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Manawatu Conversations-23-02-2021 - Episode 148( 0:26:7)       
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Joe Sing Part 2 of 5. Asked if can take photos, got a job as a photographer, apprenticed at 50c an hour, working with people so learned a lot. Set up own business. Criteria for hiring. Arranged marriage, compared to school dance culture. Influence of mothers then, matriarchs. Accepting changes. Cultural differences, local Chinese more traditional than recent immigrants. Son a dentist, daughter a barrister.
Published: 2/23/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-16-02-2021 - Episode 147( 0:32:30)       
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Joe Sing, Part 1 of 5. Came to Palmerston North when about 5 years old, just after WWII. Born in Shanghai. 3rd generation (grandfather could not bring family because Chinese). Why Chinese looked young for their age. Chinese names. First time eating bread and jam. Living in a coal shed. Holiday. Moved into a laundry and opened a fruit shop. Other shops around. Fiesta coffee bar. Mother knew little English. Just missed the poll tax. Sent to convent school, then Marist Brothers. Knew little English. Friends. Why flyers use “Roger”. Father had stroke, take over the fruit shop? Buying vegetables at auction. Supermarket opened nearby.
Published: 2/16/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-09-02-2021 - Episode 146( 0:30:54)       
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Alan Cull Part 2 of 2. With K-force in Korea, coping with the extreme cold. No electricity for lighting. Dental procedures. Treating a Korean. The RSA. Reaction to returned servicemen. Volunteered for the adventure, little thought of politics or the enemy. Saw little sign of the airforce. Support services in the artillery unit. Army Service Corps. Americans had bigger artillery than their 25 pounders. Depth of defences. Reaction to Chinese breakthrough, Battle of Kapyong. Return to South Korea in 1997. How viewed in NZ as Korean veteran. Any advice for young people about war service? Casualties.
Published: 2/9/2021 3:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-02-02-2021 - Episode 145( 0:31:37)       
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Alan Cull, Part 1 of 2. Part 1. Volunteered to be in the dental unit for K-force to Korea in 1950. 1 dentist for 1000 troops. With the artillery, moving up north to Imjin River. Very cold in winter, poorly equipped first winter. Other nationalities there. Field artillery far forward, sometimes had to move at 20 minutes notice (“mobile dental section”). Many refugees, few stayed put. Ages of serving troops. 4 months training in Waiouru before leaving. In Korea over 2 years. Most casualties among the infantry. Leave in Japan after 8-9 months. In tents at -40 degrees Centigrade, poorly equipped for the first winter. Food.
Published: 2/2/2021 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-26-01-2021 - Episode 144( 0:35:37)       
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Margaret Taylor - Part 4
Published: 1/26/2021 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-19-01-2021 - Episode 143( 0:35:59)       
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Margaret Taylor, Part 3 of 4. Organising an art exhibition for Gough Whitlam and setting up the Australian National Gallery (opened 1982). Relations with state galleries. Focus on technique. New approaches to art. Different light and colours in NZ. Perhaps first female gallery director in Australia, relations with male equivalents. Art in galleries or the community? Work as curator in Ballarat, community links. A political message in art? Colin McCahon. Teaching art. Change in approach after WWII. Travelling exhibitions.
Published: 1/19/2021 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-12-01-2021 - Episode 142( 0:29:53)       
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Margaret Taylor - Part 2
Published: 1/12/2021 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-05-01-2021 - Episode 141( 0:29:22)       
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Margaret Taylor Pt 1
Published: 1/5/2021 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-29-12-2020 - Episode 140( 0:30:59)       
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Hilary Laracy Pt 2
Published: 12/29/2020 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-22-12-2020 - Episode 139( 0:29:11)       
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Hilary Laracy Pt 1
Published: 12/22/2020 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-15-12-2020 - Episode 138( 0:31:51)       
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Jenny and Neil Monro, Part 4 of 4. Trip to London to form World Association of Flower Arrangers. Night train to Scotland. Conference in Australia. Books on floral art. Origins of floral art. Fundraising diaries. Plant varieties in NZ. Night school and start of the local club. Training to teach floral art. Design principles. Growing suitable plant material. Flower arranging as an art form. Durability. Online demonstrations by Francine Thomas through the Covid-19 pandemic. Grandmother’s artwork.
