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Official programme for the opening of the refurbished TSB Showplace, New Plymouth 6 February 1999.
In 1997 the New Plymouth Opera House Trust, wo were struggling to sustain the venue as well as produce high quality shows, handed management of the theatre to the New Plymouth District Council (NPDC). With support from the NPDC and TSB Bank a refurbished and expanded theatre complex re-opened on 6 February 1999 with the addition of a new smaller black box theatre known as the Theatre Royal and function room (The Alexandra Room).
Now the TSB Showplace is a category A heritage building which continues to host numerous events from theatrical productions to weddings, conferences and expo’s and has become an iconic landmark within the Taranaki district known both locally and internationally.
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ARC2011-116

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Sound recording. Jack Valentine talks about his ancestor’s arrival in New Zealand, beginning his career working as a cinema projectionist in Hawera, Normanby and New Plymouth, managing the Civic Theatre in Eltham, working in Auckland and working on the Last Samurai.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 14 June 2003
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ARC2011-056

Sound recording. Anna Butler talk about her own and her husband - Len Butler's Swiss family history, her family farm and growing up in Kaponga, their Mangatoki family farm, her life with husband Len and their children. Recorded on two separate occasions.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: Part one and two 11 July 2002; Part three 17 February 2003
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ARC2011-051

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Sound recording. Mervyn Thayer talks about his early life in Opunake and Whanganui, his apprenticeship as a watchmaker, his time working at Butcher's Jewellers in Stratford, looking after the Stratford town clock and working as a movie projectionist.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 5 February 2003
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ARC2011-025

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Sound recording. Roland Kennedy talks about his family farm in Tahora, his family heritage and his interest in bird breeding.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 6 March 2003
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ARC2011-021

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Sound recording. June Thomson talks about meeting her husband David Thomson in the Middle East during World War II and her life as a farmers wife on the Bird Road, Stratford.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 11 September 2001
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ARC2011-013

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ARCAn interview with Warren Orr of New Plymouth, formerly of Stratford by Alison Robinson as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
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ARC2010-45

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An interview with Betty Field of Opunake by Alison Robinson as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
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ARC2010-44

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An interview with Gwelfa Burgess of Stratford by Alison Robinson as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
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ARC2010-43

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Sid Bayliss of New Plymouth talks of dairy farming at Parkvale in the Wairarapa and contracting in the region. Moved to New Plymouth as a partner in 'Walkers Auto Services'. When he retired he moved to Matau to help his daughter on her farm. He later moved to Midhurst.
A excellent shot he describes shooting rabbits, deer, pigs and possums in Wairarapa and Taranaki.
He talks about farming activities, describing haymaking using a haybaling machine.
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ARC2010-232

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An interview with Ted Washer of Tokaora by Alison Robinson as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Ted talks about his family origins, his childhood and schooling at Manaia School and Hawera High School, life in the Army during World War Two, running the family farm and the death of his wife Dell in a car accident.
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ARC2010-009

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An interview with Ruth Liversedge by Alison Robinson as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Ruth talks about growing up in Yorkshire, meeting her husband Roy and emigrating to New Zealand in 1961 as assisted immigrants. She describes living in Stratford, Roy's accident and going back to Britain to live for several years before returning to Stratford in 1968.
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ARC2010-008

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An interview with Leo Zehnder by Alison Robinson as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Leo describes his childhood in Eltham, his father Joseph was a Swiss emmigrant from the Canton of Zug. He worked at the Ngaere and later the Eltham Cheese Factories. Spent time in the Army then went to Europe visiting Swiss relatives. returning to New Zealand he worked at the J C Hutton Freezing Works at Eltham for 33 years.
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ARC2010-006

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An interview with Kate Mickelson by Alison Robinson as research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Kate talks about her childhood at Pihama and Opunake, her early adult years and marriage to John Mickelson. Married life in Collingwood, her children and social activities. in 1942 her family moved to Whakamara and then to Opunake, Kate recalls life in Opunake, her family activities and her association with the Opunake Players and writing her book 'The clearing : a history of Opunake' published in 1989.
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ARC2010-005

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An interview with Duncan Menzies by Alison Robinson as research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Duncan talks about his childhood at Rawhitiroa and Mangamingi, life at school, work as a stockman and farming the family farm. He recalls some of the local identities of the district including 'The Hermit' Jim Young and the development of the Rotokare Scenic Reserve.
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ARC2010-004

An interview with Leo [Deed] Stockwell of Stratford by Alison Robinson as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Deed talks about his life living on the Marco Road, his childhood memories, schooling, the roads, social events and farming the family property.
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ARC2010-002

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An interview by Alison Robinson with Jean Parkes (nee Needham) at the Eventide Home, Eltham as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007. Jean talks about her childhood at the Douglas Boarding House, her marriage to Walter Parkes and her life at Tahora and Tatu.
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ARC2010-001

Bob talks about joining the Opunake Players in 1955, initially assisting with the lighting and sound but working in a wide range of positions over the years, he was president for ten years and a director of plays. His wife Margaret began with the players in 1959 and reminiscences about her role with the Players, the plays and the players.
Interview date: 19 February 2009
Interviewer: Heather Cormack
Abstraction:
Restrictions: none
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ARC2009-99

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An interview with Ollie French of Hawera, as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Interview date: 3 March 2007
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
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ARC2009-447

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An interview with Grace Mulcock of Stratford, as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Interview date: 8 April 2005
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
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ARC2009-446

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Peter joined the Opunake Players in the 1956, encouraged in part, by Mary Stronge who became his mother-in-law. He talks about learning the craft of acting, the actor's relationship with the audience and assisting with backstage tasks particularly set making and stage managment and the different venues used.
Interview date: 20 February 2009
Interviewer: Heather Cormack
Abstraction:
Restrictions: none
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ARC2009-102

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Jenny talks about joining the Opunake Players, working in wardrobe, costume making and acting. She relates anecdotes about the plays produced and personalities within the group.
Interview date: 20 February 2009
Interviewer: Heather Cormack
Abstraction:
Restrictions: none
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ARC2009-101

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Jim has been a member of the Opunake Players since he was a young adult. He recounts how he joined the Players, some of the plays he performed in and the personalities associated with the group, his experiences as a director and member of the New Zealand Drama Federation.
Interview date: 17 February 2009
Interviewer: Heather Cormack
Abstraction:
Restrictions: none
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ARC2009-100

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Oral history. Molly talks to Heather Cormack about her involvement with the Opunake Players.
Interview date: 30 September 2008
Interviewer: Heather Cormack
Abstraction:
Restrictions: none
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ARC2008-324

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An interview with Alan Love who recalls his experiences as a set, sound and lighting technician with the Opunake Players.
Recorded: 05 September 2008
Interviewer: Heather Cormack
Abstraction:
Restrictions: None
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ARC2008-312
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