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Map of a surveyor's plan of Waitara including the Waitara West and Huirangi Districts. The plan shows the field of operations during the Taranaki Wars from 1860-1861 and highlights redoubts, battle locations, pa sites, and other important landmarks. The map is adhered to black card.
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PHO2009-117

Architectural plan for the Bank of New Zealand, Waitara branch. Unknown architect and date.
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ARC2013-1576

Architectural plans of the alterations and additions to the New Plymouth Post Office and Clock Tower on the corner of Devon, Robe and Silver Streets New Plymouth.
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ARC2013-1550

Architectural plan of a proposed observatory for the New Plymouth Astronomical Society. Plan shows floor plan and elevation. Undated.
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ARC2013-1549

Architectural plans for an opera house, museum, concert chamber and municipal chamber for New Plymouth. The building was to straddle the Huatoki River and was never constructed. Undated.
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ARC2013-1548

Poem titled ‘To Pee or to Pier’, relating to the 1997 plan to create a tourist attraction from a pier that would be linked to an oil rig anchored off New Plymouth. The satirical poem was distributed by fax throughout New Plymouth in November and December 1997. The author of the poem is unknown.

To Pee or to Pier
Now you’ve all heard of a scheme afoot for a pier out from Centre City
I hope that you will agree that this grand plan deserves a little ditty.
It seems that the lads from Townscape, just talking over a beer,
wanted to put an oilrig at the end of a concrete pier

They announced the plan on the radio and in the Daily News
important people were approached to ascertain their views.
Oilmen and fishermen and local Maori too
Whose permission was deemed vital to make this dream come true

The council ran a ratepayers poll …. 99 percent agreed
That an oilrig at the end of a pier, was exactly what we need
Everyone was consulted – not a dissenting voice was heard
DOC and OSH and Forest and Bird, never uttered a single word

Resource consent was granted – the monies quickly raised
the TSB donated heaps and they were greatly praised
Powerco came to the party – they’d provide the power
as long as their name, was all lit up at the very top of the tower

Then George and Warren from Townscape searched the world to find a rig
They found rigs on land and rigs on ships, but some were much too big
There were red ones, yellow ones too and some all covered in rust
They found the right one in Bass Strait, to have it was a must

The Westgate tug was dispatched at speed to tow the rig back here
Within a week the tug returned and sat just off the pier
It had in tow a lovely rig all painted for the occasion and
When Jenny Shipley arrived, she got a grand ovation

With the rig in place, the tourists flocked – the city started to boom
The shops were full of visitors – there was no doom and gloom
A little train took people out along the pier to see the rig
and a little girl was heard to sigh “Oh Dear, it’s just so big”

But then one night some roughnecks came to town from Maui B.
It seems they got upon the drink at a bar called Maloneys
They staggered out at 3am and headed for the sea
and all was going pretty well until they stopped to have a pee

When they looked up and saw the rig all lit up with light
they thought they were back at work and had to start that night
so they wandered out the pier and found a drill bit in a tin
and kicked the motor in the guts… and drilled the bugger in

They drilled all night and drilled all day and no one seemed to care
but when some busybody heard the noise I think they called the Mayor
the Cops arrived and then the Press which proved a perfect foil
They were just about to shut it down when they bloody well struck oil

Well out it gushed from the top of the rig all over Centre City
With rocks and oil and mud and gas the scene was far from pretty
With dollar signs within their eyes, the Council was elated
but Bev Raine changed that with a call “the town must be evacuated”

An urgent meeting was called that night, everyone was there,
the Police the Council and Civil Defence with Mayor Claire in the chair
with oil and gas still gushing out… no one knew what to do
as there were no valves in the rig to shut, they were really in the poo

Then Shagger jumped up and said “hang on… I’ve read about Red Adair,
I’ll blow her up to stop the flow.. this is neither here nor there”
So they all went down to the Farmers’ Co-Op and got some dynamite
they put Shagger in a Firemans suit and he slipped into the night

The oil and gas kept gushing as they looked into the gloom
but then at exactly 4a.m. there was a tremendous boom
The rig was gone … the flow was stopped but the view was pretty shitty
Shagger it seemed used too much and he’d blown up half the City

Another urgent meeting was called to talk about the mess
the bill would run to millions… it was anybody’s guess
But the Council were not worried they couldn’t understand the fuss
“We’ve had a Consultants report, the oil belongs to us.”

