Sir Kingi Matutaera Ihaka and the Auckland Anglican Māori Club

On Sunday 8th October the Auckland Anglican Māori Club celebrated its 50th anniversary at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre with a Thanksgiving Service. Sir Kingi Matutaera Ihaka  dedicated himself to all  aspects of Māoritanga and played an important part in the flourishing of contemporary kapa haka. Sir Kingi was also  meticulous at documenting  his … More Sir Kingi Matutaera Ihaka and the Auckland Anglican Māori Club

“Entirely from Nature”: Art Lessons at St John’s Collegiate School

While working on a research request I came across this advertisement for drawing, painting and sketching lessons at St John’s College to be taught by Wilhelm Dittmer. This piece of ephemera is held in our ‘St John’s School and King’s College’ collection of papers. Herr Dittmer was a German-born artist who had arrived New Zealand … More “Entirely from Nature”: Art Lessons at St John’s Collegiate School

William Charles Cotton, the Bee Master of St John’s College

Honey bees are our friends. Much of the  human food supply relies on honey bee pollinating services.  Aotearoa/New Zealand has 28 native bee species, but none of these have the crop pollinating abilities of honey bees, so essential to our present diet. Records show that Mary Bumby, the sister of a Methodist missionary,  brought two … More William Charles Cotton, the Bee Master of St John’s College

The Powder Plot

On the 5th of November 1605, a group of English Catholics attempted to blow up the House of Lords with 36 barrels of gunpowder. Catholics in England had faced heavy persecution from the British Crown after the split from the Roman Church by the British monarchy and the Church of England. The authorities were warned by a letter … More The Powder Plot

College Life at the John Kinder Theological Library Archives

There is a new display in the library for the St John’s College classes of 1979 to 1981 who held a reunion here over the weekend (22nd-24th July). This display presents items from the archives held at the John Kinder Theological Library relating to the College of St John the Evangelist.  It includes class photographs, … More College Life at the John Kinder Theological Library Archives