Get to know Valerie Gwilliams

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Where were you born and where did you spend most of your childhood? I was born and brought up in Christchurch. I spent my childhood in St Albans and went to Elmwood School which in those days went to Form 2 as Heaton had just opened and was for boys only, and then on to … Read More

Get to know Dylan Parker

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Where were you born and where did you spend most of your childhood? I was born in Timaru and my family lived in Fairlie until I was 5, then we moved to the Marlborough Sounds where my parents worked at the Outward Bound School. After being in the Sounds for 8 years my family moved … Read More

Get to know Nancy Meherne

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Where were you born and where did you spend most of your childhood? I was born in Wellington in 1929.  At six months of age I moved to Ohakune beside Mt Ruapehu with my parents and two brothers.  These were the depression days.  We had a big vegetable garden and hens in one of Railway … Read More

Get to know Kowhai Thompson

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Where were you born and where did you spend most of your childhood? I was born in Christchurch and grew up in Sumner. Our house was on Clifton hill and backed onto Richmond Hill farm. My brother and I spent a lot of time building huts in the pine trees and catching tadpoles in the … Read More

Get to know Gail Scrivener

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Where were you born and where did you spend most of your childhood?
I was born, raised and educated in Christchurch. On leaving high school I entered the travel industry and was fortunate to guide for a variety of interest groups and travel extensively throughout the world. Later I had the privilege of being manger of PGG Travel, Focus Travel, AA Travel Hereford Street and eventually my own travel broking business.

Get to know Elizabeth Peacock

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Where were you born and where did you spend most of your childhood? I was born and raised in Christchurch with 2 brothers on a 1/4 acre in Riccarton and a bach my father built at Woodend Beach. My primary school days were spent at Rangi Ruru and my secondary years at Christchurch Girls High.  … Read More

Get to Know Daniela Bagozzi

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Where were you born and where did you spend most of your childhood? I was born in Brescia, Northern Italy, and grew up there.  From the age of about twenty I was studying part time, working and later travelling from Italy to England all the way to New Zealand. Where do you live now? I … Read More

Get to know Alan Jolliffe

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Where were you born and where did you spend most of your childhood? Born and raised in Christchurch we had a large garden in South Brighton and then again in Hawkesbury Avenue, St Albans ( now called Merivale) which backed onto a nursery which was owned by Case Jorna. At age 11 our family shifted … Read More

Get to know Allan Paterson

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Where were you born and where did you spend most of your childhood? I was born in Balclutha, South Otago. My parents had a sheep, beef and forestry property. Where do you live now? I now live in Sumner, part-time, which has allowed me to enjoy the plant species that of area. Both the introduced … Read More

Get to know Lois Buckley

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Where were you born and where did you spend most of your childhood? Born and educated in Invercargill, married and had three children, then worked full time in the family photographic business. Secretary Invercargill Horticultural Society for a number of years. Where do you live now? Retired to Queenstown for fifteen years, but moved to … Read More