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Manawatu Conversations 25-01-2022 - Episode 193( 0:27:50)       
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Kirsten Holst, Part 1 of 2. Geriatrician, looking after frail people, mix of conditions, so more holistic, teamwork. Dementia. Families more dispersed. Ageing in place. Erosion of community living, family networks. Kirsten’s career progression. Changing hospital environment and administration. Working hours for junior doctors. Few GPs per capita.
Published: 25/01/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 18-01-2022 - Episode 192( 0:26:49)       
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Eileen Curd, Part 2 of 2. A chorus girl in the UK. A film extra with Richard Attenborough. Dancing, ballet and tap. Working in Wellington. Shipboard romances. Women getting pregnant before marriage. Moved to Palmerston North in 1960, quiet then. Lagoon in garden, later filled in. Early experience of earthquakes. Annual earthquake drills (New Zealand ShakeOut day). Her dog, perhaps her 5th. Place of a dog in the home. Earth from College Street used to fill the lagoon.
Published: 18/01/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 11-01-2022 - Episode 191( 0:28:59)       
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Eileen Curd, Part 1 of 2. Eileen just turned 90. Came to NZ from UK in 1953, 10 pound Pom. Went to NZ for 2 years’ OE after future husband (Fred) had gone there, although he had dumped her. Got married. Years later she met the other woman. 5 o’clock at St James’ corner. Knowing Fred in UK. Husband’s experience in Royal Navy in WWII. Eileen finished school at 14. Stopped work when 6 months pregnant. Settling in to NZ. Learning to cook. Wartime childhood. When the war broke out.
Published: 11/01/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 04-01-2022 - Episode 190( 0:27:50)       
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National Council of Women, Part 2 of 2. The Cotton On protest. Disability access to the courthouse. 1957-59 campaign to keep the bus waiting room open until the last bus leaves. Other activities. Disagreements within the NCW. Diversity, ethnic, education, age. Afghan women voting. Meeting on voting not allowed at the library, meet the candidates. Targeting young people. Young people’s view of NCW. Most volunteers are retired, but also focus on issues for young people. The future for NCW. Online meetings. Access to Ministries and politicians. Suffrage in Stitches exhibition. Size of the local branch, impact of Covid.
Published: 4/01/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 28-12-2021 - Episode 189( 0:27:6)       
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National Council of Women, Part 1 of 2. Involvement with the National Council of Women. Organisation of the Council, an umbrella for numerous women’s groups and individuals. An advocacy group for half the population. Court case about charity status. Also active in education (about proposed legislation). History of NCW. National and regional organization, age of membership. International connections. Areas of interest. Approach to issues. Influence due to numbers represented. If alternative views, present more than one perspective. Book, 115 Years of Resolutions. Public attitudes towards NCW. Is NCW a feminist organisation? Women in local government. Julia Wallace.
Published: 28/12/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 21-12-2021 - Episode 188( 0:29:33)       
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Judy Milne and Alison Mildon, Part 2 of 2. About 2002, proposed use of Longburn land for industry. Conflict between urban and rural, “reverse sensitivity”. 2007 Flygers Line mega-mall proposal. The One Plan (Manawatu-Whanganui region). Palmerston North residential land strategy, documents 2012, finalized 2016. PN expanding to Longburn on class 1 and 2 land. Who objects? Many do not make submissions. Retrospective consents, weak monitoring and enforcement. Alison concerned about windfarms. Aesthetic appeal of the ranges. Types of political activity.
Published: 21/12/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 14-12-2021 - Episode 187( 0:27:39)       
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Judy Milne and Alison Mildon, Part 1 of 2. Judy born in Kairanga, great-grandfather settled there. Father saw city expanding over good soils. Judy active since 1997 objecting to changes in subdivision rules. Lifestyle blocks. Town planning. Few farmers objecting to loss of quality land. Expansion of Palmerston North. Class 1 and 2 agricultural land in PN area. Judy’s submissions. 2002 PNCC urban growth study, low weighting on soils. Results not accepted. Longburn industrial land use study.
Published: 14/12/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 07-12-2021 - Episode 186( 0:27:35)       
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Kevin Low, Part 2 of 2. PEC development of EFTPOS (electronic funds transfer at point of sale), at first in petrol pumps perhaps in the late 1980s. Expansion into shops by others. Security systems, card access. Major users here and overseas (Massey University, London Underground). Security division purchased by Gallagher Engineering, Hamilton. Conferences and expos, industrial espionage precautions. Process of product development. 35-40% of expenditure on R&D (eventually about 200 R&D staff).
Published: 7/12/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 30-11-2021 - Episode 185( 0:26:19)       
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Kevin Low, Part 1 of 2. Kevin joined PEC in Marton in 1967 after time working on transistors at DSIR. Company wanted to introduce some high technology. Moved to Marton in 1973. Electric fencing. Innovation in petrol pump design, new ways to buy petrol (prepay, card, etc.). Rapid growth in staff numbers. World leaders in electronic pump technology. Exporting. Origins of the company. Marton lifestyle. Over 3 or 4 years had recruited about 50 R&D staff, innovative spirit. Process of product development. PEC Exporter of the Year, small and nimble. Company culture, staff benefits, gym, parental leave. Overseas travel. Recruiting and graduates.