Published: 12/15/2020 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-08-12-2020 - Episode 137( 0:25:25)       
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Jenny and Neil Monro, Part 3 of 4. Overseas experience with floral arts, president of the NZ Floral Art Society in 1981, to London setting up world association. International gatherings every 3 years. Taking plants overseas. Gender mix in floral art. Changing nature of floral art. Description of recent winning design. Teaching floral art. Exhibit durability. Preparation for competition. Home-grown vs bought plant material.
Published: 12/8/2020 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-01-12-2020 - Episode 136( 0:29:31)       
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Jenny and Neil Monro, Part 2 of 4. Ballroom dancing – learn at school in 1940s, dances in the 1950s. Debutants. Formal dress. Athletics. Milk bars. Drinking age, pubs. Smoking. Neil getting a pipe. Young people have more opportunities now. Perception of 60s music. Entertaining, arrangements with children. Travel to Nelson for Xmas pre-WWII. Christmas meals
Published: 12/1/2020 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-24-11-2020 - Episode 135( 0:31:26)       
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Jenny and Neil Monro, Part 1 of 4. Came to Palmerston North in 1957 after marriage and a year in Dannevirke. Compared to Wellington. Neil’s education, Huntley and Collegiate. Golf, squash, local club activity. How squash has changed. Jenny’s floral art, changing styles. Mothers not working. Activities in the home, compared to today.
Published: 11/24/2020 10:27:28 AM
Manawatu Conversations-17-11-2020 - Episode 134( 0:32:49)       
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Jim Oliver and David Marshall, Part 4. Drinking culture. Driver’s last trip to Hawkes Bay. HB line nicknamed “Disneyland”, union activity. Scheduling. Inspectors. The guard in charge of the train. Drink driving, enforcement. Last train out of the old yards, car accident. New yards at Milson. Long trains now, weight of loaded wagons. Milk trains. The future of rail. Railway gauges. Best aspect of being a driver.
Published: 11/17/2020 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-10-11-2020 - Episode 133( 0:31:47)       
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Jim Oliver and David Marshall, Part 3. Railway drivers on accidents and incidents in 1950s and 60s. Cyclist on the cow catcher. School children playing chicken. Sheep in a tunnel. A bull. Mother and children. Man and dog. Bus driver. No counselling for drivers. Other incidents. Fog. Ahead of schedule. Rail lengths.
Published: 11/10/2020 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-03-11-2020 - Episode 132( 0:32:46)       
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Jim Oliver and David Marshall, Part 2. Working in the Palmerston North railway yards, 1950s and 60s. Railway through the Square. Safety and speeds. Shunting. Wagon of post holes. Size of PN depot. “Light up” shift, smoke. Cow catchers. Fines for accidents. Pay rates. Move of the yard to Milson. Accident with a cattle wagon about 1962. Cleaning boilers. Anecdotes. Transition to electric, falling asleep in the cab (tablets). Larger trains. Fatal train accident. Near miss.
Published: 11/3/2020 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-27-10-2020 - Episode 131( 0:32:1)       
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Jim Oliver and David Marshall - pt 1 of 4
Published: 10/27/2020 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-20-10-2020 - Episode 130( 0:35:40)       
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Keith Clark, Part 5. Banding birds for the Dominion Museum. Tuatara for Canadian museums. Country school trip to Christchurch. School reunion, achievements of past pupils. Maori pupils. Trip to England, 6 weeks by ship. Teaching in England, difficult pupils. English tramping. New maths. Curriculum vs textbooks. Social differences.
Published: 10/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-12-10-2020 - Episode 129( 0:31:53)       
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Keith Clark, Part 4. Principal of school in Blenheim. Pupils’ backgrounds and later lives. Teaching style and activities. School swimming pool. Buying a house. Search and rescue (1960s). Skiing (early days), hut building. Exchange to Victoria (Australia) for a year. Different approach there, available resources, innovations, leisure activities (catching rabbits and snakes), camps for children. School near Featherston, extra activities, gymnastics.
