Each year, a significant thinker, scholar or academic in New Zealand society is invited to reflect upon the issues that engaged Sir Paul and that he was passionate about…justice, fairness and equality for all people.
His values emerged from a spirituality that encompassed both traditional and progressive thought and which underpinned his whole life. The Memorial Lecture advances public understanding and debate about significant issues of contemporary interest.
Here is his story, written by Gavin Maclean, Senior Historian at Manatū Taonga, Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
The Inaugural Vaughan Park Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture held at Vaughan Park on 16 July 2012 has been memorialised in the grounds of the Centre.
Prior to Professor Sir Mason Durie delivering the Lecture, a Kowhai tree was planted and a bronze plaque was placed beside the tree. During the Festival of Mātāriki there was a blessing of the tree to mark this significant occasion.