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Manawatu Conversations

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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.
Manawatu Conversations 09-01-2024 - Episode 295 - Carole Collins( 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: 9/01/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 02-01-2024 - Episode 294 - Stuart Birks and Iola Haggarty( 0:26:49)       
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Iola Haggarty and Stuart Birks. Iola made new year resolutions but often didn’t keep them. She reflects on the past year and wants to succeed in the following year. “You’ve got to decide what you want in life and set some goals”. As a woman she feels there is often a glass ceiling and has to work hard to succeed but she is glad to be female. She belongs to several environmental groups and is concerned about micro plastics in wastewater. Is annoyed that people want to be paid to do the right thing to protect the planet. Stuart talks about new year’s celebration in Trafalgar Square. What happens there is different from the way it is portrayed on TV. Scottish Hogmanay and first footing are mentioned.
Published: 2/01/2024 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 26-12-2023 - Episode 293 - Stuart Birks and Iola Haggarty( 0:27:53)       
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Iola Haggarty and Stuart Birks. Stuart lived in England until 1978. He compares England’s winter Christmas with that of New Zealand in summer. England winter atmosphere with a lot of smoke from coal fires. Short days. Pea souper smogs. Icy roads treated with salt and grit. Different school and university years from NZ. Recalls time when shops and banks in New Zealand were open for only five days a week. Iola talks of Christmas in New Zealand with a large family.
Published: 26/12/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 19-12-2023 - Episode 292 - Russell Harris, Part 2 of 2( 0:27:53)       
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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: 19/12/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 12-12-2023 - Episode 291 - Russell Harris, Part 1 of 2( 0:27:19)       
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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: 12/12/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 05-12-2023 - Episode 290 - Billie Chote QSM Part 5 of 5( 0:26:1)       
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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: 5/12/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 28-11-2023 - Episode 289 - Billie Chote QSM Part 4 of 5( 0:25:53)       
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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: 28/11/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 21-11-2023 - Episode 288 - Billie Chote QSM Part 3 of 5( 0:27:57)       
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Billie Chote QSM Part 3 of 5. Awapuni School, teaching children from difficult homes, basketball cake league, cross country. Moved on to Riverdale School, very different. The Tartan Clansmen. School camp. 1989 moved to the Ministry of Education a Visiting Teacher. The work of a Visiting Teacher. Picot and Tomorrow’s Schools. A truancy case. Formation of Special Education Services. Team leader for the region’s visiting teachers. Dealing with severe behaviour problem cases.
Published: 21/11/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 14-11-2023 - Episode 287 - Billie Chote QSM Part 2 of 5( 0:27:13)       
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Billie Chote QSM Part 2 of 5. At age 16 strikes up a friendship with Emma in Wanganui. She went to Wellington Teachers College and he went to Christchurch so they parted ways. Romance resumed 12 years later when they both settled back in the Wanganui area. Married a year later. Both got a job in Blenheim at different schools. Shifted to Taikorea school. School damaged during the Wahine storm (10th April 1968) and a new one was built. Became principal at Opiki school. Obtained a Commonwealth exchange scholarship and went to Birmingham for a year. After return to New Zealand Emma taught junior classes at Hokowhitu school and Billie was deputy principal at Awapuni school. Relates experiences at a school camp at Brown House, in Kahuterawa Valley.
Published: 14/11/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 07-11-2023 - Episode 286 - Billie Chote QSM Part 1 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: 7/11/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 31-10-2023 - Episode 285 - Brian Bates Part 2 of 2( 0:27:57)       
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Brian Bates Part 2 of 2. Flew to New Zealand, 1963. First few days in NZ. Sent to PN, first impressions. Settling in, basketball and surfing. Married, transferred to Wellington. Managing Boots in Dunedin, then in PN. Senior management position in Wellington for 2 years. Regulated, so Boots couldn’t expand. Bought pharmacy business in PN. Changes in medications. Falling number of pharmacies in central PN. Set up pharmacy in Cook St, there until retired. The future for pharmacies – more healthcare services from pharmacists. Mother travelling from UK, Brian travelling to UK. Advantages of PN.
Published: 31/10/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 24-10-2023 - Episode 284 - Brian Bates Part 1 of 2( 0:26:23)       
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Brian Bates Part 1 of 2. Career as a pharmacist. In Dagenham until 26 (1962). Young child in WWII. Memories of the blitz, DC3s towing gliders, Morrison shelter, Anderson shelter, V1s, V2s, rationing. Post-war - the Marshall Plan, Cold War, first banana. The 11+ exam. Grammar School. 6th Form specialization, choice of pharmacy apprenticeship with Boots Chemist. Qualifying in Sunderland. Working in SE England. Posted to New Zealand at 25. Pharmacy work in 1960s, making up medicines and ointments. Famous people from Dagenham.
Published: 24/10/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 17-10-2023 - Episode 283 - Owen Rogers( 0:27:2)       
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Owen Rogers. Always lived in Palmerston North. Started school about 1950. Catholic school. Playing behind the YMCA in Grey Street. Family bought State house in Ascott St. Building standards then and now. Heating homes. Marist Brothers school. Single sex schools, little mixing with girls. Learning ballroom dancing. Rock and roll. Few dancing opportunities now, but RSA 20 years ago. Newbury Hall dances. School bands. Jazz. Most school friends left Palmerston North. Childhood meals, growing own vegetables, homemade marmalade. Asian restaurants coming to PN.
Published: 17/10/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 10-10-2023 - Episode 282 - Mike Lawrence, Part 3 of 3( 0:28:29)       
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Mike Lawrence, Part 3 of 3. Early days of personal computers. IBM PCs, dot matrix printers. Learning programming with punch cards, no graphics. Working for Advantage Computers. NZ Disabilities Resource Centre. NZ Fire Service VHF radio servicing. Househusband in late 1990s. Remarried. In Seniornet for 25 years now. Seniornet peaked at 600 members. Since declined and activities have changed. Voice recognition. Computer/phone familiarity. Decline of the voluntary sector. Few people to take a lead. Women in Seniornet. Digital legacy.
Published: 10/10/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 03-10-2023 - Episode 281 - Mike Lawrence, Part 2 of 3( 0:27:57)       
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Mike Lawrence, Part 2 of 3. Radio advertising, recording on vinyl. Cartridges and cassettes. Working in Taumarunui (mini-stations). AM and FM stations. Outside broadcasts. Transistors, technical staff redundant. Integrated circuits. Automation using videorecorders. Back into broadcasting after retirement, community radio. Current broadcasting software. Broadcasting over the internet. Moving on to computers.
Published: 3/10/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 26-09-2023 - Episode 280 - Mike Lawrence, Part 1 of 3( 0:29:9)       
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Mike Lawrence, Part 1 of 3. Early interest in radio (about 1950), especially the technical side. Crystal sets, then battery operated valve radios. Career options, chose radio broadcasting. To Wellington as a technical trainee when left school. Short wave radio. With 2ZB in Wellington for 6 months. Limited international communication about 1960. Radio hams. Several years training, receiving news from the BBC and other overseas radio, then passing on to Broadcasting House. First person in New Zealand to hear of President Kennedy’s assassination. Limited radio news service in 1960s, relying on newspapers as a source. To Palmerston North in 1974. Private radio stations some years later. Radio Hauraki. Radio in Palmerston North from about late 1920s. Types of programme.
Published: 26/09/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
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.