Published: 10/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-06-10-2020 - Episode 127( 0:30:37)       
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Keith Clark, Part 3. Marriage, parents approval, wedding and reception. Moving to Palmerston North, teaching at West End School for 3 years, 1950s. Wife working, then family. Travel to work. Description of pupils, teachers. Discipline. Class size (47). Making teaching resources. Moved to Blenheim. Became principal of school. Extra weekend and evening work. School fundraising.
Published: 10/6/2020 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-29-09-2020 - Episode 126( 0:28:7)       
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Keith Clark, part 2. Wartime, Kokatahi Band dances. Getting home late at night. To Christchurch Teachers College. Sport, athletics, bowling to Murray Chapple. Teaching, getting a strap for discipline. Bonding system. To Bulls as a reliever, then sole charge at Kaitieke, near Raurimu. Pupils going to school by horse. An injured kiwi. Meeting up with future wife. To West End School, Palmerston North and marriage (on 5th January 1952). Lesley teaching in a school at Ohakea. An Austin 7 car. Found a flat in Longburn. Lesley taught for 27 years in total.
Published: 9/29/2020 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-22-09-2020 - Episode 125( 0:32:29)       
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Keith Clark, part 1. Born in Richmond, Nelson. Great-great-grandparents arrived there in 1842. Moved to Karamea, whitebait, eeling, 1930s. Hokitika and West Coast. Independent childhood, hunting, sharing community, no power. Father was dairy factory manager, prize butter maker. Lots of chores. Wartime, few young men, so shooting rabbits, etc. for farmers. School 50% Maori. Learned Maori techniques, eeling, etc.. Skipped levels at school so in high school at 12. Biked 6 miles to school. Cadet unit, marksman, testing rifles for home guard. Bren gun squad at 15. Joined the home guard. Off school to work mornings in the dairy factory. To Canterbury University at 16. Went hunting, bad weather, seriously ill. To Auckland to recuperate then back to factory. Started teaching. Given sole charge 9 pupil school position at 17 to see if fit enough.
Published: 9/22/2020 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-15-09-2020 - Episode 124( 0:31:31)       
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John Ward on his radio station and QSM. Awarded QSM in 2005, linked to broadcasting own classical music radio station since 1998. Covers Palmerston North and Feilding. Mentioned in North and South article in 1999. Setting up the station, system, regulations, aerials, reception. Building own equipment. Classical music styles/interpretations. Music interest since childhood, now mid-80s. 30 variations on the Eroica symphony. University of the Third Age (U3A) groups. Station played in the Square (classical music to deter young people). Getting a civic award, 2004, then the QSM.
Published: 9/15/2020 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-08-09-2020 - Episode 123( 0:29:59)       
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Patricia Keiller on the Caccia-Birch family. The Birch brothers coming to NZ, 1860s, leasing land in upper Rangitikei. First European settlers in the area. Merino farming, cob house, gorse hedge. Marriages, wife from Yorkshire, expanding the house. Only cob house remaining in the North Island. Link to Caccia family, an Italian Count. Erehwon. Caccia-Birch name. Keiller connection. Freehold purchase finalized in 1905. Family disputes and rifts. Nga Tawa school. Purchase of Woodhay (Caccia Birch House), later gifted to the nation. Maintenance and future use of the house. Later family movements. Hair ball from a cow’s stomach.
Published: 9/8/2020 1:00:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-01-09-2020 - Episode 122( 0:36:30)       
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Stu Schwartz, Part 4 of 4. Jewish background growing up in New Jersey. Bar mitzvah. Customs around death. Jewish food. Youth organisations, B’nai B’rith. Jewish community in New Zealand. Kosher food sources. Son is an Orthodox Jew. The role of Cohens. Female rabbis. Visiting Israelis. Intermarriage, conversion.
Published: 9/1/2020 1:00:00 PM

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