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Manawatu Conversations 09-08-2022 - Episode 221 - Mary Roberts 1 of 2( 0:27:38)       
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Mary Roberts Part 1 of 2. Came to New Zealand in 1962, £10 Pom. Work in government Statistics Dept.. First observations of NZ. Casual attitude to work, like in Roger Hall’s “Glide Time”. Going to a Ball. Dance etiquette. A rugby team party. Comparison with English parties. Experience of work in England compared to NZ. Equal pay in 1962. Contact with family in England, letters and aerograms. Friends mainly English and Dutch. Social life. The Kiwi weekend, shops closed.
Published: 9/08/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 02-08-2022 - Episode 220 - Hugh Nolan, Part 5 of 5( 0:27:58)       
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Hugh Nolan, Part 5 of 5. A Beefeater, given the uniform and had his own special hat made. Learning the script for a 6-stop tour of the Tower (about 30 pages). Language issues (Patrick was the first non-British Beefeater). Beefeater No.351. Unusual questions from the public. Public misconceptions (Braveheart). How tours work. Noisy distractions. Blue regular and red ceremonial uniforms. The red uniform is heavily padded. Accents. Breeding somali kittens, featured in a Japanese article.
Published: 2/08/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 26-07-2022 - Episode 219 - Hugh Nolan, Part 4 of 5( 0:28:5)       
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Hugh Nolan, Part 4 of 5. Return from the Antarctic and seeing water from rain. Staffing Brookfield Scout Camp: an angry rat; bookings and developments. Trained to be a driving instructor. Why stopped instructing civilians. Sold up and went to England to be a Beefeater. Living in the Tower of London. A kestrel. The Tower ravens: character; and death; chasing a cat.
Published: 26/07/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 19-07-2022 - Episode 218 - Hugh Nolan 3 of 5( 0:28:5)       
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Visit to the Tower of London. Applying to be a Beefeater. 6 months in Base, Scott Antarctica, 1982: working in the cold; deceptive distances; leisure activities; whales; radio shifts talking to field parties; scallops can see; fresh fruit.
Published: 19/07/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 12-07-2022 - Episode 217 - Hugh Nolan, Part 2 of 5.( 0:28:41)       
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A forward observer in Vietnam. The 1968 Tet offensive. Little contact with local Vietnamese. Problem fighting terrorism. A helicopter in Afghanistan. Politicians and decisions to use the military. A military family, the mindset. Hugh Blair. Serving in Sinai in 1980s. Dawn’s father in WWII. The Egyptians were friendly. Visiting Masada. Traffic in Egypt and Vietnam. Travel when living in England. Retiring from the military. Post-retirement holiday, about 1990.
Published: 12/07/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 05-07-2022 - Episode 216 - Hugh Nolan, Part 1 of 5( 0:29:46)       
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Hugh Nolan, Part 1 of 5. Patrick born in Marton, to Bunnythorpe in 1950. Left school at 14, restless, soon joined the regular forces cadet scheme, trade training. Graduated at 18, to regular army. In Waiouru, then Papakura doing carpentry. Officers in a dispute with a tank. Parachute training. Married. 6 months in Vietnam as an artillery forward observer. To Linton, had baby, so house in Highbury. Second child died at 20 months, to Ngaruawahia – saw poverty there. Other postings.
Published: 5/07/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 28-06-2022 - Episode 215 - Elizabeth and Beth( 0:24:20)       
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Elizabeth and Beth. Living alone in a Covid lockdown. Supplies, food, books. Less warning for the second lockdown. Beth’s husband (70) chose to retire. Lockdown enjoyable for retirees. Second lockdown was harder. Coping with difficulties. Responsibility and vaccinations. Lessons from the lockdowns. Shopping for elderly friends. Differences between a pandemic and a war. Effects on children. Communication via social media. People living alone.
Published: 28/06/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 21-06-2022 - Episode 214 - Gloria Whiston( 0:26:49)       
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Gloria Whiston. Growing up in Palmerston North in the 1950s. Benefits of being youngest child. Father Christmas. Enjoyment of sport. Flatting in Wellington and working for an accountant at 17, social life. Expected to leave home. Back to Palmerston North, then married a farmer at 23. Travelled to England, felt like home. Toured Europe. Back to Gisborne. Hard to settle. Moved onto farm, isolated. Russian Jack. Women’s Institute. Children. Toastmistresses. Wine a novelty.
Published: 21/06/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 14-06-2022 - Episode 213 - Ivan Allot 3 of 3( 0:19:15)       
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Ivan Allot 3 of 3 - Resoling his own shoes, details. Darning socks. How poverty shaped Ivan’s values. Leisure activities. 7 in a car for a big trip to Dannevirke from Woodville (1940s), engine overheated. Athletics in summer. School sports with Eketahuna and Pahiatua High Schools. Rugby, hockey. Netball then was called basketball. Sports rules have changed, more dangerous now. Faster style of play. Types of athletics, mainly running. Swimming, 33 1/3 yard pools, quality of water.
