Sir John Logan Campbell Lecture: Immigrants in Auckland
16 September 2013
Second annual Sir John Logan Campbell Lecture: The Contribution of Immigrants to Auckland
The role of immigrants in Auckland’s past, present and future will be the focus for the second annual Sir John Logan Campbell Lecture, on Tuesday 24 September.
Mayor Len Brown established the annual lecture series in 2012, to honour the legacy of the ‘father of Auckland’.
The 2013 lecture, at the Auckland Town Hall, will be given by journalist Rod Oram, himself a migrant to Auckland, who settled here in the late 1990s.
“I often return to the words and works of Sir John Logan Campbell for insight into Auckland’s early days and development, and inspiration for guiding it into its future,” says Len Brown. “I am pleased that Rod Oram will be bringing his own experience as a migrant, as well as his keen insights into Auckland life to present this year’s lecture.”
Rod Oram says Auckland is very different today from the place where Logan Campbell built the first colonial shop and house.
“There were perhaps some 20,000 Maori living in the region. Today we Aucklanders number 1.5 million. We are an immigrant city. Our forebears and we have come from around New Zealand and the world to make this our home. Reflecting the beauty of our location and the rich diversity and talents of our people, we have made Auckland one of the most delightful cities in the world,” says Rod Oram.
“By the time our city celebrates its bicentenary in 2040, some 2.5 million of us will live here. We could turn this growth to good or ill – to create a city that shows the world a distinctive, vivacious style or urban life and work; or a city that stumbles along devaluing its people and place. Likely, we’ll succeed because the bountiful spirit of the place, of Tāmaki Makaurau, will have its way with us, as it did with John Logan Campbell.”
Sir Logan John Campbell was a prototype Aucklander and Auckland leader. He held various important political posts, was associated with the city’s major financial enterprises, promoted educational and artistic activities, and made many gifts to the city, Cornwall Park the best known.
The Sir John Logan Campbell Lecture series is designed to provide a contemporary reflection on Auckland’s development, while referencing our past. The inaugural lecture was delivered by New Zealand’s pre-eminent Sir John Logan Campbell scholar, Emeritus Professor Russell Stone.
Councillor Sandra Coney, chair of the Parks, Recreation and Heritage Committee says “These lectures, started in the year marking the centenary of Sir John Logan Campbell’s death, are designed to entertain, challenge and engage us, and connect our past, present and future.”
The Sir John Logan Campbell Lecture is in the Reception Lounge, Level 2, Auckland Town Hall on Tuesday 24 September, at 7pm (people are asked to arrive no later than 6.45pm for a prompt start). Entry is free although bookings are essential. To book, email email@example.com or phone (09) 354-8758.