Kia kaha te reo Māori!

September 10, 2021
Written by: the Forget Me Not Life Stories team - If you have children or grandchildren at school, you’ll know that nowadays te reo Maori and Maori culture play an important role in the New Zealand school curriculum. Children today understand and use more Maori words and p...
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The Clyde Reservoir

August 23, 2021
An extract from Go Hard or Go Home by Stewart (Scuff) McSkimming: - The town reservoir sat at the northwest end of Clyde, on top of the hill as you enter the Cromwell Gorge. One day after school, aged about ten or eleven, Grant Sanders, Brian Holland, Gus Parks and...
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Olympic Glory

August 2, 2021
Written by Elaine Mead - Every four years the agony and the ecstasy of sporting dreams are played out before the watching world and I reflect on my family connection to New Zealand Olympics. The 1916 Summer Olympics, which were to have been held in Berlin, were can...
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Royal Reflections

May 12, 2021
Written by Sarah Ryder - I’ve been reflecting on the royals, prompted no doubt by the much-hyped Oprah interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the recent passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the upcoming Queen's Birthday weekend.  A life of public s...
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Are we making progress?

April 15, 2021
Written by Samantha Cutler - I can smell autumn in the air and many Waikato dairy farmers will be heading towards the end of their milking year. All sounds as it has for years. So, what has changed within rural Waikato from sixty or seventy years ago? I’m lucky to have so ...
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Otago Central Rail Trail

March 17, 2021
Written by Leane Wheeler - With our New Zealand borders closed, now is the perfect time to get out and explore what’s in our own backyard.  Recently I was lucky enough to experience a five-day cycle trip of the Otago Rail Trail. The Otago Central Rail Trail was b...
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Volunteering

February 22, 2021
Written by Sharon McGaffin - According to one dictionary definition, a volunteer is “one who offers service”. Many organisations in New Zealand would be unable to carry out their work without the help of people who offer their services for free, e.g., the Fire Servi...
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Every vote counts

January 6, 2021
Written by Elaine Mead - Voting and number of votes have occupied headlines recently in both New Zealand and the United States of America.  Both countries recorded increased voter participation from previous years, almost 83% in New Zealand and nearly 63% in the United ...
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Written by Kate McCarthy - The following is an excerpt from Margaret McNaughton’s Life Story (in progress) reflecting on the grand era of New Zealand Railways.  "As I grew up in New Zealand during the Great Depression, between World War One and World Wa...
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The Good Cemeterians

October 17, 2019
Written by Sarah Ryder - Brian McIntyre’s wife says he’ll be spending long enough in a cemetery without spending all his days above ground in one as well!  Despite this Brian and his team dubbed ‘the cemeterians’ have spent hundreds of hours in Nelson ...
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