Relay for Life - Manawatu Conversations

Manawatū Conversations - Oral History

Stuart Birks' oral history recordings as featured on the Manawatū People's Radio programme, "Manawatū Conversations."

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Relay for Life - Manawatu Conversations

Relay for Life - Manawatu Conversations

A broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 1 January, 2019. Relay for Life, Rotary Club of Terrace End team participants describe their experience.

Part 1: 9th March, 2013. It is nearly midnight and Katrine Imrie and Gaewyn Grant in a tent on the Relay for Life site talk about their experiences.

Part 2: 10th March, 2018. Just before midnight at the Relay for Life (noon Saturday to noon Sunday), Sarah Findlay and Emily Brewer describe the event.

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Paul McRae, early family experience in New Zealand, Manawatu Conversations

Paul McRae, early family experience in New Zealand, Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Access Manawatu, 8 May 2018, with Paul McRae (b. 1932).

Part 1 of 2. Summary: Great grandmother in NZ in mid-1850s, brought a still to Hokonui and made whisky. (https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/hokonui-moonshine/). Father in police force. Moved around a lot in childhood. (Hammering noise in background). Schooling in Palmerston North. Boxing. Trawling for flounder.

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Paul McRae, Part 2, later life - Manawatu Conversations

Paul McRae, Part 2, later life - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Access Radio, 15 May 2018, Paul McRae (b.1932).

Part 2 of 2. Summary: Farming with his brother, bulldozing, getting driving licences. Style of policing. To Palmerston North. Driving trucks for the railways. Building a house. Children and sport. Growing vegetables. Pay and prices. Social activities, holidays.

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Waitoetoe Park development - Manawatu Conversations

Waitoetoe Park development - Manawatu Conversations

An episode of Manawatu Conversations, broadcast on Access Manawatu on 17 April, 2018, describing the development of Waitoetoe Park by Friends of Waitoetoe Park and others. It is located by the Manawatu River in the Dittmer Drive area and has since been included in a Treaty Settlement with the Rangitāne and renamed Ahimate Park. Native planting plus a “foraging area” with fruit trees, etc..

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Palmerston North Folk Club 50 years, Part 1 - Manawatu Conversations

Palmerston North Folk Club 50 years, Part 1 - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Access Radio on 24 April 2018, Part 1 of a 2 part recording with Bruce Withell. The Palmerston North Folk Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. Bruce describes its many venues and three recesses over this time. He also discusses the types of instruments played and the New Zealand folk tradition.

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Palmerston North Folk Club 50 Years, Part 2 - Manawatu Conversations

Palmerston North Folk Club 50 Years, Part 2 - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Access Manawatu on 1 May 2018, Part 2 of 2, with Bruce Withell.

The Palmerston North Folk Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.

Summary: Bruce describes some of the characters in the club. A shipment of post holes. Audiences and audience participation. Declining popularity of folk music?

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Abbeyfield residents - Manawatu Conversations

Abbeyfield residents - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Access Manawatu, 5 June 2018, Abbeyfield residents talk about Abbeyfield, a residence offering “senior flatting”.

Summary: Part of a global system, started in England, 13 in New Zealand. Semi-independent living. Comparison to retirement village or rest home. Gardens. Why they came to Abbeyfield. Run by volunteers. National structure, establishment of new centres. Council donated the land, built by the army. New residents’ adjusting.

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John Perrin, early family in New Zealand - Manawatu Conversations

John Perrin, early family in New Zealand - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 3 July 2018, John Perrin (b.1934)

Part 1 of 2. Family arrived in New Zealand very early and moved to the Palmerston North area at the beginning of settlement. [NB detailed account of family history in Nancy Smith (1971) And So We Began: A History of the Perrin Family in Palmerston North. Copies in PN Library.] Big gale in 1930s. Schooling in war years. Willard Home. Ice cream factory. Gas works. Leisure and entertainment. The Regent Theatre. Tech schooling. Memorial Park.

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Eric Franklyn, work in courts,  part 1 - Manawatu Conversations

Eric Franklyn, work in courts, part 1 - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio 7 August 2018, Eric Franklyn .

Part 1 of 2. Summary: Working in courthouses, managing several courts. Career path – moving if wanted promotion. Learning on the job. Salary levels. Choosing a career. Family Court. Whanganui computer system. Memorable cases. Court security. Court culture. Experience moving around for work. Childhood. Basketball. Courts in smaller centres. Changing attitudes to courts.

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Eric Franklyn, work and leisure part 2 - Manawatu Conversations

Eric Franklyn, work and leisure part 2 - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu people's Radio 14 August 2018, Eric Franklyn

Part 2 of 2. Summary: Made redundant and retired in 1998. Takaro Sports Club. Time in JCs. Changes in courts. Treasurer of Takaro Sports Club for 13 or 14 years until recently. Gaming machines, improvements to club. Skills of public servants. Viability of clubs, falling membership. Climbing Mount Taranaki/Egmont. School days. Discipline. Teachers. NCEA.

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John Perrin, adult life - Manawatu Conversations

John Perrin, adult life - Manawatu Conversations

Broqadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 10 July 2018. John Perrin (b.1934) Part 2 of 2.

