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Manawatu Conversations-07-04-2020 - Episode 102( 0:30:22)       
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Peter McGillivray Part 1 of 2. Student at Massey Agricultural College in 1949. Milk testing. Student life, hostels, returned servicemen. Female students, C J Monro’s house. Hostel raids. Capping week. About 300 students. Hiwi Tauroa (later Race Relations Conciliator). Few Maori students. Dentist student’s skull. 4 years for a BAgSci. Limited research material in 1930s, but produced quality researchers. Malcolm McGregor Cooper. DSIR. Dairy Research Institute. Research undertaken.
Published: 4/7/2020 11:50:18 AM
Manawatu Conversations-31-03-2020 - Episode 101( 0:27:5)       
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Barbara Ingram. Friends of the Regent set up in 1995, volunteers to support the renovation and running of the Regent Theatre. Raised $1.7m in just over a year. Earlier use of the theatre. Authenticity in the restoration - the mural, carpet, linoleum. Barbara’s role in Friends of the Regent (Founding President). Uniforms, logo. Training for the ushers. Restored theatre opened 3rd May 1998. Experiences with events. “Loop” for hearing aids. Regent’s paid staff. Types of events. Midge Ure, 1st March 2020. Interest in ballet, opera, etc. (not just older people).
Published: 3/31/2020 12:26:14 PM
Manawatu Conversations-24-03-2020 - Episode 100( 0:29:23)       
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Arnie Evans part 3 of 3
Published: 3/24/2020 2:46:56 PM
Manawatu Conversations-17-03-2020 - Episode 99( 0:31:48)       
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Published: 3/17/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-03-03-2020 - Episode 98( 0:31:50)       
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Published: 3/3/2020 7:31:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-25-02-2020 - Episode 97( 0:27:53)       
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Palmerstion North floods, 1941 and 1953
Published: 2/25/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-18-02-2020 - Episode 96( 0:28:55)       
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Don and Fran Bird - Part 2 of 2
Published: 2/18/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-11-02-2020 - Episode 95( 0:27:43)       
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Don and Fran Bird - Part 1 of 2
Published: 2/11/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-04-02-2020 - Episode 94( 0:33:40)       
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Jenny Olsson - Part 2 of 2
Published: 2/4/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-28-01-2020 - Episode 93( 0:27:8)       
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Jenny Olsson - Pt 1 of 2
Published: 1/28/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-21-01-2020 - Episode 92( 0:28:12)       
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Pam Hansen 2 of 2
Published: 1/21/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-14-01-2020 - Episode 91( 0:28:33)       
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Pam Hansen, Part 1 of 2: Came to Palmerston North in 1960. Dentist husband, Mike. Grew up in Wellington, University, then trained as a teacher. In Waiouru before bought dental practice in Palmerston North. Lived in Albert Street. To London for 2 years in 1965. No car when first married. Dentists had to buy own tools. Helped for husband to be army dentist at first. Mike joined Terrace End Rotary Club in 1960. Social life. Exercise, cooked breakfasts.
Published: 1/14/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-07-01-2020 - Episode 90( 0:34:0)       
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Barbara Kingi, Part 4 of 4. Teaching in Pahiatua, teaching seniors. Helen Loveridge, 3 sons, paraplegic after car accident, in hospital for 13 years. Teachers’ Institute, women did not attend (1950s). Noisy car (pebbles in hubcaps). Divorce not allowed, but came through later. Teacher grading. Senior mistress at Takaro School. Reading training. Working with men. Adopted a boy. Became principal, made teaching her career. Why she loved teaching. What makes a good teacher?
Published: 1/7/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-31-12-2019 - Episode 89( 0:30:10)       
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Barbara Kingi, Part 3 of 4. Sole teacher at Rewa School. End of the war. American troops. Christchurch Teachers College, 1946, many returned servicemen there. Maori returned servicemen not treated the same by the government as others. Teaching at Hokowhitu School, time in hospital with suspected polio. Then Aokautere School (2 teachers). First marriage not a success. Teaching in Marton, then worked in a store, until marriage ended. Then teaching in Pahiatua.
Published: 12/31/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-24-12-2019 - Episode 88( 0:31:20)       
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Barbara Kingi, Part 2 of 4. Childhood, moving near Pahiatua, smaller homestead. Then on to sheep farm. WWII, family activities on the farm, schooling. Jack Salt and other teachers led her into teaching. Exams for public service employment when 15. Sir John Hutton. Sister a good pianist, sent to England to study during the war. Brothers in the armed forces. Donald Campbell (of speed records) connection. Teaching at Rewa with no training. Sister playing for dances at Air Force base.
Published: 12/24/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-17-12-2019 - Episode 87( 0:31:13)       
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Barbara Kingi, Part 1 of 4. Born on a sheep station in Tokomaru Bay, 1927. Small school on the station. Slate pencils. Musical father, ballroom in the house. Maori mother, European father. Exciting activities as a family. Mother’s family stories. Mother accepted into husband’s family. Whanganui Maori pronunciation guttural. Concerts for the Maori Batallion. Uncle raised family of 9 on 20 acres. An aunt had 17 children. Family moved to Gisborne. Whanganui River very busy in mid-1900s. Moved to new station by covered wagon. Book, Barb’s Memoir, in Coach House Museum.
