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Episode 320 - Vicki-Marie Buchanan Part 4 of 4( 0:23:32)       
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As a drama teacher at St Marks school she used the Trinity College syllabus as a framework for the year. Term one and two were spent learning fundamental skills culminating in a performance in term three. Persuaded by a Trinity College examiner to do FTCL (Fellowship of Trinity College London) which included writing a thesis. Invited to become an examiner with Trinity College Took leave from school to travel to London for assessment. Travelled for five weeks at a time to examine in other countries – India, China, USA, Canada, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Australia. Working with Trinity College was a most humbling, enriching, inspirational experience. Settled in Palmerston North in 2013 and remarried. A visit to Pike River memorial resulted in her writing a play for the school to perform.
Published: 2/07/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations Episode 319 - Vicki-Marie Buchanan Part 3 of 4( 0:28:2)       
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After maternity leave she returned to work at Air NZ. Left Air NZ and worked from home typing for Wellington Regional Council. Still heavily involved with drama activities and acted in performances with Wellington Operatic Society - The Great Waltz, King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, Gilbert and Sullivan. Fiddler on the Roof taught her about the Jewish faith. Taught speech and drama privately. Studied singing. Performed in operas – La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, Merry Widow. Did some TV advertising work. Worked for Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) Taught drama in a private primary school with a limited authority to teach. Teaching drama highlighted social issues with children. Huge changes with introduction of the New Zealand Arts Curriculum. Went to a Trinity College presentation. A new syllabus in a classroom environment was developed. Secondary schools had good resources but primary schools were the poor relation especially with drama and dance. Trinity College examiners starting to examine school group dramas. Produced by Manawatū People's Radio with the support of New Zealand On Air.
Published: 25/06/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Episode 318 - Vicki-Marie Buchanan Part 2 of 4( 0:28:2)       
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Left Department of Internal Affairs after six months and joined NAC (National Airways Corporation) administration about 1975. Worked there 13 years. Reservations and ticketing was a very manual job pre-computers NAC merged with Air NZ and she got a job as secretary to the supply manager involved with buying and selling aircraft. Married 1976. Transferred to Wellington airport as secretary to the district senior pilot and worked with aircrew. Erebus disaster had a big effect on staff. Reads Bill Sewell poem ‘Sestina on History and the Snow’ Took maternity leave in 1982. Husband was made redundant and became a house husband. Vicki-Marie wanted to go back to work after three months but her job had been given to someone else. Produced by Manawatū People's Radio with the support of New Zealand On Air.
Published: 18/06/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Episode 317 - Vicki-Marie Buchanan Part 1 of 4( 0:27:36)       
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Born in Hamilton and lived in Claudelands until about eight years old. Developed an interest in drama. Father was in the Anglican ministry and family shifted to Auckland. Faith is an important part of her life. As a baby Vicki was not expected to live so was christened as Vicki-Marie. Started formal speech and drama lessons in Auckland. A good rounded childhood. Took part in a children’s theatre. Moved to Te Aroha and Matamata, back to Hamilton then to Lower Hutt. Went to Hutt Valley High School and continued drama with different teachers. Hutt Valley High School uniform more casual that Hamilton Girls High. Learned shorthand typing and book keeping. She was more practical than academic. Sat Trinity College exams. Involved with repertory productions. Joined Department of Internal Affairs in Bowen State Building, Wellington, as a shorthand typist. Very much like Roger Hall’s “Gliding On”. Men wore shorts and walk socks. Partner, Ross, worked in the same area for NZ Forest Service Went to night school at Polytech for Pitmans and trade certification exams. In her family, as a child, education and qualifications were important.
Published: 11/06/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Episode 316 - Tania Kopytko Part 2( 0:30:22)       
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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: 4/06/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Episode 315 - Tania Kopytko Part 1( 0:27:50)       
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Tania is involved with a project called “Untold Stories – World War II Displaced Persons Who Settled in Palmerston North” It is focused on national and local history that is untold. An estimated 5000 displaced people came to New Zealand between 1949 and 1952 from Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. Many from displaced persons camps from the ravages of WWII and civil war. The project covers people who came from Belarus, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania and Latvia. She tells the story of her father who spent time in a Russian Gulag, was captured by Germans and put in POW camps and eventually became a displaced person in the UK. Many who came to New Zealand went to a camp for displaced people at Pahiatua where they learned the English language and New Zealand culture then placed in jobs. They filled New Zealand’s need for skilled labour. Research for the project is difficult because many records are restricted until 2065. Polish people though have preserved their own history.