Summary: Apprenticeship – joinery. Radiata pine. Terrace End railway station. Timber truck hit by train. Building inspections, residential then commercial. Liquid concrete falling on a car. “No parking” signs. Clerk of works for Ministry of Works. Seed storage building at Massey University (seed bank).

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Anne Cheer, adult life - Manawatu Conversations

Anne Cheer, adult life - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio 24 July 2018.

Anne Cheer Part 2 of 2. Summary: Teachers College, Ardmore. April 1st pranks. Accommodation. Activities. Teaching. Rose to Assistant Principal. Pupils changing, less respect later. Changes with Tomorrows Schools. Pay. Working when a mother, child care. Retirement age. Reading recovery teaching. Living in a retirement village.

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Bob Lawrence, early life - Manawatu Conversations

Bob Lawrence, early life - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 31 July 2018. Bob Lawrence.

Summary: Rugby player at school. Evacuated during World War Two. Guns firing across the English Channel. Dunkirk evacuation. War experience. University (17 when left school, so not National Service). Father was a driver. Conscripted after university. Fleet Air Arm, met. officer.

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Housing styles - Manawatu Conversations

Housing styles - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Access Manawatu on 29 May 2018, a group discussion of building styles and materials at various times in New Zealand. Topics include: ceiling heights, heating, ventilation, food safes, design errors, and threats (floods, earthquakes, liquefaction).

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Margaret Beere, 1950s childhood in Palmerston North - Manawatu Conversations

Margaret Beere, 1950s childhood in Palmerston North - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 30 October 2018. Margaret Beere. Summary: 1951 to State House in Ross Block (now Roslyn), could buy. “Ross Block kids”. Primary schools, zoning. Then Intermediate, long way to go. Get meat from butcher first thing in the morning. Bread delivered (leave basket out). Milk and groceries delivered. Meals. Desserts. Bread going stale. Intermediate School very big. Many green areas, kids playing. Mr Gardner(?)’s pool. Library in old Ross homestead. Radio. Radiogram for music. Had male teachers at intermediate. Behaviour at school. Punishment at Terrace End. Changes in town since 1950s. Regent cinema booked seats. Railway in the Square.

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Gwen Brown, wartime childhood - Manawatu Conversations

Gwen Brown, wartime childhood - Manawatu Conversations

Broadast on Manawatu People's Radio 25 September 2018.

Summary: Gwen Brown attending 12 schools, father a farmer so moved a lot. Intermediate school in Palmerston North, used as hospital in WWII, so classes in various locations around town. Country primary schools. No cars, used horse and brake. Milked cows by hand at 8 years old. Warm summers and cold winters in 1930s. Seasons more defined then. House with no electricity or water. Outside toilet. 5 children. Bath once a week, cleanest first. Teacher Mrs Cross. Bird nesting. Rabbiting with father. Physical punishment. For one school, 5.5 miles walk there. Brother very cold so mother put him in oven. Porridge for breakfast. Sandwiches for lunch. Family war service.

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Barry Slade, teaching, part 2 - Manawatu Conversations

Barry Slade, teaching, part 2 - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio 18 September 2018.

Barry Slade, Part 2 of 2. Summary: 13 years teaching at Glen Oroua, then Principal of St James in P.Nth. Changed to fit the state system. Integration, school committees superseded PTA. Much parent involvement. Then Board of Trustees. Released from teaching. Numerous policies required, increased paperwork. Retired 1992, changes since then. Parent interviews, visiting poorer parents. School swimming pools. Children from foreign countries. Now police checks and parents working, so need teacher aides. Workload. Retirement after 40 years. Year off in the middle. Token policies. Music.

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Owen Dolan, Catholic childhood - Manawatu Conversations

Owen Dolan, Catholic childhood - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio 2 October 2018.

Owen Dolan, Part 1 of 2. Summary: To Hawera after mother died. Thought grandmother was his mother. Catholic community. School experience, at primary all the teachers were nuns. Protestant-Catholic relationships. Visits to Palmerston North in the war. Step-siblings. Highschool, then trained for priesthood. Got rheumatic fever in wartime epidemic. American troops, smoking. Blackouts. Limited impact of war, deaths of ex-pupils. Boarding school food. Teachers.

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Barbara Bridewell, cochlear implants - Manawatu Conversations

Barbara Bridewell, cochlear implants - Manawatu Conversations

Broqadcast on Manawatu People's Radio 16 October 2018.

Barbara Bridewell. Summary: Two cochlear implants. Hearing aids not effective. Nature of implants. Before and after the implants. Washing dishes instead of mixing at events. Discovering had hearing problems. Comparison of implants to normal hearing. Music. Use of phones. Value of conversation. Costs/funding, waiting times. Ages for implants. Support networks. People not using hearing aids. Implants giving better than normal hearing, but nothing when take off external part (e.g. nights).

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Dennis Quinn, architect part 1 - Manawatu Conversations

Dennis Quinn, architect part 1 - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio 20 November 2018.

Dennis Quinn. Part 1 of 2. Summary: Architect in Palmerston North from 1979. Earlier life, Wanganui, then university. Why architecture? Bursary scheme. Work in New Zealand, then to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) for 2 years. Situation there. Architecture work, including UK, comparisons. Return to NZ, hiring and employment observations. Earthquake requirements.

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