Kapi-Mana News : June 28th 2011
9 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 28, 2011 NEWS The Mad Butcher's Fresh New Zealand PORK SALE! Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971. www.madbutcher.co.nz Offers valid from Mon 27th June - Sun 3rd July. All Stores Open 7 Days Serving suggestion only Save $4.30kg off our everyday low price! Pork Leg & Shoulder Roasts $6.99 kilo only $10 only .99 kilo Pork Shoulder Chops Pork Loin Chops $6 only .99 kilo 3763160AD PORIRUA SHOPPING CENTRE (Opposite Countdown), PORIRUA PH: 238 2563 Better qualifications = Better jobs = More money!! www.pei.ac.nz Enquire Today PH: 0800 22 55 97 Te Wahi Akonga Dream it - Live it We offer a range of courses including: Business Administration & Computing Small Business Management MYOB® Training PracTESOL® (Teach English to speakers of other languages) Learn new skills in your own home at your own pace. Old suitcase Tawa history treasure By KRIS DANDO Tome of knowledge: Tawa Historical Society chairman Bruce Murray is confident the newly-released book Arthur Carman's Suitcase will become a resource for local people to find out more about their suburb. Who knew so much information could be found in one suitcase? Tawa Historical Society s latest publication is their biggest yet -- at 156 pages -- and the organis- ation s chairman Bruce Murray is an excited man. Arthur Carman's Suitcase is something he and co-author David Wood have worked on-and-off at for nearly two years and to see it in print is a big deal. This man was well worth writing about, a fascinating guy and one of of the great service leaders of our time. It s a bonus that Arthur Carman, who died in 1982, aged 80, lived most of his life in Tawa, for it provides Mr Murray with a rich amount of fodder to write a colourful history. Mr Carman, a bookseller who lived in Iti (now Kowhai) St was a long-standing borough councillor, established both the New Zealand Cricket and Rugby almanacks -- out of his own pocket -- and held positions on the Wellington Hos- pital and Hutt Valley Electric boards. He was prominent in the Methodist Church, holding bible classes for more than 100 children in his own home, and he recorded much about local history. Mr Carman s Tawa Flat and the Old Porirua Road was a starting point for much of the work the Historical Society do today. He was enormously influential and while not an intellectual, was a deep thinker about issues and history. He was the only press cor- respondent that went with the 1924-25 All Blacks [the Invincib- les], just extraordinary. And he was arrested and imprisoned for preaching pacifism [during World War II]. He was a deeply committed Christian, even though he never forced his views upon anyone. In terms of local his- tory, he s a goldmine, someone who collected facts and figures, photos and documents going back to the 1840s. Much of these documents were con- tained in an old suitcase bound by twine. It was given to Mr Murray by the Carman fam- ily following Arthur s death. Like the suit- case, Arthur was, in the best sense of the words, simple and straightforward, says the book s fore- word. He did not seek limelight. He did what had to be done. Like the suit- case, he gave ser- vice, and he gave it in many directions, and over a long period of time. The suitcase contained newspaper clippings, annual reports, agendas and minutes, photographs, maps, title searches and even letters, death notices and Elsdon Best s writings. In all, it was more than 20 years of accumulated data, Mr Murray says. Wood and Murray had huge co- operation from the Carman fam- ily, who no longer live in the area The book costs $30 and is avail- able at Tawa Library or through the society. An initial print run of 150 has sold well, Mr Murray says. The official launch will be at the Tawa Community Centre -- which used to house the old borough council chambers where Mr Carman spent a lot of time -- on July 4 from 6pm. The society has Volume 3 of Best of Tawa coming out before year s end, along with another book on the old Tawa Hall, where the Salvation Army store is now. The society hopes that as part of Tawa History Week 2012, it will have a major photographic display set up in the community centre.
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