Now Shagger was a hero the Townscape boys were knighted
but the Council it turned out to be, were a little bit shortsighted
They didn’t own the oil that day that lay beneath the sea
The liquid gold was in fact owned by Fletcher Energy

Well now we have an oilfield where Centre City used to be
Even from the tallest hill you cannot see the sea
The moral of this tale of mine, is leave things as they be
and when you leave Maloney’s – Don’t stop to have a pee!!!
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ARC2013-1542

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Ray Wilson speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as Lance Corporal in the RNZ Infantry in the Malayan War.
Wilson served for four years in Malaya. He speaks about his time at war in the jungle.
Date: 3 December 2012
Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes

Part of a series of 10 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki Vietnam, Korea and Malaya War veterans. The interviews were conducted 2012-2013 by Ray Cleaver. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust. The project was a continuation from an earlier project which captured the stories of WWII veterans.
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ARC2013-1490

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Ron Prichard speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as Private in the RNZ Infantry Regiment in Malaya, Borneo and Vietnem Wars
Prichard served in the army for four years.He spent two years and eight months in tours in Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam. He was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for bravery during firefight in Vietnem.
Date: 15 March 2013
Duration: 1 hour 23 minutes

Part of a series of 10 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki Vietnam, Korea and Malaya War veterans. The interviews were conducted 2012-2013 by Ray Cleaver. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust. The project was a continuation from an earlier project which captured the stories of WWII veterans.
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ARC2013-1489

Rob (Robin) Leathley speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as Lieutenant with the RNZ Infantry Regiment in the Malaya and Vietnam Wars.
Leathley joined the army in 1960. He served in Malaya in 1966-1969 and Vietnam in 1967. He speaks about health issues associated to Agent Orange.
Date: 15 February 2013
Duration: 46 minutes

Part of a series of 10 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki Vietnam, Korea and Malaya War veterans. The interviews were conducted 2012-2013 by Ray Cleaver. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust. The project was a continuation from an earlier project which captured the stories of WWII veterans.
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ARC2013-1488

Bob (Robert) Jagger speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as working in Artillery Signals in the 16th Field Regiment in the Korean War.
Jagger speaks about the two year he served in Korea supplying shells and maintaing signal lines
Date: 26 November 2012
Duration: 55 minutes

Part of a series of 10 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki Vietnam, Korea and Malaya War veterans. The interviews were conducted 2012-2013 by Ray Cleaver. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust. The project was a continuation from an earlier project which captured the stories of WWII veterans.
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ARC2013-1487

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Kevin Holley speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as Warrant Officer in the RNZ Infantry Regiment in the Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam Wars.
Holley served in Malaya in 1964, Borneo in 1965-1966 and Vietnam (with 161 Artillery Battery) in 1967-1968. He worked with the artillery in Vietnam and speaks about Agent Orange and ongoing health issues many Vietnam veterans have.
Date: 25 February 2013
Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes

Part of a series of 10 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki Vietnam, Korea and Malaya War veterans. The interviews were conducted 2012-2013 by Ray Cleaver. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust. The project was a continuation from an earlier project which captured the stories of WWII veterans.
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ARC2013-1486

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Peter Hamilton speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as Petty Officer in the RNZ Navy during the Malaya War.
Hamilton served in the Navy on the frigate Rotoiti, which sailed through nuclear fallout areas after bomb testing. Many of his fellow military men later died of cancer. He spent time patrolling the coast of Malaya chasing pirates.
Date: 26 November 2012
Duration: 57 minutes

Part of a series of 10 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki Vietnam, Korea and Malaya War veterans. The interviews were conducted 2012-2013 by Ray Cleaver. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust. The project was a continuation from an earlier project which captured the stories of WWII veterans.
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ARC2013-1485

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Guv (Hawea) Grey speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as Sergeant in the RNZ Infantry Regiment and Engineering Corps in the Vietnam, Malaya and Borneo Wars.
Grey served in the Royal New Zealand Army for 20 years, he was deployed in Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam from 1966-1967 and in Singapore from 1972-1974. He speaks about jungle patrols and health issues from Agent Orange.
Date: 7 February 2013
Duration: 1 hour 16 minutes

Part of a series of 10 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki Vietnam, Korea and Malaya War veterans. The interviews were conducted 2012-2013 by Ray Cleaver. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust. The project was a continuation from an earlier project which captured the stories of WWII veterans.
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ARC2013-1484

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David Beacham speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as Staff Sergeant in the RNZ Infantry Regiment in the Vietnam and Malaya Wars.
Beacham conducted compulsory military training and went on to territorial traing. He was a part of two tours in Malaya and one in Vietnam, on jungle patrols.
Date: 11 December 2012
Duration: 1 hour 24 minutes

Part of a series of 10 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki Vietnam, Korea and Malaya War veterans. The interviews were conducted 2012-2013 by Ray Cleaver. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust. The project was a continuation from an earlier project which captured the stories of WWII veterans.
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ARC2013-1483

