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Manawatu Conversations-21-01-2020 - Episode 92( 0:28:12)       
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Pam Hansen 2 of 2
Published: 1/21/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-14-01-2020 - Episode 91( 0:28:33)       
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Pam Hansen, Part 1 of 2: Came to Palmerston North in 1960. Dentist husband, Mike. Grew up in Wellington, University, then trained as a teacher. In Waiouru before bought dental practice in Palmerston North. Lived in Albert Street. To London for 2 years in 1965. No car when first married. Dentists had to buy own tools. Helped for husband to be army dentist at first. Mike joined Terrace End Rotary Club in 1960. Social life. Exercise, cooked breakfasts.
Published: 1/14/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-07-01-2020 - Episode 90( 0:34:0)       
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Barbara Kingi, Part 4 of 4. Teaching in Pahiatua, teaching seniors. Helen Loveridge, 3 sons, paraplegic after car accident, in hospital for 13 years. Teachers’ Institute, women did not attend (1950s). Noisy car (pebbles in hubcaps). Divorce not allowed, but came through later. Teacher grading. Senior mistress at Takaro School. Reading training. Working with men. Adopted a boy. Became principal, made teaching her career. Why she loved teaching. What makes a good teacher?
Published: 1/7/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-31-12-2019 - Episode 89( 0:30:10)       
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Barbara Kingi, Part 3 of 4. Sole teacher at Rewa School. End of the war. American troops. Christchurch Teachers College, 1946, many returned servicemen there. Maori returned servicemen not treated the same by the government as others. Teaching at Hokowhitu School, time in hospital with suspected polio. Then Aokautere School (2 teachers). First marriage not a success. Teaching in Marton, then worked in a store, until marriage ended. Then teaching in Pahiatua.
Published: 12/31/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-24-12-2019 - Episode 88( 0:31:20)       
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Barbara Kingi, Part 2 of 4. Childhood, moving near Pahiatua, smaller homestead. Then on to sheep farm. WWII, family activities on the farm, schooling. Jack Salt and other teachers led her into teaching. Exams for public service employment when 15. Sir John Hutton. Sister a good pianist, sent to England to study during the war. Brothers in the armed forces. Donald Campbell (of speed records) connection. Teaching at Rewa with no training. Sister playing for dances at Air Force base.
Published: 12/24/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-17-12-2019 - Episode 87( 0:31:13)       
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Barbara Kingi, Part 1 of 4. Born on a sheep station in Tokomaru Bay, 1927. Small school on the station. Slate pencils. Musical father, ballroom in the house. Maori mother, European father. Exciting activities as a family. Mother’s family stories. Mother accepted into husband’s family. Whanganui Maori pronunciation guttural. Concerts for the Maori Batallion. Uncle raised family of 9 on 20 acres. An aunt had 17 children. Family moved to Gisborne. Whanganui River very busy in mid-1900s. Moved to new station by covered wagon. Book, Barb’s Memoir, in Coach House Museum.
Published: 12/17/2019 2:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-10-12-2019 - Episode 86( 0:31:10)       
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Colin Trotter, Brian Hunter and the Coach House Museum 3 of 3. Coach House Museum broadening its scope, included Vintage Machinery Club. Legal set-up requirements. Brian took over from Colin in 2005. Finding alternative premises. Offered large building in South Street. Incorporated archives also and opened May 2012. Importance of local skill base. Museum open every day. Formal functions at the museum as fund raiser. Also theatrette. Incorporating Maori perspective and more on role of women. Early European settlement in the area.
Published: 12/10/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-03-12-2019 - Episode 85( 0:33:5)       
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Colin Trotter and the Coach House Museum 2 of 3. Wagon treks for publicity, 1997-2004, up to 3 weeks, off-road. Working with horses, “pecking order”. Steep roads and no brakes. Maurice Watt wrote a book in the treks. Coach House Museum opened February 2002 in Bowen Street. Schools visiting. Need for new premises as collection grew, including farm machinery and genealogy club.
Published: 12/3/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-26-11-2019 - Episode 84( 0:31:8)       
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Colin Trotter and the Coach House Museum 1 of 3. Decision to set up the Coach House Museum. Based on Three Lakes, Wisconsin after teacher exchange in 1992. Comparison of the two places. Learning music and the Feilding Brass Band. Teenage drinking. Historic Society, 1994, Settlers Day 1995 (annually for 12 years). Horse drawn carriages (accumulated from 1964). Finding premises. Fund raising. Setting up (took several years). School involvement.
