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E ngā mata ā waka o te motu, tenā koutou katoa
(All groups throughout the land, greetings to you all)
As I write it is the end of another successful Family History Month, which this year opened with our Fair’s launch with Dr Jo Appleby and closed with the first meeting of our NSW members as a new group forms in Sydney.
In between there were activities around the country, including the most valuable visit of Diane Loosle from FamilySearch in Salt Lake City. I do hope you all were able to participate in an event somewhere.
New Zealand’s Family History Fair 2013 was a huge success, and many are asking when will the next Fair be? Planning has commenced for a Fair 12, 13 and 24 June 2015 at the Vodafone Events Centre Manukau has begun, you might want to mark the date in your calendar now so you can be sure to attend. Special thanks go to Sandra Metcalfe, her team and all those who volunteered to help in this tremendously successeful event.
Usually my message is all about the present and the future, but this issue I must reflect on Family History Month, not only the Fair’s success and meeting so many members around the country thanks to FamilySearch’s support of travel to six centres around New Zealand, but personally the first ever schools day was a highlight and a milestone for me. New Zealand’s school system plants the seeds of interest in family history and personal identity and we were able to water those seeds for those nearly 450 students who attended the Fair. I will be interested to see where this initial day will take us.
Plans are also underway for a move of our offices, NZSG Library and Family Research Centre to somewhere that doesn’t leak! By the time you read this, packing will be underway, as we need to move by the end of November.
This issue of the magazine has a lot of Society business to attend to including a full pullout in the centre of the contact list for the Society’s Branches and Interest Groups.
Next year is an even year and hence a year in which we need to elect a new Council to oversee the running of the NZSG. So in the October issue of the NZ Genealogist and on the website in the Council Elections page you will find information about how to nominate a member to stand for the following positions:
See Council news in the Council Communications page in the “Member’s Area” of our website for more details.
There are lots of other highlights this issue, with articles from members about their family treasures.
So where to next for our magazine? Well the December’s issue will be about Summer Holidays: a time of family get togethers and traditions, old and new. Our New Zealand culture of baches and cribs, pavola’s and special meals and activities together. Do remember to share your stories with us all by writing to Bruce editor
Hei kona mai
Bye for now
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