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Manawatu Conversations

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Manawatu Conversations 29-11-2022 - Episode 237 - John Hornblow part 1 of 2( 0:26:6)       
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John Hornblow, Part 1 of 2. First elected in 2001 after some previous attempts. Attitude towards the staff. Perspectives as deputy mayor. A big flood. Local Maori. City as a distribution hub and public sector activity in PN. Recognizing local war dead. Windfarms. Recycling. Events and festivals. Parks and Reserves. Sister City Missoula, Montana.
Published: 29/11/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 22-11-2022 - Episode 236 - Ross Cassells, part 3 of 3( 0:25:7)       
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Ross Cassells Part 3 of 3. Leaving DoC. To Massey University to do development studies. Different perspective in the social sciences. Fieldwork in the Solomon Islands. Living in a leaf house. Pidgin English. Experiencing the local culture and knowledge. Mosquitos. Masters Thesis comparing commercial and subsistence forestry. High subsistence value of forests. Use of funds from commercial forestry.
Published: 22/11/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 15-11-2022 - Episode 235 - Ross Cassells, part 2 of 3( 0:24:11)       
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Ross Cassells Part 2 of 3. Transition from NZ Forest Service to DoC. Setting up a DoC district office. Recreation facilities, tracks, huts. The Manawatu Gorge track. The Rangiwahia hut. Scenic reserves. Old man’s beard. Birds and predator control. Pros and cons of restructuring. Mishandling pine forests.
Published: 15/11/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 08-11-2022 - Episode 234 - Ross Cassells, part 1 of 3( 0:34:31)       
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To Palmerston North in 1985, a forester with NZ Forest Service. Description of training and type of work. Living in forestry huts. Erosion. Effects of deer and possums. Importance of undergrowth in indigenous forests. Management plans. Introduction of computers. 1985 restructuring, Ross moved to Department of Conservation. Resources forester. Sand dune forests. Riparian buffer zones. [Forest clearing, alternative approaches, machinery]
Published: 8/11/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 01-11-2022 - Episode 233 - Ivan and Muriel Allott, part 2 of 2( 0:27:56)       
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Ivan and Muriel Allott, part 2 of 2. Recollections of Compulsory Military Training. Badminton at Ohakea. Social activities. Barracks. Hearing a Wurlitzer organ in Auckland. Under 21, so no drinking (officially). Allowed home at weekends. Issue and care of uniforms, developing good habits. Social mixing. Military service for young people now? QEC’s service academy. Benefits of CMT. No assault courses. No non-military service options. Ivan’s pharmacy apprenticeship. How he chose pharmacy.
Published: 1/11/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 25-10-2022 - Episode 232 - Ivan and Muriel Allott, part 1 of 2( 0:27:57)       
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Ivan and Muriel Allott, part 1 of 2. Ivan’s Compulsory Military Training experience in 1957, final intake. 14 weeks in air force. Had been in Air Training Corps at PNBHS. Choice of a trade after initial square bashing. Great air force food. Chose medical trade option. Hobsonville for initial training, then Ohakea. Description of the barracks. Aircraft - Vampires and Devons. Testing for diabetes. Training disrupted by the 1957 flu epidemic, several cases at the air base. Treating people for flu.
Published: 25/10/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 18-10-2022 - Episode 231 - Peggy Pedersen( 0:31:57)       
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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: 18/10/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 11-10-2022 - Episode 230 - Ivan and Muriel Allott, David and Margaret Beere, David Bertram( 0:28:23)       
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Listening to the radio in the 1950s. Aunt Daisy, Children’s Hour, Lone Ranger. Reception problems. 2ZA locally, Garners and shopping reporters. Song requests, hit parades. In the Bag, Selwyn Toogood. Wedding announcements. Housewives listening to radio. Local participation. Crystal sets. Tangiwai disaster radio coverage. Crime serials in evenings, Randy Stone. Sport coverage. News bulletins. Valve radios. Listen with Mother. Reception issues. Teenagers and music. Overseas music.
Published: 11/10/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 04-10-2022 - Episode 229 - Ross Allen Part 2 of 2( 0:26:20)       
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Ross Allen Part 2 of 2. Joined the railways in 1963. Shunting and local trips. Got boiler ticket, then fireman’s ticket. In Woodville to 1969, trips as far as Wellington, diesel. Goods carried, including stock. A bull in a wagon. Delivering petrol in drums. Switch to diesel engines. Maintaining train wheels. A fireman on a diesel train. Became a train driver. How to drive a train. An incident with a train load of lucerne. Air brakes, “charging up” the wagons. Birds nesting in the engine.
Published: 4/10/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 27-09-2022 - Episode 228 - Ross Allen Part 1 of 2( 0:25:47)       
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Ross Allen Part 1 of 2. Born in Otaki maternity home. To Foxton when 6 years old (1951). Father’s work and health problems. Life in Foxton in 1950s. Early interest in trains. Grandfather was a stationmaster. Staff leaving railways in 1950s. Shiftwork. Working in Woodville. Getting steam up in an engine, steps in the process. Using wood and coal. The railway in Foxton. Flax carpets.
Published: 27/09/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 20-09-2022 - Episode 227 - John Jones, Part 3 of 3( 0:27:58)       
Episode Information
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: 20/09/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 13-09-2022 - Episode 226 - John Jones, Part 2 of 3( 0:27:58)       
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John Jones, Part 2 of 3. Friars Grammar School in Wales. School structure in Britain. Woodwork, recently carved furniture. The 11+ exam in Britain, grammar schools and secondary modern schools. Apprenticed as a fitter and turner. Broke apprenticeship after 4½ years to do a Higher National Diploma. Getting paid, pay packets. Skipped 2 years’ national service by going into the merchant navy for four years. In the engine room, travelling to S America and back.
Published: 13/09/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 06-09-2022 - Episode 225 - John Jones, Part 1 of 3( 0:28:5)       
Episode Information
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: 6/09/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 30-08-2022 - Episode 224 - Bikes 2 of 2( 0:27:37)       
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Ivan and Muriel Allott, David and Margaret Beere, David Bertram. A bike repair shop with “courtesy bikes”. Adults using bikes in 1950s and 60s. Dating in time of bikes. Boys escorting girls home. Bike lights. Police checking school children’s bikes in 1990s, plus training track. Mid-50s traffic police. Bike bells. Bike repairs, punctures. Resoling shoes. Children allowed to roam. Bike pumps. Types of bikes, gears. Saddles. Traffic lights for cyclists. Helmets for bikes and motorbikes.
Published: 30/08/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 23-08-2022 - Episode 223 - Bikes 1 of 2( 0:28:56)       
Episode Information
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: 23/08/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 16-08-2022 - Episode 222 - Mary Roberts 2 of 2( 0:27:34)       
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Mary Roberts Part 2 of 2. Came to Palmerston North 1969. First impressions compared to Wellington. Working when younger, giving pay to mother. Benefits of Palmerston North’s location. Liking to be active, but not sporty. Being a “Why” child. Banned from the library. Good and bad children. Memories of childhood. Overhearing adults’ conversations. Walking to school. Social life in Palmerston North. Accounting work in the 60s and 70s. Calculating machines, mental arithmetic.
Published: 16/08/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
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.

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