions of our forces on the peninsula play a key role in establishing New Zealand’s identity?

The February and April sessions have been arranged because the topics are appropriate for these months.  From May on there will be an emphasis on topics relating to the Kapiti region.  These are yet to be confirmed, but could include:

  • Glenda Robb on the history of Queen Elizabeth Park and the Kapiti Biodiversity Project.
  • David Hadfield on more about his famous family.
  • Mark Dickson on the history of our coastline and the processes that have shaped it.
  • Allen Carr on whaling in the Kapiti area.

There will be a full newsletter out in early February.

Roger Childs and John Robinson