Published: 11/26/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-19-11-2019 - Episode 83( 0:31:57)       
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Brian Hunter, 3 of 3. Shepherding. Hill country, mustering. Monthly stock counts of cattle. Married and moved to the flat country as a shepherd. More opportunities on good country than in the hills. Awarded Paul Harris Fellow, Manawatu District Community Honours Award, and Rotary Centennial Award for Outstanding Community Service. Land Settlement Scheme. Tomorrow’s Schools. DCM, “Don’t come Monday”. Establishment and growth of the Coach House Museum in Feilding, now about 140 volunteers.
Published: 11/19/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-12-11-2019 - Episode 82( 0:31:7)       
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Brian Hunter, 2 of 3. Moving into a state house. Father getting rehabilitation of wounded soldiers, then office work. Brian and brother getting odd jobs while at school (9 years old). Changed from Lytton Street School to Manchester Street School. Feilding Ag.. 4th form, working on school farm. After school, father said get a trade before going farming. Apprenticed for fitting and turning (and machining and welding). Journeyman. “Foreigners” – jobs for others. Farming work once qualified. Work culture during apprenticeship – pranks, etc.. Health and safety. Dairy factory work with his journeyman.
Published: 11/12/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-05-11-2019 - Episode 81( 0:32:55)       
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Brian Hunter, 1 of 3. Born 1940, father away during the war. Early years in Rewa. Father severely wounded in Italy. Father’s war diary, parcels from home. Treatment after wounded, eventual return to New Zealand. Mothers’ ancestors German, coming to NZ in 1843, Nelson area. Education Board land. Father’s side Scottish, coal miners, came 1926. Father working on farms, but other work after the war due to wounds and losing a leg. 1948 moved to state house in Feilding.
Published: 11/5/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-29-10-2019 - Episode 80( 0:34:7)       
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John Ward. Part 2 of 2. Setting up John’s radio station. Permission to broadcast. 440 disk CD player. U3A music and video groups. Comedy, railways groups. Working on sound effects for theatre back in 1949. Recording of live shows for schools, the Operatic Society. Developments in classical music. Music from Eastern Europe After fall of Berlin Wall. Poor quality through the internet. Surround sound recording of a topdressing plane, cat and children’s reaction, 1978ish. Microphone setup for this. Early experience of stereo sound.
Published: 10/29/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-22-10-2019 - Episode 79( 0:29:7)       
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John Ward. John’s radio station. Large collection of music. Getting set up, 1998, and broadcast continuously since then. Early experience of recorded music (1940s). Funded by returning bottles. 78s, 45s, LPs at 33 RPM. CDs. Vinyl compared to 78s. Scratching rerecords. Valves versus transistors for music quality. Surround sound. Range of music in the collection. Nature of early recordings. Stereo. Poor quality of cassette recordings. 37 versions of Eroica.
Published: 10/22/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-15-10-2019 - Episode 78( 0:28:48)       
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Kathy Buurman. Born in Foxton, on dairy farm, 1950s, 212 cows. Transformed from gorse and lupin. Aorangi Marae, Feilding. Maori roots. Holidays with grandparents. Mother worked in administration at Massey University. Mother looked fair, but understood Maori. Mixed community at school, generally seen as the norm. Enjoyed school, more to play than to work. One teacher was very strict. Maori children picked out. School for her children was different – more choices, punishment different. Social events for the whole family. Musical family. Effects of mother working in 1950s. Working on the farm, ploughing at 11 or 12. Father injured in a car accident, never returned to the farm.
Published: 10/15/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-08-10-2019 - Episode 77( 0:29:31)       
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Keith Clark, Part 4. Work as advisor to country schools. Travelling round, also meeting parents. Grouping schools for teacher workshops, field days. New Maths, Social Studies. Practical workshops at Teachers College. School advisors. Job at Teachers College. Practical experience for trainee teachers. Exchange time in Australia. Sea Camps in Australia, Country camp in NZ. Teaching NZ history.
