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Manawatu Conversations

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Manawatu Conversations 27-07-2021 - Episode 168( 0:27:11)       
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Robin Coleman and Jackie Sayers, part 1 of 4. Jackie came to NZ in 1958. Wanted a country without a class system. Experience of system. Grammar school. Jackie’s and Robin’s wartime childhoods. Robin’s evacuation, father absence. After the war, mother continued working. Jackie coming to NZ as a service wife in 1958 on the Captain Cook with a baby, husband already in NZ. Information given about NZ. The journey out. Robin came on the Southern Cross in 1963.
Published: 7/27/2021 12:00:33 PM
Manawatu Conversations 20-07-2021 - Episode 167( 0:26:33)       
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Andy Asquith and Iola Haggarty Part 2. Centralising public sector organization. Centralising versus decentralising. Councillors versus chief executives, training for elected representatives. Lack of trust in local authorities. Few links between councils and academics. New land for housing, traffic congestion. Public consultation a farce. Which organization has responsibility? Lack of knowledge of civics.
Published: 7/20/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 13-07-2021 - Episode 166( 0:26:59)       
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Andy Asquith and Iola Haggarty Part 1. Comprehensive review of local government just announced. Problems with local government finance. Shared services. Low voter turnout. Lessons from the Covid pandemic. A constitution for NZ? Checks and balances. Power of the chief executive. Neoliberalism. Governance versus the representative role.
Published: 7/13/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 06-07-2021 - Episode 165( 0:31:37)       
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John Waldon pt 3 of 3
Published: 7/6/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 29-06-2021 - Episode 164( 0:36:19)       
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John Waldon Part 2. Involvement in the Public Health Association. Composition of membership. Scope of public health. Screening programmes. Vaccination. Changing behaviours. Covid-19 response. Hepatitis B. Identifying benefits from public health programmes. Screening and contact tracing. Diabetes. Compliance, registers.
Published: 6/29/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 22-06-2021 - Episode 163( 0:44:5)       
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John Waldon Part 1. Elected to Mid-Central District Health Board. Boards due to be abolished in a restructuring. Current Board objectives, limited scope. Purpose of reforms. Centralisation of specialist services. Family support for patients. International health labour market. Adjustment to restructuring. Loss of elected representatives, but more community advocacy. Handling people’s issues and complaints. Ageing primary health workforce. Separate Maori health delivery.
Published: 6/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 15-06-2021 - Episode 162( 0:35:19)       
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Grant Hadfield, Part 2 of 2. 2002 became Chief Executive Officer of FarmSafe. Developed educational safety programmes for farms. Impact of an on-farm injury. Consulting, then retired and went into local body politics, 2019. Learning to be a local body politician, having a mentor. Valuing democracy. Party politics in local government. The fourth estate and politics. Use of social media, Facebook. Relationship between elected officials and council staff. Impacts of political life on family.
Published: 6/15/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 08-06-2021 - Episode 161( 0:33:12)       
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Grant Hadfield, Part 1 of 2. Long family history in NZ, 1823 Henry Williams arrived, later translated the Treaty of Waitangi. Other prominent ancestors. Father developed Lindale Farm. Grant went farming, but hit by policies from 1984 as recently bought a farm with high debt. Impact of family background on perception of self. Letters by Bishop Octavius Hadfield. Moved to Manawatu in 1989. Experience as farmer with policy changes in the 1980s. Communication different now, so knew little about world events then. Job as rep for Reed Publishing, then A&P executive officer, 7 A&P shows at the Showgrounds (Arena) including 2 Royal Shows. Pigs at the Royal Show.
Published: 6/8/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 01-06-2021 - Episode 160( 0:32:12)       
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Darroch Ball, 2 of 2. Losing an election. Working for Sensible Sentencing Trust. Objectives of the organization. Issues with sentencing. Physical discipline. Prisons and reoffending. Remand and electronic bail. White collar crime. Family structure/policies affecting crime rates? Gangs and the army – similarities and differences. Value of LSV (Limited Service Volunteers). Compulsory community service.
