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Manawatu Conversations

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Manawatu Conversations 19-09-2023 - Episode 279 - Anne Eggers, Part 2 of 2( 0:23:31)       
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Anne Eggers Part 2 of 2. Hitch hiking, truck from Alice Springs to Adelaide. Then Melbourne, went to Melbourne Cup. On track betting. Sydney, staying Glebe, then home in Opunake. Teaching at St Joseph’s. Teachers being graded. After 2 years, went to England on a ship, Northern Star. The sea journey and ports of call. Flatting in London. Impressions of Britain – terrace houses, cold weather, coal fire. Relief teaching. Steel playground fence, small concrete playground, school dinners. With Nigel, air traffic controller, in Plymouth. Teaching children who copied Kiwi accents. To Wales. Old-style curriculum. To Guernsey.
Published: 19/09/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 12-09-2023 - Episode 278 - Anne Eggers, Part 1 of 2( 0:27:54)       
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Anne Eggers, Part 1 of 2. Grew up on a dairy farm. 1950s, milking cows before and after school. Long journey to school. Fitting in homework. To Teachers College in Palmerston North. No clear expectations of future life. Hitchhiking from Taranaki to College. 1 year teaching in 1963, then to Australia, waitressing. A temperance hotel in Brisbane. Hayman Island. Collecting shells. Her future husband (Eddie Eggers). To Cairns, Rockhampton, Mt Isa, Alice Springs. No student debt, and pre-OE (Overseas Experience) times. Impressions of Palmerston North (trains in the Square, at YWCA hostel then flatting). Hostel life. Weekend work for a catering firm. Father smoking.
Published: 12/09/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 05-09-2023 - Episode 277 - Bronwyn McManus( 0:27:4)       
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Bronwyn McManus. On an 18 acre lifestyle block for 19 years, several on the road. Wanted country living. How lifestyle blocks are used. Community spirit. Work involved, livestock. Lifestyle appeals to young families. Country schools. Access to schools and town. Teacher aid work so fits school hours. Septic tanks. Quiet environment (mainly sheep and beef area). Lifestylers and farmers getting on together. Lifestyle networks. Diversifying lifestock. Coloured sheep, goats, deer. Stocking rates on small blocks. Benefits of the environment for children. Moving on to a large high school.
Published: 5/09/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 29-08-2023 - Episode 276 - Ric Foxley, Part 4 of 4( 0:27:57)       
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Ric Foxley, Part 4 of 4. To Ethiopia in 2009. Met Amlaku, who said he wanted to go to university. Ric’s family funded him. In contact until now (2023). Fundraising for irrigation. Visited Ethiopia again in 2015. Set up “Bricks for Life” incorporated society to help. 2017 Amlaku brought to NZ for a month. Operatunity tour of Italy in 2017. Amlaku’s business activities, tourism, “Days for Girls”, plus soap and detergent products. Impacts of Covid and civil war. Sending money. Future developments.
Published: 29/08/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 22-08-2023 - Episode 275 - Ric Foxley, Part 3 of 4( 0:32:5)       
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Ric Foxley, Part 3 of 4. District manager for World Vision, 40 hour famine, etc.. Overseas trips. World Vision in non-Christian countries. World Vision funding, child sponsorship. Water pumps. World problems, poverty, climate change. Christopher Monckton. Fewer younger volunteers. Move to get bequests to replace shrinking traditional funding sources. Time and financial constraints for younger people/families. Leprosy Mission. Getting bequesting for Leprosy Mission. Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship.
Published: 22/08/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 15-08-2023 - Episode 274 - Ric Foxley, Part 2 of 4( 0:28:3)       
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Ric Foxley, Part 2 of 4. Worked in Bennetts for 7 years. Wife at Teachers College, bond cancelled when became pregnant. Selling Christian books. Joined a Christian Community of Celebration in England. Long sea and land trip to the UK, running out of money. Living in a cooperative environment producing Christian music. To a smaller community in Dorset. Left the community in 1982 and bought a house locally. Still in contact with people from there. Garden maintenance business, then returned to NZ in 1991. Settling in Ashhurst. Tried real estate sales, gave up. Wife busy in pastoral care. Managed a bulb growing business, then on to World Vision
Published: 15/08/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 08-08-2023 - Episode 273 - Ric Foxley, Part 1 of 4( 0:27:52)       
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Ric Foxley, Part 1 of 4. Studying English at Massey University in 1965, a time of change. Grew up on a sheep farm. Father died young. Kings in Auckland, then Gisborne Boys High. 70% Maori at primary school, all got on well. Social divisions, farm owners, farm workers and Maori. Wanted to be a vicar when young. Tramping in the Ureweras. Tickling trout. History at school. University funded by the government. Charles Waldegrave. Female students. Transformed be Christianity. Many students in a Christian revival then. Charismatic renewal. (Went to England in 1975, very different there.) University social life around the church. Married, working in Bennett’s Bookshop while finishing degree.
