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Aotearoa and the French - Part I

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The Aotearoa and The French Part I
For our first evening, we are glad to have Doug Hill that will talk to us about the early French settlers, and Bishop Pompallier, after introducing himself and his whakapapa.

A recommended koha donation of $5 includes a light buffet/ amuse bouche of early settlers food and beverages.
Booking is required (for catering purpose)
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On that first evening:
• Early explorers
• First Catholic Bishop of Aotearoa New Zealand, Jean Baptiste François Pompallier (1802-1871)
Bishop Jean Baptiste François Pompallier headed the French Catholic missionary efforts in New Zealand and arrived in the Hokianga district in 1838. He spent 30 years in New Zealand, returning to France in 1869 and dying there in 1871.
Pompallier was not celebrated in France but New Zealanders remembered him and visited and tidied his grave in Puteaux near Paris.
Efforts to return Pompallier to New Zealand gained momentum in the 1990s.
• An introduction to the life of Mother Marie Joseph Aubert ( also known as Suzanne Aubert, a French woman among the Māori)
(19 June 1835, Saint-Symphorien-de-Lay, France- 1 October 1926, Wellington)
Known as the French woman that lived among the Māori, Sister Suzanne Aubert is also well known as Mother Mary Joseph. She was well revered in the North Island communities, (Auckland, Hiruhārama, Wellington, Hawkes bays..)
Sister Suzanne was fluent in Te Reo Māori and learnt the Māori healing and medicine from an acquainted Sister Peata. (...)
On our second evening on the 16th of April, we will discover more about Suzanne Aubert, and Mary Hill will talk to us about the life and achievement of Father Antoine Marie Garin, a french Marist that has done a lot for Aotearoa, Nelson, North Island and education.

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