Published: 28/05/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Episode 314 - Hospice Part 2( 0:31:58)       
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Hospice, Part 2 of 2. It is sometimes difficult getting family together when they may be in other parts of the world. It is important to have an advanced care plan to state what you want happened if you can’t speak for yourself. Find out from the patient who is important to them. Difficult for people who have married several times. Hospice users cover different cultures and staff are aware of their different needs. A biography service records and publishes persons biography with photos which can be kept by the family. Government provides 53% of operational costs. It used to be 73%. Partnerships and work in the community is where the growth is going to be. There is an increasing number of older people. There is a shortage of medical specialists and palliative care nurses. A need to share services regionally. Hospices are independent but Hospice New Zealand provides advocacy and support. Since its inception nobody has had to pay for care. Community fundraising is very important and very successful. Smoking. Equity and community funding.
Published: 21/05/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Episode 313 - Hospice Part 1( 0:28:27)       
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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. A movement was started in mid 1980s to establish a hospice in Palmerston North. Mary McKenna and Dr Garth Wallace were involved from the start and fund raising started. Palmerston North Hospital not keen to have a hospice but the public were. Opened in 1991 with eight beds Purpose - to provide holistic care in the last period of life, to support patients and family. Acquired and developed the medical superintendent’s house on hospital property at 1 Heretaunga Street, Palmerston North. Friends of Hospice donate $20,000 every year. Over 120 staff – mostly part time paid staff and volunteers including community nurses, inpatient nurses, occupational therapists and a chaplin. A large family support team. They also help with PoA and wills. Support carers at home and the surviving partner. Palliative care training is provided for carers, nurse practitioners and other staff. They keep in touch with GPs Most people are cared for in their homes – that’s where they want to be. Patients from Peka Peka in the south to Waiouru in the north and Whanganui to Tararua. Only 27% ever have an inpatient stay and mostly for only a short time. Care and advice available 24/7 Once cancer was predominant but now 30% of patients have a different life limiting illness e.g. bad heart, kidney failure, motor neurone disease etc
Published: 14/05/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Episode 312 - Mike Lawrence( 0:28:2)       
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Late 1880s travel between Wellington and Auckland was train to New Plymouth, ship to Onehunga and local train to Auckland. First through train using the main trunk line was 1909. Two trains each way each night – Limited and Express Mail van on the express transported and sorted mail for stations en route. Trains had first class and second class carriages and a sleeping car. Could hire pillows. Disabled people not catered for. Frequent stops for refreshments and fuelling steam locomotives. Limited express train replaced by Silver Star overnight train using diesel locomotives in 1971. Single and double cabins. Seats converted to beds. Built-in toilet units. Every carriage had an attendant who would look after passenger needs and serve breakfast on a tray. Trains had a dining car for evening meals and beverages. Air travel became more popular during 1970s. Silver Star patronage declined and Silver Star stopped in 1979. Plans to convert Silver Star to a ‘seats only’ daytime train didn’t work so some carriages were sold to Malaysia. 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: 7/05/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 30-04-2024 - Episode 311 - Guy Donaldson Part 5 of 5( 0:28:2)       
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College of Education merged into Massey University. He was not satisfied with the changes. Less emphasis on music. Didn’t like institutional life any more so asked to take leave for a year and eventually took voluntary redundancy. Became a piano and vocal teacher working from home. His wife, Judith, did doctorate on the pressures on music teachers in secondary schools. He increased his involvement with community music in Palmerston North. Worked with Anna Leese and Dame Malvina Major Because of ageing population, there was a change to afternoon or house concerts. Reduced audiences restricted Regent Theatre to downstairs only. Ballet can attract larger audiences because it is more visual. What is now concert music was initially music found in churches or amongst the wealthy royalty of Europe. Brass band music and aspects of choral music were related to the working class. Chamber music is considered elitist. Some children these days have a very short attention span but there are exceptions. He has the luxury of being able to work with young people to support their personal growth and musical growth. Has a five year old student who is the very best of his piano students. To succeed, a musician needs personal characteristics such as stamina, self-discipline and resilience. Music therapy is important for older people. “Music goes deeper into the soul than does speech”
Published: 30/04/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 23-04-2024 - Episode 310 - Guy Donaldson Part 4 of 5( 0:28:2)       
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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: 23/04/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 16-04-2024 - Episode 309 - Guy Donaldson Part 3 of 5( 0:27:11)       
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Was the founding head of music at Awatapu College. Employed in second year of college existence. College’s culture was equality for all. Non streaming. Became Assistant Dean. Left school teaching to focus on piano playing and teaching. Set up his own piano teaching practice mainly after school and Saturday mornings. Marriage collapsed. Abandoned private teaching and became an English teacher at Palmerston North Girls High School. Shifted to Auckland and started a piano teaching practice in Remuera and part time music teacher at Sacred Heart College. Was appointed the vocal trainer for Leonard Bernstein production called Mass and played in the orchestra with the Auckland Symphonia. Returned to Palmerston North and took a position at the teachers college. Music scene in Auckland too big. He was a small cog in a big wheel. Family life suffered because of ambition to succeed in work. Marriage broke up. After an overseas trip came back to Palmerston North Teachers College and worked with Graham Parsons, Morva Croxson, Fleur Stark, Robert Hoskins and Jenny Boyack. Money was available for a very liberal education. University and college training did not prepare upcoming teachers adequately for real life classroom teaching.
