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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. Recorded in two parts. In part one Leo Robertson talks about his childhood and family, working in butter factories around the Stratford district. In part two Leo Robertson talks about his cousin 'Grouse' Taylor.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 8 February 1998
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ARC2011-066

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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

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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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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 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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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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Interview with Kay about her experiences as a member of the Opunake Players.
Recorded: 2 September 2008
Restrictions: None
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ARC2008-311

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Oral history. Ian recalls his time with the Opunake Players.
Interview date: 21 August 2008
Interviewer: Heather Cormack
Abstraction:
Restrictions: none
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ARC2008-304

An advertising poster for the Waitangi Day activities held at Puke Ariki Landing by the New Plymouth District Council and Ngati Te Whiti Marae 2008 Inc.
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ARC2008-062

Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Garth and Gladys Bilkey of Bell Block, 26th August 1989. Both Gladys and Garth were previously members of the Central Taranaki Methodist church and they talk of their involvement in church families as they moved around the district. they also talk of ministers and mention the Christian Endeavour.
Also included is a short interview (on the second side) with Birdie and Ella Rowe.
Part of the Central Taranaki Methodist project. An edited transcript is available. No abstract has yet been made.
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ARC2002-458

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Mrs Lois Wharton and her daughter Brenda, 30th January 1991. Lois was at one time the Central Taranaki Methodist parish steward.
Part of the Central Taranaki Methodist project. No abstract or transcription has been made.
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ARC2002-457

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Claude Marchant of Stratford 4th December 1990. Part of the Central Taranaki Methodists project. No abstract or transcript has been made.
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ARC2002-455
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