Join us at the Takapuna Public Library, Level 1, on Friday 26 July at 6.00pm.

Wellington historian, author and digital communicator Jock Phillips ONZM, who created and developed the online encyclopedia, Te Ara, has been busily researching in the Turnbull Library some of the wider issues behind the Royal visits to New Zealand.

Māori and Royal Tours is a fascinating story of how Māori used the visits of royalty to emphasise their special relationship with Queen Victoria and her successors, and hoped through that special relationship to alleviate some of their issues with the New Zealand Government. It begins with the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh in 1869; looks at the great Māori hui in Rotorua in 1901; then surveys Royal tours in 1920, 1927, 1934 and 1953. Finally, Jock briefly examines subsequent events at Waitangi. The talk is richly illustrated.

Jock Philllips has published 15 books on New Zealand history including: “To The Memory: New Zealand’s War Memorials”; “Settlers: New Zealand Immigrants from England, Ireland and Scotland, 1800-1945 (with Terry Hearn); “Going Public: The Changing Face of New Zealand History” (with Bronwyn Dalley); “In the light of the past: stained glass windows in New Zealand houses” (with Chris Maclean); and “A Man’s Country: The Image of the Pakeha Male”. His recently published memoir is “Making History: A New Zealand Story” (AUP).

Refreshments at 6.00pm, talk starts at 6.30pm.
TAKA TALKS Entry is free, but donations welcome. Hats and flags optional!

Please RSVP on Takapuna Library Website, or call Lester Chung at 890 4919 or email lester.chung@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz