Author Gordon McLauchlan speaking in Tamahere

Jun 24th, 2017 | By | Category: Latest News, Local Events

Gordon McLauchlan, author and social commentator, will inform and entertain with insights on New Zealanders (the Passionless People of his famous book title) in Tamahere on Sunday, July 2.

Author Gordon McLauchlan will be speaking in Tamahere on Sunday, July 2

Best known as a cultural critic and a social historian, the popular and prolific writer’s latest book is Great Tales from Rural New Zealand.

He has written a number of best-sellers including The Passionless People, a social commentary on New Zealanders (1976), and The Farming of New Zealand, a history of NZ agriculture (1981). Both have been updated and reprinted, in 2012 and 2007, respectively.

It was McLauchlan’s decades of acute observation of both rural and urban life that prompted the invitation for him to appear in Tamahere. It came from Green Party candidate for Waikato Philippa Stevenson, who will host the event to be held at the St Stephen’s Tamahere Church hall from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday, July 2.

“There are very few people in New Zealand that have Gordon’s breadth of vision of New Zealand. He has been observing and writing about New Zealanders for more than 60 years.

“I think that gives him a unique and valuable perspective that I wanted Waikato people to hear,” Stevenson said. “Anyone who has heard him on radio or television will knows he’s also irreverent, incisive and charming.”

Politics is often criticised for its short term nature but McLauchlan was well placed to give people the long term view of how New Zealand got to the state it is in today, Stevenson said.

“That’s a healthy view to hear and I hope people will come along to meet Gordon because it will give them a chance to consider and discuss issues at length. That’s a pretty unique thing in itself when many of us are caught up in expressing ourselves in 140 characters or less.”

McLauchlan, who also edited the NZ Journal of Agriculture as well as writing books on farming and key agricultural characters, will also comment on the current state of NZ agriculture and the rural/urban divide.

Stevenson said that while no books will be on sale at the event McLauchlan was happy to sign copies of his books that people already have in their collections.

“We wonder how many copies of The Passionless People or McMeekan, A Biography, and others of his works might be unearthed from Waikato people’s homes,” she said.

A light afternoon tea will be available. Entry fee will be $5 to cover costs.

Event details

Date: Sunday, July 2
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: St Stephen’s Tamahere Church hall, corner of Airport Rd and Tamahere Drive

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