Published: 14/06/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 07-06-2022 - Episode 212 - Ivan Allott Part 2 of 3( 0:26:9)       
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Ivan Allott Part 2 of 3 - Woodville School in 1940s, large classes, school milk. Childhood drinks. Times tables. Handwriting. School picnic. Swimming. Driving through the Manawatu Gorge. Family never had a car. Rail service. 1952 flood and the train in the Gorge. Childhood entertainment. Woodville saleyards. Restrictions on truck movements. Thefts from rail transport. No toys after the war. Father died when Ivan was 9. Family was poor. Widow’s benefit, disincentive to work.
Published: 7/06/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 31-05-2022 - Episode 211 - Ivan Allott Pt 1 of 3( 0:28:21)       
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Ivan Allott Pt 1 of 3 - Ivan growing up in Woodville, 1940s. Cold, draughty house, gas cooking, wash house. Father manpowered during the war. Returned servicemen welcomed back. Recollections of the WWII as young child. Town and Salvation Army bands combined in the war. Parents worked in the Salvation Army, similar to being a minister, but also social work (issues balancing the two). Going to picnics on the back of a truck. Parents growing vegetables, school children’s growing competitions.
Published: 31/05/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 24-05-2022 - Episode 210 - John Ross Part 2 of 2( 0:27:50)       
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John Ross Part 2 of 2. Work on local writers. Elizabeth Smither. NZ writers as a group, the local scene. Alison’s view on NZ writers and of Britain. John’s view of hit time in England. Wind turbines and pine trees. John has a more favourable view of NZ. John and acting. Palmerston North feeling like Wellington earlier. NZ students and Shakespeare. Approaches to Shakespeare. Value of live theatre. NZ audiences. A Yorkshire play – Yorkshire humour. Specific characteristics of NZ writing?
Published: 24/05/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 17-05-2022 - Episode 209 - John Ross Part 1 of 2( 0:28:8)       
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John Ross Part 1 of 2. NZ Society of Authors, NZ Poetry Society, local Writers Hub. Local writers. NZ Chisholms, a code breaker in WWII. Uncle a pilot in WWII. Father had rugby injury, served in NZ. Family life in the war. Mother had degree in history. Grandmother was a pharmacist. Depression years. Father smoking. Impressions of the war. Tramping in the Tararuas.
Published: 17/05/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 10-05-2022 - Episode 208 - Discussion: ANZAC Day 2022 and Covid( 0:27:47)       
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Discussion: ANZAC Day 2022 and Covid. 2020 standing at our gates. Jack Register playing The Last Post. Significance for children in the past. Gallipoli. Technology and images from Ukraine. Attitudes to war. Women in war. John Ward’s radio station. New NZ history syllabus and Maori history in earlier curriculum. Logistics and support in war. Flu pandemic after WWI. Conflict in Ukraine.
Published: 10/05/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 03-05-2022 - Episode 207 - Bob Stewart, Part 4 of 4( 0:28:19)       
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Bob Stewart, Part 4 of 4. Experiencing US and Canada after time at Christ’s College, Christchurch. Approaches to education, incentives, penalties, influence of parents. Changes since then. Dealing with failure. More optimistic can-do attitude in the US. Co-educational schooling. Education for adolescents. Returned to NZ when aged nearly 50. “Retired”, and elected on to city council. Fitzherbert Avenue trees and 4-laning. Journal, Social Behaviour and Personality. Reviewing and editing.
Published: 3/05/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 26-04-2022 - Episode 206 - Bob Stewart, Part 3 of 4( 0:26:14)       
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Bob Stewart, Part 3 of 4. Time in Fiji, the Rabuka coup. Student behaviour to soldiers. International Year of Peace. Rotary’s role in UN and UNESCO. Joining the Rotary Club of Suva East, supporting an Indian orphanage there. Bob’s higher roles in Rotary. Rotary Peace Forum, Polio Plus. Rotary Club of Terrace End: Polio Plus dinners; collecting spectacles for the Pacific Islands.
Published: 26/04/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 19-04-2022 - Episode 205 - Bob Stewart, Part 2 of 4( 0:26:23)       
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Bob Stewart, Part 2 of 4. Why Bob moved about before settling here. Training for psychology. Job at Massey University in 1967, authoritarian culture. Getting into property. Boarding school experience, continuing aversion to sport (still while nearly 83). Perspective on role of teachers (motivating). Stopping breathing as stress relief. Impact of father’s death. Step-father was quite different. Relationship with step-brother.
