Come and hear John Saker on the NZ Wine Industry

  • next Tuesday – 13 June
  • starting at 7.30pm.
  • at the Kapiti Uniting Church in Weka Road, Raumati Beach.
  • Everyone is welcome with a gold coin koha.


“New Zealand’s first wine was produced in 1840 and was given a glowing review by the French explorer, Dumont D’Urville. From that time, the French have quietly made telling contributions to our country’s vinous development. Today, New Zealand is the furthest outpost in the global diaspora of French grape varieties and the relationship is one of mutual interest and respect.”

Many wine buffs will have seen the documentary: “A Seat at the Table” which looked at the New Zealand Wine Industry and how it continues to gain world renown. An interesting feature was the views of long-established French winemakers on the best of our country’s whites and reds. They were impressed!

Speakers later in the year

  • Tuesday 11 July – Josh Parris on Wellington’s Predator-Free programme. (To be confirmed.)
  • Tuesday 8 August – Priscilla Williams on the Bolton St Cemetery in Wellington.
  • Tuesday 12 September –  Jock Phillips on Monuments and History
  • Tuesday 10 October – Andy Oakley on his new book: The Alien Cell Hypothesis
  • Tuesday 14 November – Chris Maclean on the history of Whitcombe and Tombs (to be confirmed)
  • Tuesday 12 December – Allen Carr on the New Zealand whaling industry (to be confirmed.)

 Thanks to our May speaker – Jeanie Morrison-Low

Jeanie gave an excellent, well-illustrated talk on the weird and wonderful devices used in the past to try and improve hearing. Those of you who didn’t make it, missed a treat. In the questions session Jeanie was happy to give good advice to those with hearing aids and those who will need them in the future! 

Worth getting along to

The opening of a new exhibition to mark the 81st Anniversary of the encampment of US Armed Forces in Kapiti (1942-44) and a screening of Meet New Zealand a new film commissioned by the Kāpiti US Marines Trust – showing highlights from the recently acquired Norm Hatch Collection – shot in New Zealand in 1943. 

This is an opportunity to hear a public talk by Film Director Steve La Hood on meeting Norm Hatch, making the film and the value of the collection of 29 films and 1500 black and white photographs to our district. When: 12.15pm, Friday June 9. Where: The Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room. 

This talk will launch a new exhibition and a screening of a film called Meet New Zealand made by Steve La Hood and the Kapiti US Marines Trust. If you are unable to attend, the Exhibition and film screenings will run through to Thursday 22 June.  

Best wishes 

 Roger Childs, Gordon Dickson and Larry Keim