Published: 6/1/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 25-05-2021 - Episode 159( 0:35:18)       
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Darroch Ball, Part 1 of 2. Grew up in Auckland, university then army officer for 7 years, logistics officer. Why left the army. Limited Services Volunteers. YMCA then diploma in teaching and became a high school teacher. Father and discipline. Joined NZ First, elected to parliament. Winston Peters. Operation of parliament and select committees.
Published: 5/25/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 18-05-2021 - Episode 158( 0:27:23)       
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Peleiupu Etuale. Came to NZ at 16, after WWII. Soldiers living near them during the war. Samoans working for the soldiers. Japanese bombing. Children playing with grenades, etc., getting killed/injured. Children kept home, no school, Japanese submarine threat. Children not to mix with soldiers. Soldiers fighting. Coming to NZ. Wanted to stay with father. Education opportunities in NZ, but sent straight to work. Teaching first aid in schools, cooking to young adults. Sister in Samoa trained to be a teacher. Contact with Samoa, seeing father again.
Published: 5/18/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 11-05-2021 - Episode 157( 0:28:24)       
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Helen King. Work with MPR as funding manager. Purpose of Access Radio. Range of platforms. How to run a programme. Helen’s programmes. Changing technology. Recording during Covid-19 lockdown. Archiving programmes. Station staff. Feilding hub and portable studios. Programme makers. Video. Audience, live and after broadcast. Future developments. Source of local information, control of content. Impact of the environment. Editing recordings. Manchester House in Feilding. “Manchester” products.
Published: 5/11/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 20-04-2021 - Episode 156( 0:37:18)       
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Ian McKelvey, Part 3 of 3. Climate change and the environment. Adaptation. Urbanisation. RSE scheme (Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme). Mechanised dairying. NZ as a Pacific/Asian country. Population growth. National response to Covid-19. Experience in parliament – personality politics, under-resourced media. Ex-politicians, career politicians. Over-65 voters. Government borrowing and debt. Forestry, carbon credits.
Published: 4/20/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 13-04-2021 - Episode 155( 0:32:7)       
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Ian McKelvey Part 2 of 3. Getting into politics. Elected in by-election for Mayor of Manawatu. Bob Moody. Consensus politics, 1 vote in 9 years as Mayor. CEOs for management, council for governance. Feilding as a centre. Councils versus central government. Whanganui. Maori influence/representation. Maori wards. Press coverage. Quality of councillors. Maori culture. Use of productive land. Move to parliament. Workload. The disability sector. Select committees. The elderly.
Published: 4/13/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-06-04-2021 - Episode 154( 0:33:13)       
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Ian McKelvey Part 1 of 3. MP for Rangitikei. Always lived on Tangimoana Rd. Family came about 1845. Links between early settler families. Integration of new migrants. Childhood schooling, Clydesdale School then Huntley. Riding to school. The Whanganui Collegiate. Small rural secondary schools struggling. Royal connections. Left school and worked in farming, some Massey agriculture study. Colombo Plan students. UK leaving the EU. NZ food exports. Sheep and beef farming. Marriage. Farming with brother. Keeping family farm as a unit (trusts, companies). Trusts less functional now. Corporatisation of farming. Little impact from the Vietnam War. Flax in the area. Development of the sand hills.
Published: 4/6/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-30-03-2021 - Episode 153( 0:32:45)       
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Betty-Anne Lawler-Wishnowsky Part 2 of 2. Teaching, Ross Intermediate for probationary year, then primary teaching at Terrace End, then secondary at Manawatu College. Not a rigid curriculum. Total emersion schools. Involvement with Maori, attempts to increase number of Maori teachers. Grandson now a qualified teacher, family tradition. How teaching has changed. New Zealand history in schools. Assessment in schools (internal exams). Gifted children, special needs children. Teaching English in a total emersion school. To Teachers’ College. Maori trained teachers diverted to government departments because of language skills. Requirement of 3% of school material in Maori. Widowed and left teaching to run husband’s animal pharmaceuticals business.
