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Local people giving recollections of the past, sometimes opinions of the future. Hear about the lives of people in your local community, where they are from and what they have experienced. Discover how the area has changed over the years.

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Manawatu Conversations-17-09-2019 - Episode 74
Keith Clark - Part 1
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Manawatu Conversations-10-09-2019 - Episode 73
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.
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Manawatu Conversations-03-09-2019 - Episode 72
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.
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Manawatu Conversations-27-08-2019 - Episode 71
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.
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Manawatu Conversations-20-08-2019 - Episode 70
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.
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Manawatu Conversations-13-08-2019 - Episode 69
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.
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Manawatu Conversations-06-08-2019 - Episode 68
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.
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Manawatu Conversations-30-07-2019 - Episode 67
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.
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Manawatu Conversations-23-07-2019 - Episode 66
Jim Esson - Part 2 of 2 - Book on history of the Rotary Club of Terrace End, first 40 years. Catherine Hamlin World Understanding Award for the fistula hospital in Addis Ababa. Bringing buffaloes to New Zealand. Qualities for meat and milk, temperament, feed. Swamp buffalo and river buffalo. Valuable hides. Few buffalo in NZ. Potential value for NZ. Increased popularity of goat. Incident with buffalo bulls on a road. Ability to withstand floods.
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Manawatu Conversations-16-07-2019 - Episode 65
Jim Esson - Part 1 of 2 - Entomologist in DSIR, 1950s. Structure of DSIR, relationship with Massey Agricultural College. Nationality of staff. Selection of research topics. Cicadas. Change when restructured into Crown Research Institutes. Detail on cicadas. Move towards outside funding for research.
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Manawatu Conversations-09-07-2019 - Episode 64
Raylee Murphy - Part 2 of 2 - Overcame early effects of polio. Polio support group, on the board, learning about late effects of polio. Doctors now unaware of polio. The Duncan family polio rehabilitation hospital. Post-polio assistance needed. Supporting each other. Case of ongoing pain, although look fine. Mobility and accessibility issues. Impact of polio on families. Isolation, schools closed. Polio sufferer June Opie, book, Over My Dead Body. Iron lungs.
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Manawatu Conversations-02-07-2019 - Episode 63
Raylee Murphy - Part 1 of 2. Bank work from 15. Early effects of polio. Hospital experience. When in early 40s, took university papers. Married at 19, 3 children. Divorced about 40. Volunteer and then work at Victim Support, organizing jobs, etc.. Description of Victim Support. Interaction with police. Reduced mobility, need for a stroller.
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Manawatu Conversations-25-06-2019 - Episode 62
The Future Leaders Programme - Bre McQuade and Gayle Moana-Johnson. Structure of Future Leaders programme, objectives. Participants. How they operated. Monthly meetings. Catalysts and a coach. Umbrella organization called Inspiring Stories. Sponsors. “Try it out” expo. Continuity between yearly cycles. Festival for the Future. Participants’ future activities after the programme. Social conscience businesses, “Dignity”, “Eat my lunch”, “Yellow Bird”. Important issues. School strike for climate change.
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Manawatu Conversations-18-06-2019 - Episode 61
Gayle Moana-Johnson - Moved a bit when young, 10 schools. Remembers parents splitting when 4 years old. Effects of changing schools. Desire to finish school. Maori mother. Social background very mixed. Pregnant at 15, mother at 16, in a teen-parent unit. The child’s father. Financial and other support. Second child in 1917. Mixing with other mothers (age difference). Moved into own (rental) house at 17. Social pressures as young mother. Daughter thought of her as very old at 23. University after school. Finishing degree and working in mental health as social worker.
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Manawatu Conversations-11-06-2019 - Episode 60
Eddie Eggers. Working in the education psychology field 1974 to 2003. Scope of work in early years. Requests from schools for assessments of specific pupils and formulating strategies. Special classes and special schools. Blindness and deafness. Initially little assistance for pupils with special needs, no specific instruction for teachers, Teaching reading. Studying special education in Pennsylvania. Career path from education into psychology. Impact of Tomorrows’ Schools (1989). Ritalin used since 1970s. Behaviour problems. Discipline, abolition of corporal punishment, alternative strategies. Limited in-service training for teachers. Ritalin and parents. Single parent families.
