At the end of this month the Embassy theatre will host the Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival (see: http://www.resene.co.nz/filmfestival.htm for the programme.) During the Festival the film called ‘Test of Faith’ about St Mary of the Angel’s earthquake strengthening and refurbishment is being shown. One of the times is Sunday 27 May at 12:45pm. If you are interested, we would like to invite members to attend that session and for those who would like to meet for a coffee, chat, socialise to meet upstairs at the Embassy at 11:50am. You will need to purchase your own tickets: https://www.eventcinemas.co.nz/EventsFestivals/RADFF18
Our 2018 AGM will be held on Thursday 9 August, between 5.15 – 7.00pm, at St Andrews on the Terrace. The speaker will be Barbara Mulligan and the title of her talk is: “Karori Cemetery and the 1918 flu epidemic”. This year is the centenary of the event. As the NZ History entry on the epidemic notes: “In two months New Zealand lost about half as many people to influenza as it had in the whole of the First World War. No event has killed so many New Zealanders in such a short time.” Despite its enormous impact on New Zealand society, the centenary of the epidemic has not generated a lot of publicity. Barbara’s talk promises to help correct this lack of recognition.
2018 Heritage Week
Following the great success of the inaugural Wellington Heritage Week last October, HPW Committee member David Batchelor and the Wellington Heritage Week Trust are organising a second event for 22 – 28 October 2018. This year HPW is not a co-sponsor of the Week, but we encourage HPW members to attend events. Initial information is available at the Trust’s website. This will be updated over the coming weeks.