Published: 12/17/2019 2:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-10-12-2019 - Episode 86( 0:31:10)       
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Colin Trotter, Brian Hunter and the Coach House Museum 3 of 3. Coach House Museum broadening its scope, included Vintage Machinery Club. Legal set-up requirements. Brian took over from Colin in 2005. Finding alternative premises. Offered large building in South Street. Incorporated archives also and opened May 2012. Importance of local skill base. Museum open every day. Formal functions at the museum as fund raiser. Also theatrette. Incorporating Maori perspective and more on role of women. Early European settlement in the area.
Published: 12/10/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-03-12-2019 - Episode 85( 0:33:5)       
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Colin Trotter and the Coach House Museum 2 of 3. Wagon treks for publicity, 1997-2004, up to 3 weeks, off-road. Working with horses, “pecking order”. Steep roads and no brakes. Maurice Watt wrote a book in the treks. Coach House Museum opened February 2002 in Bowen Street. Schools visiting. Need for new premises as collection grew, including farm machinery and genealogy club.
Published: 12/3/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-26-11-2019 - Episode 84( 0:31:8)       
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Colin Trotter and the Coach House Museum 1 of 3. Decision to set up the Coach House Museum. Based on Three Lakes, Wisconsin after teacher exchange in 1992. Comparison of the two places. Learning music and the Feilding Brass Band. Teenage drinking. Historic Society, 1994, Settlers Day 1995 (annually for 12 years). Horse drawn carriages (accumulated from 1964). Finding premises. Fund raising. Setting up (took several years). School involvement.
Published: 11/26/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-19-11-2019 - Episode 83( 0:31:57)       
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Brian Hunter, 3 of 3. Shepherding. Hill country, mustering. Monthly stock counts of cattle. Married and moved to the flat country as a shepherd. More opportunities on good country than in the hills. Awarded Paul Harris Fellow, Manawatu District Community Honours Award, and Rotary Centennial Award for Outstanding Community Service. Land Settlement Scheme. Tomorrow’s Schools. DCM, “Don’t come Monday”. Establishment and growth of the Coach House Museum in Feilding, now about 140 volunteers.
Published: 11/19/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-12-11-2019 - Episode 82( 0:31:7)       
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Brian Hunter, 2 of 3. Moving into a state house. Father getting rehabilitation of wounded soldiers, then office work. Brian and brother getting odd jobs while at school (9 years old). Changed from Lytton Street School to Manchester Street School. Feilding Ag.. 4th form, working on school farm. After school, father said get a trade before going farming. Apprenticed for fitting and turning (and machining and welding). Journeyman. “Foreigners” – jobs for others. Farming work once qualified. Work culture during apprenticeship – pranks, etc.. Health and safety. Dairy factory work with his journeyman.
Published: 11/12/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-05-11-2019 - Episode 81( 0:32:55)       
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Brian Hunter, 1 of 3. Born 1940, father away during the war. Early years in Rewa. Father severely wounded in Italy. Father’s war diary, parcels from home. Treatment after wounded, eventual return to New Zealand. Mothers’ ancestors German, coming to NZ in 1843, Nelson area. Education Board land. Father’s side Scottish, coal miners, came 1926. Father working on farms, but other work after the war due to wounds and losing a leg. 1948 moved to state house in Feilding.
Published: 11/5/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-29-10-2019 - Episode 80( 0:34:7)       
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John Ward. Part 2 of 2. Setting up John’s radio station. Permission to broadcast. 440 disk CD player. U3A music and video groups. Comedy, railways groups. Working on sound effects for theatre back in 1949. Recording of live shows for schools, the Operatic Society. Developments in classical music. Music from Eastern Europe After fall of Berlin Wall. Poor quality through the internet. Surround sound recording of a topdressing plane, cat and children’s reaction, 1978ish. Microphone setup for this. Early experience of stereo sound.
Published: 10/29/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-22-10-2019 - Episode 79( 0:29:7)       
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John Ward. John’s radio station. Large collection of music. Getting set up, 1998, and broadcast continuously since then. Early experience of recorded music (1940s). Funded by returning bottles. 78s, 45s, LPs at 33 RPM. CDs. Vinyl compared to 78s. Scratching rerecords. Valves versus transistors for music quality. Surround sound. Range of music in the collection. Nature of early recordings. Stereo. Poor quality of cassette recordings. 37 versions of Eroica.
Published: 10/22/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-15-10-2019 - Episode 78( 0:28:48)       
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Kathy Buurman. Born in Foxton, on dairy farm, 1950s, 212 cows. Transformed from gorse and lupin. Aorangi Marae, Feilding. Maori roots. Holidays with grandparents. Mother worked in administration at Massey University. Mother looked fair, but understood Maori. Mixed community at school, generally seen as the norm. Enjoyed school, more to play than to work. One teacher was very strict. Maori children picked out. School for her children was different – more choices, punishment different. Social events for the whole family. Musical family. Effects of mother working in 1950s. Working on the farm, ploughing at 11 or 12. Father injured in a car accident, never returned to the farm.
Published: 10/15/2019 1:15:00 PM

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