WAIKATO AND KING COUNTRY AGM AND REUNION
Next Meeting: Sunday 8 April, 2018, midday, The Boatshed, Lake Karapiro
Contact: Email Sylvia Bethell: email@example.com or phone 027 227 6516 or 07 866 5699
Report from our meeting in March:
The tables were set with white and pink dahlias in baskets, setting the scene for the annual Waikato AGM lunch. The event was held at The Boatshed, Karapiro a lovely venue with gardens rolling down to the Waikato River. Penelope Peebles, Vice President of the SCOGA, Sarah Powrie, Alumnae Manager, joined us for the day along with BOP members.
Hugs and chatter got louder and louder as we arrived, and Old Girls enjoyed catching up and hearing all the news.
Our Guest Speaker was Dr Mere Roberts (Middleton). Mere spoke about her family history and her work, she is of Māori and Pakeha descent and had some fascinating tales to tell about her grandfather and great-grandfather’s lives. She taught at the University of Auckland Schools of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Environmental Sciences before being appointed Head of Science at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, one of three Māori tertiary educational institutions. Mere is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Auckland. Her research interests are in indigenous knowledge systems and ecological knowledge, with a focus on matauranga putaiao (Māori scientific knowledge).
Mere is an amazing woman and we were very interested to hear her speak.
Sylvia thanked everyone for coming and making the day so special.
We look forward to seeing you next year.
Please contact Marg Shorter on firstname.lastname@example.org for information about reunions in Perth.