As her project in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program, Kinsa Hays started a branch of ‘Red Hatters’ in Upper Hutt, New Zealand, creating a social group of older women who are undertaking a variety of outings.
The Red Hat Society is an international organization inspired by a poem by Jenny Joseph which begins “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me”. The leader of each fun-loving group is called a queen; their clothing, regalia.
According to an article in The Dominion Post, ‘Queen Kinsa’, as Mrs. Hays is known in the group, saw a need for a such a group in Upper Hutt which would allow women to be social, be fully self-expressed, and take part in a variety of interesting activities. The first outing of the group featured a lunch at the Mayfair Cafe after a ride on the Silver Steam Rail.
Future events are also being planned – the group is considering a train trip to Wairarapa to visit antique shops, travel toÂ Akatarawa Valley and/or Matiu-Somes Island, or other shopping, pampering or shooting excursions.