Note that Andy Oakley’s talk is on Tuesday, 23 February, a week later than advertised earlier.


The first law for the historian is that he shall never dare utter an untruth.
The second is that he shall suppress nothing that is untrue. Moreover there shall be no suspicion of partiality in his writing
. –Cicero De Oratore II, 62 BC

In this issue–

  • Thanks to David Hadfield who spoke in December.
  • The upcoming February session – Andy Oakley on What Happens to a Country when History is Rewritten — Tuesday, 23 February
  • Coming in March and April.
  • History Matters.

Thanks to our December speaker: David Hadfield
This was another excellent session enjoyed by an attentive audience of 51 people. David gave a great talk 12 months earlier on his famous missionary ancestor Octavius Hadfield.
Coming forward in time David spoke about his about his great-grandfather and grandfather who farmed and east and north of Paraparaumu.
It was a highly informative and entertaining sound and light show complete with music, film, tape recordings and appropriate visuals and narration.

Our February Speaker – Andy Oakley
Many members will recall Andy’s excellent talk in 2019 when he spoke about the ups and downs of growing up in Cannons Creek and how he developed an intense interest New Zealand’s history. This grew into a determination to uncover the truth about the nation’s development.
In the upcoming February talk Andy Oakley will cover why he made a Treaty of Waitangi claim to the Waitangi Tribunal in 2013. He will also examine the 1975 legislation that enabled claims to be made, what the 1840 Treaty said 1840, who wrote it, who it is addressed to, who signed it, what was in his claim, and the reaction he got from the Tribunal.

Tuesday 23 February at 7.30pm
Kapiti Uniting Church, 10 Weka Road, Raumati Beach.
 Gold coin koha. Thanks.
 A light supper will be served following the talk.

Coming up in March and April
Tuesday 23 March – John McLean speaking on Parihaka with particular emphasis on the 1881 occupation of the village by the Armed Constabulary.

Te Whiti and Tohu 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 the actions of our forces on the peninsula play a key role in establishing New Zealand’s identity?

History Matters
 Members will recall that we were considering inviting Auckland-based Martin Doutre down to give us talk on pre-Maori settlement in New Zealand. John made the approach, but unfortunately Martin is not likely to be down this way during 2021. However, he knows we are interested and that a couple of people would be happy to provide accommodation. His website has plenty of food for thought.

 The draft History Curriculum for Years 1-10 has just been released and is getting a mixed reception. Historian and former politician Michael Bassett represents the views of many. See here

 The issue of separate Maori wards on local bodies is a big story currently. There is concern that a law not allowing citizens to petition for a vote on the issue is anti-democratic. See here

You can sign a petition here

Roger Childs and John Robinson