Published: 30/11/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 23-11-2021 - Episode 184( 0:28:8)       
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Malcolm Busch Part 2 of 2. 17 years as national rollerskating championship manager, the second vice-president. Rollerskating community. Life memberships. 1991 NZ team manager to Hong Kong. Outfits, no safety gear. Asian approach, hospitality. Team manager for competitions hosted in NZ. Experiences in Hong Kong. Team had to have familiar food. “Golden Arches”. Funding manager, grant applications. NZ international skating achievements.
Published: 23/11/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 16-11-2021 - Episode 183( 0:26:37)       
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Malcolm Busch Part 1 of 2. Malcolm’s involvement in rollerskating in Palmerston North started in 1974, daughter Nicola (5YO) keen to learn. After 10 years she was very competent, in national skating championships. 1986 became president of local club. Premises. Local competitions, grades. Daughter’s success, Bronze medal in Hong Kong. Roy Dobbin speed skating coach.
Published: 16/11/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 09-11-2021 - Episode 182( 0:26:49)       
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PN RSA Youth Speech Competition, Tuesday 17th August 2021 on the theme of ANZAC Day. Introduction/description by Joe Hollander. Selected speakers are, in order: Emily Connell (Freyberg HS) – Yr 10 | Sophie Cumming (Freyberg HS) – Yr 11 | Matt Feehan (Freyberg HS) – Yr 12 | John Hopcroft (PNBHS) – Yr 13 | Leo Mwape (PNBHS) – Yr 10 | Lily Tavendale (Freyberg HS) – Yr 10 | Winners – Leo Mwape (PNBHS) – 1st, Lily Tavendale (FHS) – 2nd, Matt Feehan (FHS) – 3rd and Sophie Cumming (FHS) – Highly Commended. | Just as the last speaker is introduced, you will hear an alert signal from cellphones in the audience. The competition was in progress when the country was notified that it would move into a level 4 lockdown at 11:59pm after a community case of COVID-19 was detected in Auckland.
Published: 9/11/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 02-11-2021 - Episode 181( 0:28:5)       
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Lew Findlay, Part 2 of 2. Grey Power is a stand-alone separate lobby group for older people. Description of Age Concern, a government funded support group for older people. Lew involved with Age Concern for over 20 years. Now active with Grey Power – issues affecting older people, housing costs for renters. Empty houses. Rental house as an investment for older people. Changing provision for retirement, KiwiSaver. Superannuation surcharge and the establishment of Grey Power. Aged Care Commissioner. Supporting students on interest free student loans. Lobbying. Key policy issues. Retirement Villages. Other organisations, Senior Citizens, Age Friendly. Range of Age Concern’s activities.
Published: 2/11/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 26-10-2021 - Episode 180( 0:27:36)       
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Lew Findlay, Part 1 of 2. Setting up StreetVan 26 years ago. Early days, volunteers, food. Glue sniffers. Second van to take people home. Community reception. Food and other things donated. Types of homelessness in Palmerston North. Mental health issues. Shepherd’s Rest. Childhood as motivation for this sort of work. War veterans. StreetVan now. Charity shop. Shiloh Rehab centre (now closed). Limited support for people released from prison. StreetVan helping people of all ages.
Published: 26/10/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 19-10-2021 - Episode 179( 0:27:39)       
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Gillian Hunt, Part 2 of 2. Changing relationships over the past 45 years less than might be expected. Some change in roles, but human nature is the same. Problems negotiating in relationships. Children. Marriage versus de facto relationships. The Family Court not functioning so well now, less opportunity for effective counselling. Children and separation, blended families. View of the future. Roles in relationships, changed expectations. De facto relationships, repartnering, suitability of legislation. Grandparents, separations, distance. Teenage children. Best scenarios are better than in the past. Increased cultural diversity.
Published: 19/10/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 12-10-2021 - Episode 178( 0:28:6)       
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Gillian Hunt, Part 1 of 2. Description of interactive drawing therapy, process, origins (Russell Withers), “accessing the client’s unconscious”. Various courses. Expansion to Australia. Who can benefit and why. Examples of the process. Viewing drawings from a distance. Perception of issues. Types of problems addressed. Transactional analysis (TA). Communication and intrapsychic states. Left brain right brain.
Published: 12/10/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 05-10-2021 - Episode 177( 0:27:59)       
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Hugh Akers, Part 2 of 2. Great-grandfather on foundation committee of A&P Show in 1886. The Royal Show. Judging sheep. Types of wool in demand. Relationship between feed and wool quality. Return to wool carpet. Reliance on wool in the past, but not now, price too low. Focus on meat. More frequent lambing. Effect of policy changes in 1980s. Corporatisation of farming. Hidden subsidies. Future outlook for farming. Wide range of skills required. Young people entering farming.
