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Manawatu Conversations

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Manawatu Conversations 07-12-2021 - Episode 186( 0:27:35)       
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Kevin Low, Part 2 of 2. PEC development of EFTPOS (electronic funds transfer at point of sale), at first in petrol pumps perhaps in the late 1980s. Expansion into shops by others. Security systems, card access. Major users here and overseas (Massey University, London Underground). Security division purchased by Gallagher Engineering, Hamilton. Conferences and expos, industrial espionage precautions. Process of product development. 35-40% of expenditure on R&D (eventually about 200 R&D staff).
Published: 12/7/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 30-11-2021 - Episode 185( 0:26:19)       
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Kevin Low, Part 1 of 2. Kevin joined PEC in Marton in 1967 after time working on transistors at DSIR. Company wanted to introduce some high technology. Moved to Marton in 1973. Electric fencing. Innovation in petrol pump design, new ways to buy petrol (prepay, card, etc.). Rapid growth in staff numbers. World leaders in electronic pump technology. Exporting. Origins of the company. Marton lifestyle. Over 3 or 4 years had recruited about 50 R&D staff, innovative spirit. Process of product development. PEC Exporter of the Year, small and nimble. Company culture, staff benefits, gym, parental leave. Overseas travel. Recruiting and graduates.
Published: 11/30/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 23-11-2021 - Episode 184( 0:28:8)       
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Malcolm Busch Part 2 of 2. 17 years as national rollerskating championship manager, the second vice-president. Rollerskating community. Life memberships. 1991 NZ team manager to Hong Kong. Outfits, no safety gear. Asian approach, hospitality. Team manager for competitions hosted in NZ. Experiences in Hong Kong. Team had to have familiar food. “Golden Arches”. Funding manager, grant applications. NZ international skating achievements.
Published: 11/23/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 16-11-2021 - Episode 183( 0:26:37)       
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Malcolm Busch Part 1 of 2. Malcolm’s involvement in rollerskating in Palmerston North started in 1974, daughter Nicola (5YO) keen to learn. After 10 years she was very competent, in national skating championships. 1986 became president of local club. Premises. Local competitions, grades. Daughter’s success, Bronze medal in Hong Kong. Roy Dobbin speed skating coach.
Published: 11/16/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 09-11-2021 - Episode 182( 0:26:49)       
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PN RSA Youth Speech Competition, Tuesday 17th August 2021 on the theme of ANZAC Day. Introduction/description by Joe Hollander. Selected speakers are, in order: Emily Connell (Freyberg HS) – Yr 10 | Sophie Cumming (Freyberg HS) – Yr 11 | Matt Feehan (Freyberg HS) – Yr 12 | John Hopcroft (PNBHS) – Yr 13 | Leo Mwape (PNBHS) – Yr 10 | Lily Tavendale (Freyberg HS) – Yr 10 | Winners – Leo Mwape (PNBHS) – 1st, Lily Tavendale (FHS) – 2nd, Matt Feehan (FHS) – 3rd and Sophie Cumming (FHS) – Highly Commended. | Just as the last speaker is introduced, you will hear an alert signal from cellphones in the audience. The competition was in progress when the country was notified that it would move into a level 4 lockdown at 11:59pm after a community case of COVID-19 was detected in Auckland.
Published: 11/9/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 02-11-2021 - Episode 181( 0:28:5)       
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Lew Findlay, Part 2 of 2. Grey Power is a stand-alone separate lobby group for older people. Description of Age Concern, a government funded support group for older people. Lew involved with Age Concern for over 20 years. Now active with Grey Power – issues affecting older people, housing costs for renters. Empty houses. Rental house as an investment for older people. Changing provision for retirement, KiwiSaver. Superannuation surcharge and the establishment of Grey Power. Aged Care Commissioner. Supporting students on interest free student loans. Lobbying. Key policy issues. Retirement Villages. Other organisations, Senior Citizens, Age Friendly. Range of Age Concern’s activities.
Published: 11/2/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 26-10-2021 - Episode 180( 0:27:36)       
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Lew Findlay, Part 1 of 2. Setting up StreetVan 26 years ago. Early days, volunteers, food. Glue sniffers. Second van to take people home. Community reception. Food and other things donated. Types of homelessness in Palmerston North. Mental health issues. Shepherd’s Rest. Childhood as motivation for this sort of work. War veterans. StreetVan now. Charity shop. Shiloh Rehab centre (now closed). Limited support for people released from prison. StreetVan helping people of all ages.
Published: 10/26/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 19-10-2021 - Episode 179( 0:27:39)       
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Gillian Hunt, Part 2 of 2. Changing relationships over the past 45 years less than might be expected. Some change in roles, but human nature is the same. Problems negotiating in relationships. Children. Marriage versus de facto relationships. The Family Court not functioning so well now, less opportunity for effective counselling. Children and separation, blended families. View of the future. Roles in relationships, changed expectations. De facto relationships, repartnering, suitability of legislation. Grandparents, separations, distance. Teenage children. Best scenarios are better than in the past. Increased cultural diversity.
Published: 10/19/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 12-10-2021 - Episode 178( 0:28:6)       
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Gillian Hunt, Part 1 of 2. Description of interactive drawing therapy, process, origins (Russell Withers), “accessing the client’s unconscious”. Various courses. Expansion to Australia. Who can benefit and why. Examples of the process. Viewing drawings from a distance. Perception of issues. Types of problems addressed. Transactional analysis (TA). Communication and intrapsychic states. Left brain right brain.