Published: 8/08/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 01-08-2023 - 272 - Mike Carter, Part 2 of 2( 0:27:57)       
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Mike Carter, Part 2 of 2. Building a new life in New Zealand. Wife a house surgeon. Mixed race school. Few Maori students at Massey in the 1970s. Been on two protest marches, one in Johannesburg, the other in 1981 (Springbok tour). Views of the law in New Zealand. Different situation in early South African settlement. Growing sense of Maori identity. Separation of/distinctions between groups in society. The end of apartheid in South Africa. Children’s experiences of South Africa. Trips back. On the school PTA in the 1980s. Highbury School for the diversity of pupils. What daughters are doing now.
Published: 1/08/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 25-07-2023 - Episode 271 - Mike Carter, Part 1 of 2( 0:27:57)       
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Mike Carter, Part 1 of 2. Coming from South Africa in 1971. Why left South Africa. Apartheid. Fitting in in New Zealand, similarities and differences. Racial issues in New Zealand compared to South Africa. South Africa inter-racial marriages, crime. Palmerston North in the 1970s. Unavailable food.
Published: 25/07/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 18-07-2023 - Episode 270 - Anne Weir, Part 2 of 2( 0:28:2)       
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Anne Weir, Part 2 of 2. Worked for Massey University when competed MBA, 1 year as an academic, then in administration. Primary school teaching and university teaching compared. A variety of administrative roles. Extramural materials production, student support, student management systems and regulations. Distance teaching expertise at Massey University. Complex printing and distribution issues, mainly hardcopy. Materials design. Changes over time. Production schedules. Exams for distance students. Administration in the College of Business. Career pressures on students. Women and non-traditional areas, STEM courses. Were girls discouraged from taking STEM courses? Retirement.
Published: 18/07/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 11-07-2023 - Episode 269 - Anne Weir, Part 1 of 2( 0:27:59)       
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Anne Weir, Part 1 of 2. To university in late 1960s, common for her group of girls. Best at maths and English, specialized in sciences. Choice of university subject. Never planned to be a housewife. Oldest of 4 girls. Married after 2 years of university. Did new 1 year post-degree teacher training course. Teaching Standard 3 and 4. Children and on a farm block. Stopped teaching. Designing houses, studying building technology (top student), then working as architectural draftsperson. Made redundant, marriage breakup, back to university studying business law then accounting degree (MBA).
Published: 11/07/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 04-07-2023 - Episode 268 - Christine McIvor, Part 2 of 2( 0:25:7)       
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Christine McIvor, Part 2 of 2. Retraining when returned to school dentistry. Dental nurses renamed dental therapists. Students now do a double degree. Working in Woodville and Eketahuna, then Feilding. Many school clinics closed on health and safety grounds, moved to centralized hubs. Impact of computers. Registration of dental therapists. Dental assistants. More parental involvement. Pupil education weakened. Benefits of fluoride, improved diet, etc.. Migrant children. Toothbrushes. Diagnostic x-raying with computers. Wider health problems from teeth. Activities in retirement. Changes in Palmerston North. Message for grandchildren.
Published: 4/07/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 27-06-2023 - Episode 267 - Christine McIvor, Part 1 of 2( 0:27:4)       
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An oral history interview looking at the past and present of Palmerston North and the Manawatū, produced by Manawatū People's Radio with the support of New Zealand On Air.
Published: 27/06/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 20-06-2023 - Episode 266 - Janis Muir( 0:27:57)       
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Not a dietician. Not university, unlike classmates in late 1950s. At DSIR Nuclear Science Institute carbon-14 dating, ending as head of the lab aged 23. Many women in DSIR. Living in hostels. 1964 resigned and moved over several years for husband’s work. Social life – groups to join, free weekends. Kitchen jobs. Inland Revenue, sorting Interest Tickets, then the Audit Section, team leader in the Investigations Section. Gender not an issue. Workplace changes – smoking, coffee, language. Retired at 67. Seasons in an apple pack house. Workbridge.
Published: 20/06/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 13-06-2023 - Episode 265 - Lin Pratt, Part 2 of 2( 0:27:57)       
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Lin Pratt, Part 2 of 2. Wireman’s course. Horse for trotting. Cars overheating. Why choose trotting? Lin’s horses. Rationed petrol. Competitive trotting. Pacing vs trotting. Not so popular now. Involvement in athletics. Squash. Ashhurst community, squash courts first opened on Lin’s 50th birthday. The voluntary sector. Scouts.
Published: 13/06/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 06-06-2023 - Episode 264 - Lin Pratt, Part 1 of 2( 0:27:35)       
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Lin Pratt, Part 1 of 2. Born 1934. First memories, about 3. Father was a share milker. Bare feet, warming in cow droppings. At school in WWII, end of the war. Electric milking parlours, 80-100 cows. Milking out for the best milk. Not swimming. Maori-built island. Playing on sand hills. Father ill, so left school at 14. Sleepwalking uncle. Experience of school. Had wanted to be a schoolteacher. Compulsory Military Training (CMT), driving heavy vehicles, low pay. Later, 3 weeks a year service.
