Kotare Anniversary - 6 March 2009

On Saturday 6th March Kotare Trust (Research and Education for Social Change) celebrated its 10th Anniversary.  Tangata Whenua from the Kaipara Harbour with whom the Kotare community have developed a good working relationship over the years, honoured the centre with their presence, supporting them with the powhiri and the hangi.
Approximately 80 friends, supporters, trustees and people who have attended  workshops participated by speaking during the powhiri and making suggestions of how Kotare might now approach the difficult years ahead.
Sue Bradford MP offered a speech in honour of Dr John Colquhoun, a true friend of Workers’ Education and unveiled a plaque in memory of him.  Noelene Landrigan rsj spoke of Fr John Curnow and his work amongst struggling peoples of Aotearoa, the Pacific and Asia and his use of structural and cultural analysis as his liberating tool. A photo and short biography of Fr John was unveiled in the main entrance.
Noelene also thanked Bill and Sue Bradford and family for having the vision and courage to purchase the 51 acres with the Sisters, and risking all to enable Kotare to have a place to begin.  Tim Howard, thanked the Sisters of St Joseph for their on-going support and contribution to the Kotare project.
In-between these formal presentations there was opportunity to catch up with old friends who had travelled far and wide to be there for the day.  Fr Peter Healy and Fr Terry Dibble returned to celebrate, and to have a look around Kingfisher Farm.


Guests gathered at the front entrance to unveil the memorial to Dr John Colquhoun.

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