2015 is a year of many anniversaries.
But this week there is a wonderful opportunity to upgrade your knowledge of Wellington history with the story of the arrival of the first New Zealand Company settlers and their impact upon tangata whenua – a huge change in the structure of life at Te Whanganui-a-Tara, 1840.
Today at 1 pm, Helen Riddiford will outline her story of the coming together of these two cultures as portrayed through her recently published book: A Blighted fame : George S. Evans, 1802-1868. (VUP, 2015)
Colonial founder ; the story of Hiakai and the creation of te reo Māori grammar book (London, 1837-38); accomplished speaker of the language; the unfolding legend of Ruhia Porutu, Thomas McKenzie & Dr Evans’ partially-built house (1840) ; defender of Māori under British law (1841) ; and other events.
In the recounting the story of George Evans, we discover unfolding snippets of Māori interaction and encounters with a new way of life amongst the New Zealand Company settlers. 2015 is also the 150 year anniversary of Wellington as the capital city of New Zealand This is a fine chance to hear and understand acoming together of two cultures and thebackground stories to the making of Wellington city.
Nau mai, haere mai ki tō tatou whare
Wellington City, Central Library
Friday 17 April, Ground Floor, 1 pm