Published: 19/04/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 12-04-2022 - Episode 204 - Bob Stewart, Part 1 of 4( 0:26:59)       
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Bob Stewart, Part 1 of 4. Early childhood, in Wellington until 12, then Manawatu, boarding school then AFS. To Victoria University studying psychology. To Mid-West and then Harvard, followed by a lectureship in Ottawa. Lecturing and PhD at Massey, then to Ontario, followed by Fiji and the University of the South Pacific. Book, Pacific Profiles. Became Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Rambuka’s coup. After 12 years, came to Palmerston North. Wanted to retire as nearly 50. Became a city councillor.
Published: 12/04/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 05-04-2022 - Episode 203 - Tania Kopytko, 2 of 2( 0:27:50)       
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Tania Kopytko, 2 of 2. Working with the Palmerston North Community Arts Council. Funded by PN Council and QEII Arts Council. Broad definition of arts. Facilitating activities, building community. Initial negativity from the arts establishment. Moved to involvement rather than excellence as a goal, things have opened up. Funding for projects. Eric Brew, Val Bolter, other tutors. Merging of Community Arts and Square Edge Trust Boards. Loss of momentum. World on Stage.
Published: 5/04/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 29-03-2022 - Episode 202 - Tania Kopytko, 1 of 2( 0:27:50)       
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Tania Kopytko, 1 of 2. Grew up in Palmerston North, studied social anthropology at Massey University. Family background. PhD in anthropology of dance with Queen’s University, Belfast, comparing ballet and breakdance. Working in community arts, a new global movement. Art as a means of linking diverse groups. Development stalled with funding cuts in 1990s. Funding sources reemerging now. Crows Feet Dance Collective. Dance exercise project. Mostly for women, but there are other things for men.
Published: 29/03/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 22-03-2022 - Episode 201 - Jim and Joy Bain, 3 of 3( 0:31:3)       
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Jim and Joy Bain, 3 of 3. 20 acre lifestyle block in Woodville rearing calves, semi-retired. IHC and St John calf schemes. St John Health Shuttle, Pahiatua to Palmerston North. Son had meningitis at 3. From age 20 had 36 years with IHC. Now 61, working and independent living with some assistance. Son’s father a Samoan. No schooling or support. IHC workshop in Nelson. Jim, 80 years old, drives a school shuttle for special needs children.
Published: 22/03/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 15-03-2022 - Episode 200 - Jim and Joy Bain, 2 of 3( 0:27:50)       
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Jim and Joy Bain, 2 of 3. Joy was adopted at 6 years old by mother’s twin sister. Family connections, long-term impacts. Volunteering with AFS, hosted children. As hosting exchange students, got trips to visit Thailand and have short stays with families. Now get paid to host. Cultural differences with Thailand. Stomach bugs when travelling. Running a motel, work hours, incidents.
Published: 15/03/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 08-03-2022 - Episode 199 - Jim and Joy Bain, 1 of 3( 0:27:6)       
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Jim and Joy Bain, 1 of 3. Voluntary work, started with Jim’s father, natural to do things for others. Scouts, paper drives, other fundraising. Grew up in Seddonville, moved to Nelson, then Levin in 1978. Paper drives without cellphones. World Vision stands at trade shows, getting people to sponsor children. Actually supporting community projects. Valuing volunteers. Small proportion or revenue going to overheads.
Published: 8/03/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 01-03-2022 - Episode 198 - Dave Harding, Part 2 of 2( 0:25:52)       
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Dave Harding, Part 2 of 2. Worked at Massey from 1973 to 2021 aged 78. Type of research, preference for practical applications of chemistry. Past students. Primarily research work until mid-1990s when increased teaching responsibilities. Nature of chemistry research. Changing focus of chemistry towards applications. Water quality increasingly important. Cross-disciplinary approaches. More accurate measurements, better equipment.
Published: 1/03/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 22-02-2022 - Episode 197 - Dave Harding, Part 1 of 2( 0:26:40)       
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Dave Harding, Part 1 of 2. Born in England. Many moves in early life. To Palmerston North in 1973. Early family connection with New Zealand. Moving to Canada. Came to New Zealand aged 19 for university. Similarities with Canada. No assisted passage for the family. Choice of chemistry. Travel after graduation. International calls. Canadian weather. Trips to Egypt. Departmental name changes.
Published: 22/02/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 15-02-2022 - Episode 196 - Stuart Birks, Iola Haggarty, Alison Mildon, Part 2 of 2( 0:27:3)       
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Stuart Birks, Iola Haggarty, Alison Mildon, Part 2 of 2. Iola’s bach or second home at Foxton Beach. Beach houses in the past. Quarter acre section lifestyle. Kiwi weekends. Holidays in 1950s. Alison on freedom in childhood. School holidays. Better in the past. Extended family ties. More organized activities now. Focus on safety. The Fitzherbert Avenue tree protest 25 years ago. Outcome of the protest.
Published: 15/02/2022 2:00:00 p.m.

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