Published: 5/10/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 28-09-2021 - Episode 176( 0:27:37)       
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Hugh Akers, Part 1 of 2
Published: 28/09/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 21-09-2021 - Episode 175( 0:27:50)       
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Richard Mildon, Part 4 of 4. Moving up to a .22 rifle. Shooting in the cadets at school. Cadets week. Cadet activities. NZ national service. In Freyberg High School shooting team. Using .303 rifles. Firing a Bren gun. Types of vegetables, meals. Hogget. Cooking meat. Types of vegetables grown at home. First pork. Chicken. Radio and television. Radio important, various programmes, Life with Dexter. American and English programmes.
Published: 21/09/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 14-09-2021 - Episode 174( 0:27:7)       
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Richard Mildon, Part 3 of 4. As child on a sheep farm, participating in docking. Enjoying open spaces, dipping sheep with a plunge dip. Using guns (air rifle, .22). Duck shooting, filling a lagoon to attract the ducks. Learning to shoot. Shooting first rabbit. Cubs and Boy Scouts. Pat Snoxell and Scout Gang Shows. Scout camps. Long trousers for Venture Scouts and school. Narrower trousers and ties. Desert boots. Vegetables, homegrown and bought. South African oranges.
Published: 14/09/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 07-09-2021 - Episode 173( 0:36:12)       
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Richard Mildon, Part 2 of 4. Book, 100 years of Kairanga School, for 1989. Interest in old things, stamp and coin collecting, vintage cars. School history information, activities. Pre-European history of the Manawatu. Evidence and the received wisdom differ. The Manawatu Block. Scandinavian migrants. Foxton, railway development from Wellington. The Square. Origin of Feilding. Use of agricultural land, lifestyle blocks. Perception of changes over past 75 years. Landscape and windfarms.
Published: 7/09/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 31-08-2021 - Episode 172( 0:34:1)       
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Richard Mildon, Part 1 of 4. Great-grandfather and family (6 children) came to a farm at Kairanga in 1894. 3rd owner, but still much work needed. Had been a teacher in the UK. Good farming land, but many stumps and swampy. Cold, damp homestead. Grandfather became a good farmer. Homestead improved and owned by family until sold a year ago. Changed character of Kairanga. Growing up on a sheep farm. Pet lambs. Growing vegetables. Holidays. A Dutch migrant. Saw Queen twice in 1953. May holidays away. Few ideas of future working life, knew little about farming. Read a lot. Meccano, toy trains. Teaching engineering.
Published: 31/08/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 24-08-2021 - Episode 171a( 0:27:50)       
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Robin Coleman and Jackie Sayers, part 4 of 4. Worked as a social worker from 1980. Early days of university-qualified social workers. 4 year degree with placements. Maori studies. Maori Club at Massey University. New Zealand history, differing perspectives. Nature of social work. Youth institutions. Working with communities. Publication, Highbury Whanau: The Early Years, and the Highbury Whanau Centre. 1985 to hospital as student unit supervisor for student placements in community health. Funding cut after 4 years. Retirement age raised to 65. Into private practice, worked until 79.
Published: 24/08/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 17-08-2021 - Episode 171( 0:30:38)       
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Robin Coleman and Jackie Sayers, part 4 of 4. Worked as a social worker from 1980. Early days of university-qualified social workers. 4 year degree with placements. Maori studies. Maori Club at Massey University. New Zealand history, differing perspectives. Nature of social work. Youth institutions. Working with communities. Publication, Highbury Whanau: The Early Years, and the Highbury Whanau Centre. 1985 to hospital as student unit supervisor for student placements in community health. Funding cut after 4 years. Retirement age raised to 65. Into private practice, worked until 79. [Volunteering with English language partners.]
Published: 17/08/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 10-08-2021 - Episode 170( 0:27:50)       
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Robin Coleman and Jackie Sayers, part 3 of 4. NZ growing seasons compared to Cornwall. Gardening in NZ. Jackie’s first home in NZ, a batch in Muriwai, lifestyle, 6 o’clock swill. NZ pubs in the 1960s, not like in UK. A NZ dance. Robin’s NZ social life, seeing children in bare feet. Jackie’s children changed school often until settled in Feilding in 1973. Robin came in 1963, more linked to Palmerston North. Jackie’s husband became a school teacher and she went to university as a mature internal student. Learning to study. 7 years as an undergraduate (2 degrees, history and then social work).
Published: 10/08/2021 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 03-08-2021 - Episode 169( 0:27:50)       
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Robin Coleman and Jackie Sayers, part 2 of 4. Jackie’s wartime and post-war living next to military college. Dances, jive, old-time dancing. Robin was a tomboy, living in Cornwall, working in a hotel, children eating in rooms. Robin working in experimental horticulture. Married and worked as farm workers, then came as a family to NZ, Glen Orua. Husband found it difficult, went back to UK, then returned to NZ and settled better.
Published: 3/08/2021 3:00:00 p.m.

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