Published: 6/06/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 30-05-2023 - Episode 263 - Frank Goldingham, Part 4 of 4( 0:28:2)       
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Married for 53 years so far. How they met, married after 7 months. 9 years age difference. Renting, 2 children born, then bought house on leasehold land, then to Lincoln Terrace. Social life before marriage – dances, American influence. Movies. Radio programmes. Television. Wife doing voluntary work. Grandchildren now active in many more sports. Handball at boarding school. Walking in a group from 1991. Power walking. Competitive walking. Race walking, Nordic walking.
Published: 30/05/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 23-05-2023 - Episode 262 - Frank Goldingham, Part 3 of 4( 0:27:57)       
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Frank Goldingham, Part 3 of 4. Books on the Royal tours of NZ, book of photos on a tour in the 1960s? (1970??). Queen Mother’s tour. Memories of events on the tours. Rapid production and distribution of the publications. Printing, hand-folding and stapling. Lord of the Rings, an extra and a body-double for Saruman. Detail on the costumes. Filming, the catering. Saruman’s nails. The role of a film double. Masters Games.
Published: 23/05/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 16-05-2023 - Episode 261 - Frank Goldingham, Part 2 of 4( 0:28:58)       
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Frank Goldingham, Part 2 of 4. At the Convent school in 1940s. An incident with broken glasses. Send for private tuition. Moved to Wanganui, Marist Brothers. Service cars. Impressions of WWII, recalls end of the war. Ration coupons, petrol rationing. “Drowning” incident. Strick discipline in school. 1945 to convent school in Levin, then boarding at Sacred Heart College in Auckland. Trams in Auckland. Early jobs and starting as a printer. Activities while at school - building a radio.
Published: 16/05/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 09-05-2023 - Episode 260 - Frank Goldingham, Part 1 of 4( 0:27:57)       
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Frank Goldingham, Part 1 of 4. Interested in printing and publishing from childhood, and started printing in 1950s. Feilding Herald, Photorama. Joe Sing. Hand-fed printing. Buying a printing press. Being a compositor. Moving into computers in 1981. Early small computers (Sinclair, Commodore, Atari, etc.). Grew to have several shops around New Zealand. Limited software, importing games. Spreadsheets, etc.. IBM. Franchise holders. Limited competition at first. Smith City cutting margins.
Published: 9/05/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 02-05-2023 - Episode 259 - John Hornblow 2 of 2( 0:25:16)       
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John Hornblow Part 2 of 2. Travel and pilgrimages, St Paul in Greece and Turkey trip shortly. War and earthquake risks. Meaning of pilgrimage. Organisation of trips. Book on pilgrimage sites in New Zealand. Local sites. Environmental pilgrimages. An exercise with grandchildren. Lessons from places visited. Places visited in Greece. A future trip including Ireland. Pilgrimage as an alternative type of tour. Preparing a book on pilgrimages.
Published: 2/05/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 25-04-2023 - Episode 258 - John Hornblow 1 of 2( 0:24:44)       
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John Hornblow Part 1 of 2. Taking funerals for 25-30 years. Planning ahead. Burial or cremation. Funerals during Covid. Cultural differences. Lessons from Maori. Children attending. Grief and dying. Sudden deaths. Training for celebrants. Interesting incidents. Payment. Preparation for funerals vs weddings.
Published: 25/04/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 18-04-2023 - Episode 257 - Remai Hehir Part 3 of 3( 0:27:57)       
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Remai Hehir Part 3 of 3. Married in 1948, stopped teaching. Glen Oroua School. Class of 48 and then 40 children. Coping with the big age range. Getting married. Farming in Taikorea. Had 12 children, the last 2 were twins born 11 weeks early and one died. A daughter dying after falling out of a car. Family links to Taikorea School. Activities on a sheep farm in Remai’s childhood, scrub cutting scheme. Raising a large family, jobs for children. Now many in the family farming along Taikorea Road.
Published: 18/04/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 11-04-2023 - Episode 256 - Remai Hehir Part 2 of 3( 0:25:52)       
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Remai Hehir Part 2 of 3. Sacred Heart schooling in Wanganui, 1930s. Centennial Exhibition in Wellington, 1939. Brother leaving school to help on the farm. To Teachers College in Christchurch, 1941, eventful journey. Peter Munz. Returning to teaching in 1970s, Oroua Downs. Earlier teaching experience at Glen Oroua. Getting to know future husband at WI dances. Women’s Institute. Songs at the dances.
Published: 11/04/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 04-04-2023 - Episode 255 - Remai Hehir Part 1 of 3( 0:31:17)       
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Remai Hehir Part 1 of 3. Turning 100 soon. Born in Wanganui, grew up on an isolated farm, learning by correspondence. Felt the Napier earthquake. Shopping once a month. Limited socializing, no power (candles, primus, wood stove). Type of wood for baking. Imaginary friends. Boarding school in Wanganui from intermediate age. Getting a Ford car. First gramophone. A young farm worker.
Published: 4/04/2023 3:00:00 p.m.

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