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Carroll lecture series continues

Former Mana Party leader Hone Harawira visited Lincoln University on 20 August to present the second Sir Turi Carroll Memorial Lecture, organised by the University’s Kaitakawaenga, Maori Outreach Coordinator, Ekara Lewis.

Speaking in the Library’s Nga Kete e Toru area, Hone gave a general account of his life as a politician and an activist, and impressed his audience with the passion of his commitment to the advancement of Maori interests, particularly in Northland. 

While at the University, Hone took a particular interest in a wall poster near Ivey Hall with its biographical notes and photographs of alumnus Ihaia Trainor, a Maori and former student of Te Aute College, who was killed while flying with an RAF squadron over France in August 1944. The University has no information about Trainor’s whanau and Hone promised to take the matter in hand and identify some connections. True to his word, before the end of the week he had the whanau and other connections identified, and was even able to say there was a family connection with Lincoln University staff member Dr Amanda Black of the Bio-Protection Research Centre. 

The lecture series commemorates the life and career of distinguished Lincoln University alumnus Sir Turi Carroll (DipAg 1912, Bledisloe Medal 1940). The first speaker in the series was the Chief Judge of the Maori Land Court, Wilson Isaac.