Published: 10/8/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-01-10-2019 - Episode 76( 0:25:19)       
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Keith Clark, Part 3. Teaching experience. Bulls, then to a sole charge school. 22 children, 20 coming on horseback. Monthly school trip to Taumarunui. Injured kiwi at the school. Using the new rifle range. Future wife, Leslie - travelling to meet at weekends. Job at West End School, getting married, 1952. Leslie able to teach after marriage. West End mainly men teachers. Motorbike.
Published: 10/1/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-24-09-2019 - Episode 75( 0:31:13)       
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Keith Clark, Part 2 of 2. Serious illness, just survived. Recovery. Teaching, sole charge school, 9 children. Social life. Teachers’ College. Back into sport. Learning to swim. Returned soldiers training as teachers. Meeting his wife. Teaching respected then, strong discipline. Greymouth. Moved to Bulls, then Kaitieke. Travelling to meet future at weekends.
Published: 9/24/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-17-09-2019 - Episode 74( 0:30:6)       
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Keith Clark, Part 1 of 2. Born Nelson 1928, early pioneer family. Tricycle to shop for sweets, whitebaiting. Spearing flounder. First day at school. Aratika dairy factory. 2 mile walk to school, 50% Maori. Dances. Hop picking. Dairy factory maintenance. Moved ahead in school, with older children. Caught in storm. Athletics, sport. Cadets. Work/school mix. Sharing community. 1945, Canterbury University at 16. Trek with race horses in the bush, yellow jaundice.
Published: 9/17/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-10-09-2019 - Episode 73( 0:31:39)       
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Chris Morton. Early life. Airforce cadetship. 1year initial training at Woodburn. Further year at Wigram, then permanent appointment to Ohakea as instrument fitter. Time serving in UK.
Published: 9/10/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-03-09-2019 - Episode 72( 0:28:58)       
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Derm Buchanan - Part 4 of 4. Clinical pastoral education, focus on the “human story” and feelings. Current social issues, family, work, policies affecting families. Declining community activity. Church communities. Churches’ participation in politics. Activity on return from US. Hospital chaplain funding. Need for specialist training.
Published: 9/3/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-27-08-2019 - Episode 71( 0:29:0)       
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Derm Buchanan - Part 3 of 4. Moved into the ordained ministry about 1970. Chose to become a hospital chaplain. Clinical pastoral education (CPE) training. Also did supervisory training, so spent 3 years in the US (South Carolina). Interaction with medical profession. Types of cases. Some religions giving feelings of guilt and the health effects. Beneficial effects.
Published: 8/27/2019 6:24:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-20-08-2019 - Episode 70( 0:25:49)       
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Derm Buchanan - Part 2 of 2 - Post-war shortages. Oil exploration near Feilding. After school, working for wool company, wool scouring. Went to Bradford. Airedale Combing Company, 5 canteens by social class. Displaced persons (refugees) arriving in Britain. New job sorting wool. Story of a sorter’s war service, D-Day and liberation of Belsen.
Published: 8/20/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-13-08-2019 - Episode 69( 0:29:44)       
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Derm Buchanan - Part 1 of 2 - Grew up in Feilding. Impact of WWII. Rode a horse to school. The Boarding at Wellington College, many rules about behaviour. The cane. Big attendance at reunions. Teachers’ nicknames. Swaggers. Rationing, but farmers could grow things. Trips to Feilding. ANZAC Day. Fear of invasion. American servicemen; one with malaria; different approach to discipline. Few trips to Palmerston North. Parents wanted him to get a trade, went into wool at 14 or 15.
Published: 8/13/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-06-08-2019 - Episode 68( 0:20:14)       
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Kevin Burrows and Rod Watt - Part 2 of 2 - School in the 1950s. The cane and notches in belts. Pranks they would do: making bombs, smells from wattle seeds, rubber band guns. Making skeletons in science. Control-line aircraft at PNBHS. Slingshots, fire alarms on lampposts, triggered the alarm in a stone fight. Rod came from Scotland aged 7, impressions of New Zealand, types of fruit not available in Scotland.
Published: 8/6/2019 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-30-07-2019 - Episode 67( 0:30:8)       
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Kevin Burrows and Rod Watt, Part 1 of 2. Time at school together from 1948. Polio epidemic. Discipline, mischief. Palmerston North Technical College. Burning the teacher’s cane. PN Boys High, including use of the cane. Nicknames, good teachers. Trick with onions. Army training at school. School band.
Published: 7/30/2019 1:15:00 PM

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