We are delighted to be able to get the 2023 programme underway with Anthony Dreaver talking about Camp Paekakariki next Tuesday, 14 February – see further details below. 

We have four other speakers confirmed for later months, on topics such as being a bit-part actor; Kapiti Island; the Bolton Street Cemetery and the history of the New Zealand Wine Industry.

Thanks to our December speakers: David and siblings

The Hadfields definitely did justice to father Barry. 

In David’s words:

“Barry took over the family farm in his thirties, but soon became involved in community affairs – Rotary, Primary and Secondary School Boards, Paraparaumu Town Committee, Hutt County Council, chairing the Drought Relief Committees. He was finally elected to be Mayor of the new Kapiti District Council in 1974. Following six years as Mayor he was appointed to the Local Government Commission.”

About 40 people, including many members of the wider Hadfield family, enjoyed the varied, well-illustrated talk.

Anthony Dreaver on presenting history with particular reference to Camp Paekakariki

  • Tuesday 14 February at 7.30pm
  • Kapiti Uniting Church, 10 Weka Road, Raumati Beach
  • In the hall beyond the main door and up a small set of steps.
  • All welcome
  • A koha would be appreciated.

His topic is Making it public! Camp Paekakariki.  “I would like to talk about ways of showing history to the public, using our Camp Paekakariki palisade as an example – both the challenges and the rewards.”

Anthony, a former teacher, is a local historian with a special interest in the Kapiti / Horowhenua region. He has written histories of Horowhenua County and of Levin and a biography of the multi-talented Leslie Adkin. For twelve years he edited the Otaki Historical Society’s annual Journal. As Chair of the Trust that runs Paekakariki Station Museum he curated the museum’s exhibition about three local Marines camps, A friend in need: the Paekakariki story, and is a founding member of Kapiti US Marines Trust.

Other confirmed speakers (exact dates to be finalized) 

  • March Frank Edwards, star of stage, television, advertising, film and radio
  • April John Saker on the history of our wine industry
  • May Karl Webber on a Kapiti Island theme 
  • August Priscilla Williams on the Bolton St Cemetery

Book on the new history curriculum 

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If you would like a copy e-mail me at pamandroger.childs@gmail.com

Kapiti Horticultural Society Meetings 2023

The first Friday of the month at 7.00pm from February. Educational speakers. All welcome. Free entry. Raffles, Sales Table, Supper. Flower and Vegetable Competitions. (See Josette for more information.)

Best wishes 

Roger Childs, Gordon Dickson and Larry Keim