Historical Society Off To A Good Start

Encouraging first meeting

By Roger Childs

Jackie Elliott

25 people attended the opening session of the new Kapiti Historical Society on Monday 13 August, and there were a number of apologies. There are currently about 35 folk on the mailing list.

Jackie Elliott welcomed those present and said that the new organisation would pick up from the society that went into recess a few years ago. (Jackie is the author of a book on the history of Raumati South.)

She emphasized that Kapiti has a rich history, from early Maori moving into the area from further north, through to the rapid expansion of district in the last few decades.

Waikanae historian, Dr John Robinson then spoke about the last battle of the inter-tribal wars on the Coast and how Ngati Raukawa and Te Atiawa became reconciled after it was over, and settled down peacefully in the area. Many became Christians.

John Robinson

He also talked about his work as a demographer with the Waitangi Tribunal and how that led to him to furthering his historical research.

He has written a number of history books since related to New Zealand History and the Treaty of Waitangi.

A second session later in the month

There will be another meeting on August 30 at 7.00pm at the Kapiti Uniting Church in Raumati.

This will be to

  • elect a committee
  • discuss the way forward
  • organise a programme for the rest of the year.

All welcome.






Hi I’m wondering if you have any records of where Archie Shaw from Poplar Avenue raumati south and his wife Muriel are buried.Also any details of the whereabouts of their musician son Danny Shaw.

Kia Ora Diane, I suggest that you contact the Kapiti Coast District Council and ask them whether Archie and Muriel are buried in any of the district’s cemeteries. Re Danny Show, I suggest you go to one of the locval ‘gigs’ and ask the musicians. The Andrew London duo plan at the Robert Harris cafe in Coastlands on Wednesdays from 0830 to 1000.

I hope this is helpful, Alan Tristram, Editor


Just wondering if you have any information on Waghorn Lodge which was somewhere near Paraparaumu. Wellington Teachers College were part owners of the Lodge back in the 60’s & 70’s. I attended Wellington Teachers College and am trying to get some information on where the Lodge was Etc for a former student who is doing an article on the Lodge for a newsletter we send out to former students. I understand that it is not there now but it was on Doc land. He has photos and memories but wondering if three is more information available. Many thanks

Ian Smith


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