News & Events

Masterton Pioneer Cemetery Plaque Replaced 21 July 2015

Masterton Pioneer Cemetery Plaque Replaced

A memorial stone and bronze plaque in the Masterton Pioneer Cemetery was originally unveiled in November 1974, a donation from the Wairarapa Branch of the NZ Founders Society, by Lena Iorns, a direct descendent of Joseph Masters. The memorial was damaged in 2011 as part of the Council's rejuvenation plan for the QEII Park. A reinstatement ceremony was held on 17 April 2015.

21 July 2015

NZ Founders AGM

The NZ Founders 2015 Annual General Meeting took place on Monday 22 June 2015 at the Te Rapa Racecourse, Hamilton. A good contingent of Waikato members attended along with delegates from the branches. A main focus for the year ahead will be trying to track down existing members and re-establish the Canterbury branch of Founders. Any current members of the Canterbury branch should contact the National Office.

26 May 2015

The Story Behind the Family in our Banner Photo

The story behind our banner photo which is typical of many of the early settlers from whom the Founders Society members are descended.

8 May 2015

175th Anniversary of the First Sailing of the "Blenheim" - August 2015

The Barque Blenheim set sail from Greenock, Scotland on the 25th of August 1840 with 197 Scots, most in family groups, arriving in Port Nicholson [Wellington] at Kaiwharawhara on the 27th of December 1840.

To mark this 175 years of settlement in New Zealand arrangements are in place to hold dinners In Auckland on the 22nd & Wanganui on the 25th of August to mark the Blenheim’s departure, and a picnic at Kaiwharawhara Park in Wellington on the 27th of December 2015 to mark the arrival.

Hawke's Bay Branch President Retires 8 May 2015

Hawke's Bay Branch President Retires

At the Hawke's Bay Founders AGM in March, long standing President, Nanette Roberts, stood down after 19 years in the position. Nanette has done an amazing job at President. She thrived on the companionship she found within Founders, and was very dedicated to making every outing or meeting memorable for our members.