Published: 3/30/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-23-03-2021 - Episode 152( 0:28:49)       
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Betty-Anne Lawler-Wishnowsky Part 1 of 2. 1940s, children born in Palmerston North nursing homes. Rostrata Maternity Home. Changes to Palmerston North (trees in Ruahine Street). Milson as a railway settlement (“country kids”). Dux of Milson School, teachers. Moved into town. Cycled or walked everywhere. Played cricket and rugby. Country school activities. The Queen came. Husband was a vet. Difficult adjustment to town living. Much larger school. Misbehaving at school. Detention. Subjects taken. Teachers’ College, career choices, boys’ options.
Published: 3/23/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-16-03-2021 - Episode 151( 0:36:54)       
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Joe Sing, Part 5 of 5. Teaching the business of professional photography. Business plans. Balancing income and expenditure. Getting conned. Employees. Business problems. Insurance. Establishing a degree programme, Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging. Digital photography. Photographing scenery and objects. Clients with spectacles. The human side. Light meters.
Published: 3/16/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-09-03-2021 - Episode 150( 0:29:43)       
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Joe Sing, Part 4 of 5. Tips for photographers. Box camera problems. Exposure time in early photographs. Enjoyment of photography, the business of photography. Developing courses and teaching photography. Professional qualifications for photographers, including how to run a business. Relating to customers, posing the client. Photographing men versus women.
Published: 3/8/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-02-03-2021 - Episode 149( 0:31:29)       
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Joe Sing, Part 3 of 5. Asian name order and meanings. Going into photography. Wedding photographs (1960s). Street photographers. Polaroid cameras. Colour photography, fading. “Stringers”. Importance of light. Photography tips.
Published: 3/2/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-23-02-2021 - Episode 148( 0:26:7)       
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Joe Sing Part 2 of 5. Asked if can take photos, got a job as a photographer, apprenticed at 50c an hour, working with people so learned a lot. Set up own business. Criteria for hiring. Arranged marriage, compared to school dance culture. Influence of mothers then, matriarchs. Accepting changes. Cultural differences, local Chinese more traditional than recent immigrants. Son a dentist, daughter a barrister.
Published: 2/23/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-16-02-2021 - Episode 147( 0:32:30)       
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Joe Sing, Part 1 of 5. Came to Palmerston North when about 5 years old, just after WWII. Born in Shanghai. 3rd generation (grandfather could not bring family because Chinese). Why Chinese looked young for their age. Chinese names. First time eating bread and jam. Living in a coal shed. Holiday. Moved into a laundry and opened a fruit shop. Other shops around. Fiesta coffee bar. Mother knew little English. Just missed the poll tax. Sent to convent school, then Marist Brothers. Knew little English. Friends. Why flyers use “Roger”. Father had stroke, take over the fruit shop? Buying vegetables at auction. Supermarket opened nearby.
Published: 2/16/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-09-02-2021 - Episode 146( 0:30:54)       
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Alan Cull Part 2 of 2. With K-force in Korea, coping with the extreme cold. No electricity for lighting. Dental procedures. Treating a Korean. The RSA. Reaction to returned servicemen. Volunteered for the adventure, little thought of politics or the enemy. Saw little sign of the airforce. Support services in the artillery unit. Army Service Corps. Americans had bigger artillery than their 25 pounders. Depth of defences. Reaction to Chinese breakthrough, Battle of Kapyong. Return to South Korea in 1997. How viewed in NZ as Korean veteran. Any advice for young people about war service? Casualties.
Published: 2/9/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-02-02-2021 - Episode 145( 0:31:37)       
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Alan Cull, Part 1 of 2. Part 1. Volunteered to be in the dental unit for K-force to Korea in 1950. 1 dentist for 1000 troops. With the artillery, moving up north to Imjin River. Very cold in winter, poorly equipped first winter. Other nationalities there. Field artillery far forward, sometimes had to move at 20 minutes notice (“mobile dental section”). Many refugees, few stayed put. Ages of serving troops. 4 months training in Waiouru before leaving. In Korea over 2 years. Most casualties among the infantry. Leave in Japan after 8-9 months. In tents at -40 degrees Centigrade, poorly equipped for the first winter. Food.
Published: 2/2/2021 1:00:00 PM