Kia ora: The original newsletter had the Streehitakarini Report. Our Internet version is briefer, but take an opportunity to find out more about this wonderful charitable organisation.

*  Last Meeting: An interesting discussion on an alternative, Italian Roman Catholic, view of NZ history.

*  May Monthly Meeting: Monday 2 May 7.30 pm Turnbull House. Wellington. All welcome. Topic: The Papacy. Discussion around the influence of John Paul II and where Benedict VI might lead the Roman Catholic Church.

* Radio Access: 11 am 783 kHz Sunday 8 May. Two CD’s have been compiled of past programmes and are now available. This is an endeavor to make available the excellent material that Jeff and Joan produce in this monthly programme. If you are interested, please e-mail Jeff or write to the NZ Humanist Society.

* Winter Solstice 2005: Sunday 19 June. We will visit our commemorative trees on Wright’s Hill at 11am followed by a pot luck lunch at the Middleton’s from 1pm, 17 Allen Tce, Tawa. You are welcome to either or both, please phone 232 4497 for any changes due to weather on the day, or help with transport.

* Civil Union, 1 May: John Jolif and Des Smith will celebrate their union and have invited the public to join a parade across Civic Square, Wellington in the late afternoon. Members of The Humanist Society will be there and a congratulatory card has been sent by the Committee.

* Committee-Council Meetings: Sunday 8 May 10.45 am at Iain and Gaylene’s 17 Allen Tce, Tawa.

* Magazine: Note from your friendly webmaster: – Magazine 155 has been posted. All paid members should have a copy in their letterbox. Also available in main libraries. Recommended reading.

* Email discussion group: Is operating now on Yahoo at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nzhumanism Have you registered to meet with other members via the world wide web?

* Subscriptions: Thanks to all of you who have returned a subscription. In these days of volunteer burnout, it does give a lift to the energy to ‘keep on keeping on.’ As I write, Iain is sorting the ‘hot off the press’ NZ Humanist for posting tomorrow. If a reminder is sent to you and you are already current please accept our apology.

* Streehitakarini:: We have received the Indian organisation’s 40th Annual Report. Our Society has donated to Streehitakarini.

* Quotable Quote: heard on TV news item “in poverty we are united, in wealth we are divided.”