Published: 10/12/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 05-10-2021 - Episode 177( 0:27:59)       
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Hugh Akers, Part 2 of 2. Great-grandfather on foundation committee of A&P Show in 1886. The Royal Show. Judging sheep. Types of wool in demand. Relationship between feed and wool quality. Return to wool carpet. Reliance on wool in the past, but not now, price too low. Focus on meat. More frequent lambing. Effect of policy changes in 1980s. Corporatisation of farming. Hidden subsidies. Future outlook for farming. Wide range of skills required. Young people entering farming.
Published: 10/5/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 28-09-2021 - Episode 176( 0:27:37)       
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Hugh Akers, Part 1 of 2
Published: 9/28/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 21-09-2021 - Episode 175( 0:27:50)       
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Richard Mildon, Part 4 of 4. Moving up to a .22 rifle. Shooting in the cadets at school. Cadets week. Cadet activities. NZ national service. In Freyberg High School shooting team. Using .303 rifles. Firing a Bren gun. Types of vegetables, meals. Hogget. Cooking meat. Types of vegetables grown at home. First pork. Chicken. Radio and television. Radio important, various programmes, Life with Dexter. American and English programmes.
Published: 9/21/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 14-09-2021 - Episode 174( 0:27:7)       
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Richard Mildon, Part 3 of 4. As child on a sheep farm, participating in docking. Enjoying open spaces, dipping sheep with a plunge dip. Using guns (air rifle, .22). Duck shooting, filling a lagoon to attract the ducks. Learning to shoot. Shooting first rabbit. Cubs and Boy Scouts. Pat Snoxell and Scout Gang Shows. Scout camps. Long trousers for Venture Scouts and school. Narrower trousers and ties. Desert boots. Vegetables, homegrown and bought. South African oranges.
Published: 9/14/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 07-09-2021 - Episode 173( 0:36:12)       
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Richard Mildon, Part 2 of 4. Book, 100 years of Kairanga School, for 1989. Interest in old things, stamp and coin collecting, vintage cars. School history information, activities. Pre-European history of the Manawatu. Evidence and the received wisdom differ. The Manawatu Block. Scandinavian migrants. Foxton, railway development from Wellington. The Square. Origin of Feilding. Use of agricultural land, lifestyle blocks. Perception of changes over past 75 years. Landscape and windfarms.
Published: 9/7/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 31-08-2021 - Episode 172( 0:34:1)       
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Richard Mildon, Part 1 of 4. Great-grandfather and family (6 children) came to a farm at Kairanga in 1894. 3rd owner, but still much work needed. Had been a teacher in the UK. Good farming land, but many stumps and swampy. Cold, damp homestead. Grandfather became a good farmer. Homestead improved and owned by family until sold a year ago. Changed character of Kairanga. Growing up on a sheep farm. Pet lambs. Growing vegetables. Holidays. A Dutch migrant. Saw Queen twice in 1953. May holidays away. Few ideas of future working life, knew little about farming. Read a lot. Meccano, toy trains. Teaching engineering.
Published: 8/31/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 24-08-2021 - Episode 171a( 0:27:50)       
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Robin Coleman and Jackie Sayers, part 4 of 4. Worked as a social worker from 1980. Early days of university-qualified social workers. 4 year degree with placements. Maori studies. Maori Club at Massey University. New Zealand history, differing perspectives. Nature of social work. Youth institutions. Working with communities. Publication, Highbury Whanau: The Early Years, and the Highbury Whanau Centre. 1985 to hospital as student unit supervisor for student placements in community health. Funding cut after 4 years. Retirement age raised to 65. Into private practice, worked until 79.
Published: 8/24/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 17-08-2021 - Episode 171( 0:30:38)       
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Robin Coleman and Jackie Sayers, part 4 of 4. Worked as a social worker from 1980. Early days of university-qualified social workers. 4 year degree with placements. Maori studies. Maori Club at Massey University. New Zealand history, differing perspectives. Nature of social work. Youth institutions. Working with communities. Publication, Highbury Whanau: The Early Years, and the Highbury Whanau Centre. 1985 to hospital as student unit supervisor for student placements in community health. Funding cut after 4 years. Retirement age raised to 65. Into private practice, worked until 79. [Volunteering with English language partners.]
Published: 8/17/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 10-08-2021 - Episode 170( 0:27:50)       
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Robin Coleman and Jackie Sayers, part 3 of 4. NZ growing seasons compared to Cornwall. Gardening in NZ. Jackie’s first home in NZ, a batch in Muriwai, lifestyle, 6 o’clock swill. NZ pubs in the 1960s, not like in UK. A NZ dance. Robin’s NZ social life, seeing children in bare feet. Jackie’s children changed school often until settled in Feilding in 1973. Robin came in 1963, more linked to Palmerston North. Jackie’s husband became a school teacher and she went to university as a mature internal student. Learning to study. 7 years as an undergraduate (2 degrees, history and then social work).
Published: 8/10/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations 03-08-2021 - Episode 169( 0:27:50)       
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Robin Coleman and Jackie Sayers, part 2 of 4. Jackie’s wartime and post-war living next to military college. Dances, jive, old-time dancing. Robin was a tomboy, living in Cornwall, working in a hotel, children eating in rooms. Robin working in experimental horticulture. Married and worked as farm workers, then came as a family to NZ, Glen Orua. Husband found it difficult, went back to UK, then returned to NZ and settled better.
Published: 8/3/2021 3:00:00 PM
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