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Manawatu Conversations

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Manawatu Conversations 24-01-2023 - Episode 245 - Diana Steffert, Part 1 of 2( 0:28:9)       
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To Palmerston North in 1965, husband at Vet School. Built a house in new housing area and still there. Rural area. Riverdale School opened previous year. Slacks Road seen as far out of town. Grew up in Park Road. 2 car family in 1966, Heralds popular among vets. Family involvement in vet work. School as a centre for the area. School pool. Sailing at Foxton Beach. Holidays at the beach. 2 sons back here, one in US. 60th wedding anniversary.
Published: 24/01/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 17-01-2023 - Episode 244 - Margie Dennis - Part 4 of 4( 0:27:25)       
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: 17/01/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 10-01-2023 - Episode 243 - Margie Dennis, Part 3 of 4( 0:27:28)       
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Margie Dennis, Part 3 of 4. Engagement and subsequent events. Marriage and widowed, living in Glenfield, working with immigrants. To Afghanistan in pastoral care for staff of an agency for visually impaired. Poverty and danger. Interaction with the Taliban.
Published: 10/01/2023 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 03-01-2023 - Episode 242 - Margie Dennis, Part 2 of 4( 0:27:45)       
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. Working in Pakistan, 1969-. Why not married until much later. Secretary to the Principal of Kinnaird College in the University of the Punjab. Adjusting to the environment. Evacuated due to Bangladesh Liberation War (1971). Returned for 4 more years. “Missionary zeal”. Religion. Poverty, comparison with New Zealand. Mother bought her an expensive outfit.
Published: 3/01/2023 5:44:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 27-12-2022 - Episode 241 - Margie Dennis, Part 1 of 4( 0:27:45)       
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Margie Dennis, Part 1 of 4. Came to PN from Afghanistan 16 years ago to support her family. Earliest memories. Travelling alone at 4 years old. Children more independent then. Public transport in 1940s and 50s. Auckland in the 1950s. Mt Roskill High School, significant male teachers. Work as a magistrates’ court clerk for 11 years. Too young for teachers’ college. The Children’s Court and Family Court. Alien registration. Drugs and alcohol.
Published: 27/12/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 20-12-2022 - Episode 240 - Milton Wheeler, Part 2 of 2( 0:23:31)       
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Milton Wheeler, Part 2 of 2. Studying welding. Father set up a welding business in Rongotea. Cattle stops from railway tracks. Eventful trips to Wellington. Welding jobs. Wheeler Engineering. Moved into town working for Wrightson Grain. A wire less radio. Interest in tractors. David Browns. Haymaking business.
Published: 20/12/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 13-12-2022 - Episode 239 - Milton Wheeler, Part 1 of 2( 0:24:44)       
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Milton Wheeler, Part 1 of 2. Born in Palmerston North. Family farmed in Glen Oroua. Walked to school, 1945, no shoes. Conflict with lady teachers. The strap. Desks, inkwells. Biked to Rongotea School. Lunchbox caught in bike. Getting up to mischief. Lunch from the bakery. Rongotea in 1945. Occasional trips to town (PN). Bread and meal delivered. Chores. Several dairy factories. From horse and cart to truck. Drinking fresh milk. [Second audio file…] Cleaning drains. Radio in the evenings.
Published: 13/12/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 06-12-2022 - Episode 238 - John Hornblow part 2 of 2( 0:28:6)       
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All Saints Church after the fire. Earthquake strengthening issues. Considerations with the Square, alcohol ban, events. Wide streets and tree planting. Walking trails and wind farms around Palmerston North. Mountain biking tracks. Growth of PN. The Esplanade railway. Wildbase. Cherry blossoms in the Esplanade. Lack of bridges.
Published: 6/12/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 29-11-2022 - Episode 237 - John Hornblow part 1 of 2( 0:26:6)       
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John Hornblow, Part 1 of 2. First elected in 2001 after some previous attempts. Attitude towards the staff. Perspectives as deputy mayor. A big flood. Local Maori. City as a distribution hub and public sector activity in PN. Recognizing local war dead. Windfarms. Recycling. Events and festivals. Parks and Reserves. Sister City Missoula, Montana.
Published: 29/11/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 22-11-2022 - Episode 236 - Ross Cassells, part 3 of 3( 0:25:7)       
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Ross Cassells Part 3 of 3. Leaving DoC. To Massey University to do development studies. Different perspective in the social sciences. Fieldwork in the Solomon Islands. Living in a leaf house. Pidgin English. Experiencing the local culture and knowledge. Mosquitos. Masters Thesis comparing commercial and subsistence forestry. High subsistence value of forests. Use of funds from commercial forestry.
Published: 22/11/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 15-11-2022 - Episode 235 - Ross Cassells, part 2 of 3( 0:24:11)       
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Ross Cassells Part 2 of 3. Transition from NZ Forest Service to DoC. Setting up a DoC district office. Recreation facilities, tracks, huts. The Manawatu Gorge track. The Rangiwahia hut. Scenic reserves. Old man’s beard. Birds and predator control. Pros and cons of restructuring. Mishandling pine forests.
Published: 15/11/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 08-11-2022 - Episode 234 - Ross Cassells, part 1 of 3( 0:34:31)       
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To Palmerston North in 1985, a forester with NZ Forest Service. Description of training and type of work. Living in forestry huts. Erosion. Effects of deer and possums. Importance of undergrowth in indigenous forests. Management plans. Introduction of computers. 1985 restructuring, Ross moved to Department of Conservation. Resources forester. Sand dune forests. Riparian buffer zones. [Forest clearing, alternative approaches, machinery]
Published: 8/11/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 01-11-2022 - Episode 233 - Ivan and Muriel Allott, part 2 of 2( 0:27:56)       
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Ivan and Muriel Allott, part 2 of 2. Recollections of Compulsory Military Training. Badminton at Ohakea. Social activities. Barracks. Hearing a Wurlitzer organ in Auckland. Under 21, so no drinking (officially). Allowed home at weekends. Issue and care of uniforms, developing good habits. Social mixing. Military service for young people now? QEC’s service academy. Benefits of CMT. No assault courses. No non-military service options. Ivan’s pharmacy apprenticeship. How he chose pharmacy.
Published: 1/11/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 25-10-2022 - Episode 232 - Ivan and Muriel Allott, part 1 of 2( 0:27:57)       
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Ivan and Muriel Allott, part 1 of 2. Ivan’s Compulsory Military Training experience in 1957, final intake. 14 weeks in air force. Had been in Air Training Corps at PNBHS. Choice of a trade after initial square bashing. Great air force food. Chose medical trade option. Hobsonville for initial training, then Ohakea. Description of the barracks. Aircraft - Vampires and Devons. Testing for diabetes. Training disrupted by the 1957 flu epidemic, several cases at the air base. Treating people for flu.
Published: 25/10/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 18-10-2022 - Episode 231 - Peggy Pedersen( 0:31:57)       
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: 18/10/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Manawatu Conversations 11-10-2022 - Episode 230 - Ivan and Muriel Allott, David and Margaret Beere, David Bertram( 0:28:23)       
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Listening to the radio in the 1950s. Aunt Daisy, Children’s Hour, Lone Ranger. Reception problems. 2ZA locally, Garners and shopping reporters. Song requests, hit parades. In the Bag, Selwyn Toogood. Wedding announcements. Housewives listening to radio. Local participation. Crystal sets. Tangiwai disaster radio coverage. Crime serials in evenings, Randy Stone. Sport coverage. News bulletins. Valve radios. Listen with Mother. Reception issues. Teenagers and music. Overseas music.
Published: 11/10/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
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.

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