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Manawatu Conversations-04-06-2019 - Episode 59
Rosaline Putu - Part 2 - Moved onto a farm when very young, stayed until turned 9. Early memories. Deaf brother and sister. Wartime, Home guard. Country school life. Pony to school. How the area has changed. Fancy dress balls. Freedom to roam. Kicked by a cow. Farming with horses. Liking pigs. Army engineers, bull paddock. Longdrop outside toilet. Adjusting to town life. Saving. Changing values. Few clothes, making clothes, smocking.
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Manawatu Conversations-28-05-2019 - Episode 58
Rosaline Putu - Scandinavian origins, born in Palmerston North 1938, married a Maori in 1960. How they met. Speaking English. Acceptance into the family. Speaking Maori, evolution of the language. Highbury Maori Club. Pakeha reactions. Anglican/Catholic. Separated, but kept Maori links. Differences, Maori and Pakeha. Multicultural environment.
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Manawatu Conversations-21-05-2019 - Episode 57
Rotary Club of Terrace End - Part 2 of 2 - Rotary Club of Terrace End Memorial Educational Trust. Mike Hansen taking a team to Namibia. International students. Manawatu Enterprises (Sheltered workshop). Fundraising, catering for events. Mini-bikes. Opening the bridge. Crunchie Bar Express. Top Schools.
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Manawatu Conversations-14-05-2019 - Episode 56
Rotary Club of Terrace End - Part 1 of 2 - Early membership of the Rotary Club of Terrace End, age, occupation, criteria. Formal meetings. Sergeant’s sessions. Family involvement. Women’s participation. Community service, establishing the Kidney Foundation. Wildbase, Milson Rotary Club. Broader Rotary structure, districts, international. Polio.
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Manawatu Conversations-07-05-2019 - Episode 55
Trish Keiller - Caccia Birch Trust Board member. House uses, history display. Original purchase and clearing of land, building house and occupants/owners. Polo grounds, rifle range. Governor General living there. House called Woodhey. Billiard room, tennis court, sentry boxes. Army use in WWII. Convalescent home, swimming pool. Then rest home, but fire risk. Victoria University use until about 1976. 1980s bought by city council. Subdivision, Ryder-Cheshire property, etc.. Awhina room.
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Manawatu Conversations-30-04-2019 - Episode 54
Tom Stoneley Part 2 of 2. Gwen left school in 1950. Office work. Tom had identical twin brother. Little social life. Worked long hours. Ewe fairs. Holding paddocks. Size of loads. Gwen’s work dress code. People building own machinery. Farming in 1950s, farm advisors. Community life. New home when married. Feilding Little Theatre. Churches. Schools, limited parent involvement. Ride to school, 6 on a horse. Giving teacher a hard time. Bad behaviour. Holidays. Gwen’s father died when she was 4. Later Gwen to boarding school, strong discipline. School milk. How young couples could buy a house in 1950s. Cost of petrol. Petrol stolen. Description of house in 1954.
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Manawatu Conversations-23-04-2019 - Episode 53
Tom Stoneley - Part 1 of 2 - Stoneley Brothers general carriers 1951-1961. Type of vehicles, roads. Hours worked. Items carried. Stock crates. Loading goods by hand. Customers, orders. Driving plus business management, long hours. Interaction with other drivers. Police. Income. Adopted sons – adoption process. Early life, how ended up as a carrier. Dodging school. Lytton Street School, the PN Tech. Getting carrier jobs.
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Manawatu Conversations-16-04-2019 - Episode 52
Cliff Simpson pt 3
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Manawatu Conversations-09-04-2019 - Episode 51
Cliff Simpson pt 2
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Manawatu Conversations-02-04-2019 - Episode 50
Cliff Simpson pt 1
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Manawatu Conversations-26-03-2019 - Episode 49
Lorraine Holtham pt 5
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Show host: MPR - Manawatu People's Radio Category: News, Issues and Current Affairs Language: English Website: Show's website Email: Email this show iTunesPodcasts on iTunes

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