Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Major biography of Richard Seddon launched by David Cunliffe

Major new biography of Richard Seddon launched by his great great-nephew, the Hon. David Cunliffe

Richard Seddon was New Zealand’s longest-serving Prime Minister and regarded as a formidable and colourful leader. Now, Hon. David Cunliffe, aims to follow in his great great-uncle's footsteps as he campaigns in Westland and seeks to run the country.

The Hon. David Cunliffe will join others to officially launch Professor Tom Brooking’s biography Richard Seddon: King of God’s Own, published by Penguin Group NZ, and preside over a significant and memorable event to be held at Hokitika's Regent Theatre onSaturday, September 6, at 5.30pm. The event will be attended by some of Seddon’s direct descendants; the oldest present will help cut the launch ribbon at the opening ceremony. Mike Havill, Mayor of Westland District, will also address the event, which has been organised by Bruce Watson, co-owner of Take Note Hokitika and the Theatre Society's President.

The evening of entertainment will also feature an illustrated account by Tom Brooking about how he came to research and write Richard Seddon: King of God’s Own; a large slide screen show of historic photographs from the Hokitika Museum Collection; oral history recordings; music; and a book signing. Tickets are $10 and include a complimentary glass of wine or beer and light refreshments; these can be purchased online at www.hokitikaregent.com or direct at Hokitika’s Regent Theatre. Doors open at 5pm for drinks and book purchases; a cash bar will operate before and after the launch.

Richard Seddon made his mark in Westland and in 1904 said: “I love the West Coast and its people. Death alone will separate us.” Therefore, what better place to celebrate his life and work, than with the national launch of a major, new biography, Richard Seddon: King of God’s Own.

Tom Brooking’s biography was instigated by the late Michael King and sets a new benchmark in New Zealand history writing. Paul Moon, author of New Zealand in the Twentieth Century, described it as “the definitive biography of one of New Zealand’s most influential political leaders. Absorbing, far-reaching and elegantly articulated, it reframes and repositions one of our most eminent leaders and foremost founding fathers of modern New Zealand.

Professor Tom Brooking holds a personal chair in history at the University of Otago, where he has taught courses in New Zealand, Australian and British history, as well as political biography, since 1978. He specialises in environmental and political history, and the connections between Scotland and New Zealand.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Game Review: Until Dawn - Pick Your Own Horrible Adventure

Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn sees a group of dumb sexy teenagers take a trip to a spooky mansion atop a mountain. It is, obviously, a horror game. However, the game is so ridiculous it turns out to be more of a comedy. More>>

John McBeth: Our World Cup All Blacks

Forty or fifty years ago nobody really had any idea of what the selectors had in mind. There were often several trials, which sometimes featured over 150 players, possibly an inter island match or a final trial, then we listened to the announcement of the team on radio. The players weren't flown into the capital for a parliamentary function... More>>

ALSO:

Game Review: Midsomer Murders Meets First Year Philosophy

Developed by The Chinese Room, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture sees the player exploring what appears to be a recently abandoned idyllic English village trying to figure out where everybody's gone. Spoiler: they've gone to the rapture. (On a serious note, this review contains plot spoilers.) More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Clear Science

It was really after his move to Wellington, to Victoria University, that it became apparent that Sir Paul Cllaghan was much more than an eminent physicist... More>>

ALSO:

Francis Cook: Weekend SportzMania! All Blacks! Netball!

Sports were on all weekend. I normally don’t write about sports but with Richie McCaw tipped to be the next Prime Minister, and Colin Craig arguing sports are almost as important as politics, I thought “what better time to start!” More>>

ALSO:

Beervana: Aussie Pav Beer Declared Taste Of NZ

In a surprising upset, an Australian beer modelled on the pavlova, created by Brisbane brewery Newstead Brewing, the 250 Beers blog and Scratch Bar, has been announced the winner at the Beervana craft beer festival ‘Flag Brew’ competition, which challenged media and brewing teams to capture the distinctive taste of New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news