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Jim Baird speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as Lance Corporal in the RNZ Infantry Regiment in Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam.
Baird work with Intelligence and on jungle patrols in Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam. He also went on patrol with a US coastgaurd vessel.
Date: 21 February 2013
Duration: 55 minutes

Part of a series of 10 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki Vietnam, Korea and Malaya War veterans. The interviews were conducted 2012-2013 by Ray Cleaver. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust. The project was a continuation from an earlier project which captured the stories of WWII veterans.
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ARC2013-1482

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Russell Andrews speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as gunner in the RNZ Armoured Corps in the Vietnam War.
Russell served six months in Vietnam, manning N202 guns and patrols, where he was poisoned by Agent Orange. He was injured and sent home. He speaks about his recurring health problems since the war and trouble finding work after the war.
Date: 28 November 2012
Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes

Part of a series of 10 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki Vietnam, Korea and Malaya War veterans. The interviews were conducted 2012-2013 by Ray Cleaver. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust. The project was a continuation from an earlier project which captured the stories of WWII veterans.
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ARC2013-1481

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Doug Lane speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as an engineer with the Royal New Zealand Armed Forces during World War Two.
Interviewer: Ray Cleaver
Date: 6 April 2010
Duration: 35 minutes
Part of a series of 51 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki WWII veterans. The interviews were conducted between 2009-2011 by Ray Cleaver and Peter McDonald. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust.
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ARC2013-1460

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Eric McEwen speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as a Bombardier with the New Zealand Armed Forces during World War Two.
Interviewer: Ray Cleaver
Date: 6 April 2010
Duration: 53 minutes
Part of a series of 51 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki WWII veterans. The interviews were conducted between 2009-2011 by Ray Cleaver and Peter McDonald. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust.
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ARC2013-1457

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George English speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as a Lance Corporal with the Coldstream Guards of the British Army during World War Two.
Interviewer: Ray Cleaver
Date: Unknown (c. 2009-2011)
Duration: 39 minutes
Part of a series of 51 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki WWII veterans. The interviews were conducted between 2009-2011 by Ray Cleaver and Peter McDonald. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust.
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ARC2013-1441

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A small black notebook containing lined pages secured by two rusted staples. Inside front cover has 1916 and 1917 calendars. Inside back cover has a "Ready Reckoner and Marketing Table" and "POSTAL INFORMATION" section. First page has "15665 M. W. Beattie" handwritten and underlined in pencil. The remaining text is also handwritten in pencil and details the index and content of the following filled in pages. The subject matter is military and contains instructions and guidelines on handling equipment and techniques to use. Penultimate page has a pencil rubbing of a coin.
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ARC2013-1424

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Reg Hull speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as a Sergeant Flight Lieutenant during World War Two.
Interviewer: Ray Cleaver
Date: 15 September 2010
Duration: 26 minutes
Part of a series of 51 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki WWII veterans. The interviews were conducted between 2009-2011 by Ray Cleaver and Peter McDonald. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust.
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ARC2012-071

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Goldie Whalen speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as a Private with the 19th and 25th Battalions during World War Two.
Interviewer: Ray Cleaver
Date: 10 June 2010
Duration: 58 minutes
Part of a series of 51 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki WWII veterans. The interviews were conducted between 2009-2011 by Ray Cleaver and Peter McDonald. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust.
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ARC2012-070

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Wally Chisnall speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as a Warrant Officer with the Royal Air Force during World War Two.
Interviewer: Ray Cleaver
Date: 1 September 2011
Duration: 47 minutes
Part of a series of 51 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki WWII veterans. The interviews were conducted between 2009-2011 by Ray Cleaver and Peter McDonald. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust.
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ARC2012-066

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Henry Turner speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as a Corporal with the Queen Alexander's Mounted Rifles and Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War Two.
Interviewer: Ray Cleaver
Date: 7 April 2012
Duration: 37 minutes
Part of a series of 51 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki WWII veterans. The interviews were conducted between 2009-2011 by Ray Cleaver and Peter McDonald. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust.
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ARC2012-064

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Rex Holswich speaks to Ray Cleaver about his time as a Flight Sergeant with the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War Two.
Interviewer: Ray Cleaver
Date: 25 November 2011
Duration: 50 minutes
Part of a series of 51 oral recordings created by Rata Education and Historic Productions Trust and Anvil Productions Ltd. The project aimed to capture the stories of the remaining Taranaki WWII veterans. The interviews were conducted between 2009-2011 by Ray Cleaver and Peter McDonald. The project was funded with the help of a grant from the Taranaki Electricity Trust.
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ARC2012-063
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