Published: 16/04/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 09-04-2024 - Episode 308 - Guy Donaldson Part 2 of 5( 0:28:1)       
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While at Canterbury University it was suggested he take up secondary school teaching. Decided to be a teacher of English and French but was persuaded to drop French and take music. Started teaching at Rongotai College in Wellington where he was eventually in charge of music. Teaching boys songs often descended into chaos. Met his first wife who was also on the staff of Rongotai College. Was in charge of the Bach Choir in Wellington for one year before Roy Tankersley took over as music director. Decided to resuscitate his piano playing so had sessions with Maurice Collier who he had previously met at Whanganui Collegiate. Maurice lived near Taihape. Moved to Palmerston North to Freyberg High School. Became involved in the Operatic Society then took up a position with the Palmerston North Choral Society. Also taught at Awatapu College. Wanted more time to focus on piano so resigned from Awatapu College and became a private piano teacher in the 1980s, His wife was a teacher at Linton prison.
Published: 9/04/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 02-04-2024 - Episode 307 - Guy Donaldson Part 1 of 5( 0:27:57)       
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Well known in Palmerston North music scene. Raised in Whanganui. Interested in drama but had a speech impediment so took up piano. Didn’t have a piano at home so practiced on other people’s pianos. Started piano lessons when at intermediate school. Eventually got a piano. Went to Whanganui Collegiate as a day boy and met a piano teacher, Maurice Collier. Piano teaching was not part of school curriculum so parents had to pay. Was a duck out of water because most boys played sport. Spent most of the first term in hospital with peritonitis. Was school prefect during his last year at school and was required to cane other boys which he didn’t like. Went to Canterbury University where Maurice Till was a piano tutor. Focused on doing a BA in English. Music was part of BA. Sang in university choir. Also had to do chamber music. While performing at the Ngaio Marsh Theatre the piano caught in the rising curtain and lifted it off the floor. He owns an electronic keyboard but won’t use it for performances. The acoustic piano offers a greater range of colour and variety of sound. He prefers a grand piano.
Published: 2/04/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 26-03-2024 - Episode 306 - Group discussion, Easter and Christmas( 0:27:54)       
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Group discussion, Easter and Christmas Suggested that Easter is a bigger Christian festival than Christmas. Easter chocolates, hot cross buns, Sunday roast lamb. Some people have no meat on Good Friday. Fish is ok. Easter not mentioned in schools because of diverse religious groups. A big change in Easter shopping hours in recent years. Christmas – a trend towards a more easily prepared Christmas lunch so everyone can participate in pre-lunch socialising. Barbeques and salads. In years gone by – Christmas pudding with coins in it. Christmas cake. Carols. Crackers. In northern hemisphere, Christmas breaks up the monotony of long, cold days. Brass bands travelling around the neighbourhood on the back of trucks playing Christmas carols. Christmas lights in London. Snow on English roads melted by spreading salt which caused rust in cars. Presents from parents for children in pillow cases when they woke on Christmas Day but other presents under the Christmas tree for opening later.
Published: 26/03/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 19-03-2024 - Episode 305 - Group discussion: Food reminiscences( 0:28:2)       
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Sunday roast dinners. No refrigerators. Perishable food was kept in safes with air flow. Roast chicken only for special occasions. Difference between European and Asian styles of eating and food of different ethnicities. Ingredients difficult to get during war years. Milk delivered early in the morning by a milkman. Billies no bottles. Milk at schools for health reasons. Problem with keeping it out of the sun. Milk puddings. Britain used to have school dinners. Some New Zealand schools now serve lunch. Discussion about children’s footwear. Children now encouraged to grow their own produce. 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: 19/03/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 12-03-2024 - Episode 304 - Lynley de Roles( 0:28:46)       
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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: 12/03/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 05-03-2024 - Episode 303 - Neill Haggarty part 2 of 2( 0:27:7)       
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Neill Haggarty part 2 of 2. Explains difference between endemic, native, introduced and vagrant birds. Endemic bird population is reducing because of loss of habitat caused by humans. Efforts are being made to develop reserves and eliminate predators. Tuis have adapted to urban environment because of planting of nectar trees. Tuis move out of town to bush areas such as Turitea Valley and lower Ruahines at night. He talks about migratory birds. Manawatu Estuary a world heritage site. Photography useful to help with identification. New Zealand considered seabird capital of the world. Blue duck (Whio) is rare (endemic) and found nowhere else in the world
