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MĀORI HISTORY TALKS, January 2021St. George’s Anglican Parish, Gate Pā in Tauranga, is once again offering a summer series of free public lectures. The Church sits on the site of the Battle of Gate Pā-Pukehinahina. Each year it offers a free lecture series to help people understand our history and how it shapes our present.The first two talks in this series are:Sunday 24 January, 7:00pm“The story of the early CMS missionaries in New Zealand” with Lt Col Dr Cliff Simons.Cliff is a well-known historian, speaker and author who specialises in New Zealand’s colonial and military history. He recently released the book: Soldiers, Scouts and Spies, a military history of the New Zealand Wars 1845-1864. Cliff will be placing the story of the early missionaries within an historical context so that we can better understand their enormous contributions, for better and for worse, in the nineteenth century and we’ll also examine their legacy today.Sunday 31 January, 7:00 pm“The Battle of Pukehinahina-Gate Pā” with Buddy Mikaere and Lt Col Dr Cliff Simons. Buddy is a former Director of the Waitangi Tribunal and is a consultant, author and historian. In Tauranga he represents the environmental interests of several local iwi/hapu in their interface with local councils and developers. Buddy and Cliff are the co-authors of the book: Victory at Gate Pā?Buddy and Cliff will explore both why this battle happened, what happened during the battle, and the aftermath and its importance for all of us living in Tauranga today. They will offer both their up to date research done for their book published in October 2018, and the work they have done since for the reprint.St George’s Church operates with the kaupapa of let everyone who enters here be reconciled. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion at the end of each lecture. A koha will be collected at the door to help cover the costs.These lectures are held at St. Georges Anglican Church, corner of Cameron Rd and Church St, Gate Pā, Tauranga, on the hill next to the Mega Mitre 10.
These talks have been organised by St. George’s Anglican Parish at Gate Pā in Tauranga. EarthDiverse is currently organising a Māori History series of talks coming up in Future Terms. Stay tuned for more information!
Multicultural Tree Planting – July or August 2021
date to be announced soon
EarthDiverse, the Waikato Interfaith Council, the Waikato Multicultural Council, GoEco, Kaivolution, Tui 2000, Friends of Waiwhakareke, the Bahá’í Community, Waikato Biodiversity Forum, Artmakers Trust and the Hamilton City Council are co-organising a Community-wide tree planting event to take place in Hamilton on Saturday XX July 2021, 10:30am-1:30pm (Rain Date in case of absolutely awful weather will be on Saturday X July or X August). Bring a spade or shovel, gumboots, appropriate outdoor weather gear (e.g. hat, rain gear, sunglasses), some gardening gloves, water and a big smile. If you don’t want to dig there are other ways to help out (like bringing a small food donation, or helping with setting out and serving a light lunch). A light lunch will be served (courtesy of Kaivolution, GoEco, WIFCO, the Bahá’í Community and others). Please bring your own plates, cutlery or mugs in order to minimise waste. 100 people would mean planting 5-10 saplings each. Mark this date in your diaries now! Come and help offset your carbon usage!
September 2021 – National Interfaith Forum 2021: The 13th National Interfaith Forum, originally scheduled for the weekend of Friday 11 September through Sunday 13 September 2020 in Tauranga, has been postponed until September 2021 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The National Interfaith Forum, cosponsored by the Tauranga Moāna Interfaith Council and the Waikato Interfaith Council, will be rescheduled for a future date as soon as the organising committee has enough information in order to reschedule. Stay tuned for more information, we hope coming soon!
Waikato Interfaith Council Annual Interfaith Service – 3rd Sunday in November 2021. Date to be announced soon. 4:00-5:30pm. Hamilton City Council Reception Lounge. Multifaith service 4:00-5:30pm, followed at 5:30-6:00pm with tea/coffee social. Details coming soon.