Hastings District Libraries and The French Association of Hawke’s Bay present a talk byJessie Munro, prize-winning author of The Story of Suzanne Aubert, at Hastings Library on Saturday 7 July at 2pm.
With her full and accurate biography of Suzanne Aubert, Jessie won the 1997 Montana NZ Book of the Year Award and the New Zealand Society of Authors E. H. McCormick Award for Best First Book of Non-Fiction.
During her exceptional life in New Zealand, Suzanne Aubert studied Rongoa – traditional Maori medicine, and successfully combined Māori and Western medicines. She was the first to commercially extract New Zealand native plants. She taught, studied, wrote and published numerous works of Māori language.
Mother Aubert lived in Hawke’s Bay in the 1870s and nursed both Māori and Pakeha.
With her sisters she opened the earliest childcare and disabled centres in New Zealand, a soup kitchen and a hospital. These services were open to everyone regardless of race or creed, free of charge.
Come along to hear her story – this is a free event.
An exhibition of Suzanne Aubert artefacts is on display in Hastings Library during Matariki. There is also a DVD playing plus photographs of the Jerusalem settlement (on display on the balcony wall).