Published: 5/03/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 27-02-2024 - Episode 302 - Neill Haggarty part 1 of 2( 0:27:57)       
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Neill Haggarty part 1 of 2. Involved with New Zealand Bird Atlas probably largest citizen science project undertaken in NZ. In conjunction with Cornell University ornithology laboratory. Part of a worldwide project. Running over five years – ending May 2024 – to determine distribution and abundance of every bird species seen. Observations recorded digitally using GPS. New Zealand divided into squares and each observation placed in a square. May be different environments in the same square. Reviewers check observations and may ask for more information. www.ebird.org
Published: 27/02/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 20-02-2024 - Episode 301 - Keith Hunt Part 2 of 2( 0:27:44)       
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In early days social life at Taikorea included outdoor bowls and indoor bowls. Bowling green on Keith’s farm. Indoor bowling involved other rural communities. Also table tennis. Neighbours helped each other e.g hay making and machinery. Active church and Sunday school Keith’s grandfather, Ted Print, was farming in the area since 1908. Pakehas, no Maori.Has contact with distant relations in England. Family history goes back to pre 1840s. Family reunion in 1990. 450 Hunt family attended. Interest in travel started in 1963 with holiday in Australia. Worked in England. Large arable farms and class system. Travelled to USA. 90 day Greyhound bus pass. Went to Canada then Wales and Scotland. Returned to NZ married Raewyn in 1976 and purchased farm from his father in 1978 and built house 1980
Published: 20/02/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 13-02-2024 - Episode 300 - Keith Hunt Part 1 of 2( 0:27:44)       
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Born in Palmerston North. Grew up on family farm at Taikorea, Manawatu. Father had two farms one of which was leased. Changed from dairy farming to sheep 1960 – 1965 then switched back to dairy. About 80 cows. Supplied cream to Rongotea dairy factory. Very profitable. Whole family went to Australia for a holiday which whetted his appetite for travel. Has travelled extensively including tramping to base camp in Himalayas. Father married Nancy Print. Keith attended Palmerston North Boys High School and left at age 15. Married Raewyn Edwards from New Plymouth, a teacher, in 1976. Leased then bought a farm from his father and ran beef. Enjoyed buying and selling cattle. A good relationship with stock agents. A lot of business conducted by phone which was difficult with a party line. Established Sanson Transport in 1989. Groceries delivered from Rongotea. More corporate farms these days but still some family farms. Dairy herds and farms now much larger. Rural population declining. Schools, churches and communities closing.
Published: 13/02/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 06-02-2024 - Episode 299 - Ngaire Finkle Part 2 of 2( 0:27:57)       
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Ngaire Finkle, Part 2 of 2. Involvement with Soroptimist International for 24 years from the 1980s. Working with a group in Thailand to counter trafficking of women and children. Also fundraising for clearing landmines. Travelling around NZ and for international conferences in Australia. Travel to Mongolia to see results of fundraising. Ger (yurt) tents. Poverty in Mongolia. Poor roads, traffic. Mongolian husbands going to Russia for work, not returning. On to Thailand for a conference, big contrast. Started with Zonta, then switched to Soroptimists and stayed. Monthly meetings. Numbers dropping off. Younger people not joining. Also for car clubs. Comparison with Zonta. Miniature Makers club, dolls’ houses, etc..
Published: 6/02/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 30-01-2024 - Episode 298 - Ngaire Finkle Part 1 of 2( 0:27:40)       
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Ngaire Finkle, Part 1 of 2. Hostess on the Silver Fern in the early 1970s. Uniforms. Hours of work. Duties, types of passenger, behaviour. Alcohol and smoking on the train. Moved on to office work after 6½ years. Wanted to keep in touch with computers as important developments happening for work. Worked for a travel company, 6 week holiday in Australia. (Dog noises in the background.) Saw a very long train. Family background in railways. Moved to Palmerston North for husband’s railways work.
Published: 30/01/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 23-01-2024 - Episode 297 - Carole Collins Part 3 of 3( 0:28:49)       
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Carol Collins, Part 3 of 3. Changed approach to stillbirth. Creating a specialist midwife role with stillbirths. Supporting families. Families having control over events, choosing date of induction. Improved treatments. Process after birth. Grieving. Caskets made by Men’s Shed, clothing by others. Postmortems. SANNZ. Impact of stillbirth on families. Testing after stillbirths. Subsequent pregnancies.
Published: 23/01/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 16-01-2024 - Episode 296 - Carole Collins Part 2 of 3( 0:28:50)       
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Carol Collins, Part 2 of 3. Changes in midwifery practice since the 1970s. Use of water baths, birthing stools. The Cartwright Report. Midwives increased autonomy, degree training. Clothing, uniforms. COVID and masks. People becoming midwives. Career choices, started studying law, then changed. Changes in midwife training.
Published: 16/01/2024 3:00:00 p.m.