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Manawatu Conversations

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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.
Manawatu Conversations 31-05-2022 - Episode 211 - Ivan Allott Pt 1 of 3( 0:28:21)       
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Ivan Allott Pt 1 of 3 - Ivan growing up in Woodville, 1940s. Cold, draughty house, gas cooking, wash house. Father manpowered during the war. Returned servicemen welcomed back. Recollections of the WWII as young child. Town and Salvation Army bands combined in the war. Parents worked in the Salvation Army, similar to being a minister, but also social work (issues balancing the two). Going to picnics on the back of a truck. Parents growing vegetables, school children’s growing competitions.
Published: 31/05/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 24-05-2022 - Episode 210 - John Ross Part 2 of 2( 0:27:50)       
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John Ross Part 2 of 2. Work on local writers. Elizabeth Smither. NZ writers as a group, the local scene. Alison’s view on NZ writers and of Britain. John’s view of hit time in England. Wind turbines and pine trees. John has a more favourable view of NZ. John and acting. Palmerston North feeling like Wellington earlier. NZ students and Shakespeare. Approaches to Shakespeare. Value of live theatre. NZ audiences. A Yorkshire play – Yorkshire humour. Specific characteristics of NZ writing?
Published: 24/05/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 17-05-2022 - Episode 209 - John Ross Part 1 of 2( 0:28:8)       
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John Ross Part 1 of 2. NZ Society of Authors, NZ Poetry Society, local Writers Hub. Local writers. NZ Chisholms, a code breaker in WWII. Uncle a pilot in WWII. Father had rugby injury, served in NZ. Family life in the war. Mother had degree in history. Grandmother was a pharmacist. Depression years. Father smoking. Impressions of the war. Tramping in the Tararuas.
Published: 17/05/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 10-05-2022 - Episode 208 - Discussion: ANZAC Day 2022 and Covid( 0:27:47)       
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Discussion: ANZAC Day 2022 and Covid. 2020 standing at our gates. Jack Register playing The Last Post. Significance for children in the past. Gallipoli. Technology and images from Ukraine. Attitudes to war. Women in war. John Ward’s radio station. New NZ history syllabus and Maori history in earlier curriculum. Logistics and support in war. Flu pandemic after WWI. Conflict in Ukraine.
Published: 10/05/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 03-05-2022 - Episode 207 - Bob Stewart, Part 4 of 4( 0:28:19)       
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Bob Stewart, Part 4 of 4. Experiencing US and Canada after time at Christ’s College, Christchurch. Approaches to education, incentives, penalties, influence of parents. Changes since then. Dealing with failure. More optimistic can-do attitude in the US. Co-educational schooling. Education for adolescents. Returned to NZ when aged nearly 50. “Retired”, and elected on to city council. Fitzherbert Avenue trees and 4-laning. Journal, Social Behaviour and Personality. Reviewing and editing.
Published: 3/05/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 26-04-2022 - Episode 206 - Bob Stewart, Part 3 of 4( 0:26:14)       
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Bob Stewart, Part 3 of 4. Time in Fiji, the Rabuka coup. Student behaviour to soldiers. International Year of Peace. Rotary’s role in UN and UNESCO. Joining the Rotary Club of Suva East, supporting an Indian orphanage there. Bob’s higher roles in Rotary. Rotary Peace Forum, Polio Plus. Rotary Club of Terrace End: Polio Plus dinners; collecting spectacles for the Pacific Islands.
Published: 26/04/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 19-04-2022 - Episode 205 - Bob Stewart, Part 2 of 4( 0:26:23)       
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Bob Stewart, Part 2 of 4. Why Bob moved about before settling here. Training for psychology. Job at Massey University in 1967, authoritarian culture. Getting into property. Boarding school experience, continuing aversion to sport (still while nearly 83). Perspective on role of teachers (motivating). Stopping breathing as stress relief. Impact of father’s death. Step-father was quite different. Relationship with step-brother.
Published: 19/04/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 12-04-2022 - Episode 204 - Bob Stewart, Part 1 of 4( 0:26:59)       
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Bob Stewart, Part 1 of 4. Early childhood, in Wellington until 12, then Manawatu, boarding school then AFS. To Victoria University studying psychology. To Mid-West and then Harvard, followed by a lectureship in Ottawa. Lecturing and PhD at Massey, then to Ontario, followed by Fiji and the University of the South Pacific. Book, Pacific Profiles. Became Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Rambuka’s coup. After 12 years, came to Palmerston North. Wanted to retire as nearly 50. Became a city councillor.
Published: 12/04/2022 3:00:00 p.m.