Wairarapa News : June 12th 2013
18 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JUNE 12, 2013 NEWS Call soon to talk about your job. Jordan or Jeff Ph: 06 370 4575 or 0274 516 653 Adam 027 772 0134 429 Queen Street, Kuripuni, Masterton COMMERCIAL CLEANING Retail | Schools | Resthomes | Business Premises The team at Exclusive Cleaning are here to help, for: • One-off jobs • Seasonal contracts • Regular cleans Use the local team with years of experience Jeff, Adam and Jordan are the working managers and they aren't afraid to get their hands dirty. They enjoy dealing directly with customers, ensuring you get the service and results you expect. Are your premises sparkling clean? We can help! Call today for a free quote 5351411AB 4397153AC Read your Wairarapa News online Go to www.wairarapanews.co.nz Click on the wording next to the computer icon and register for free RODD & GUNN Exclusive to Saunders Outlet Store 4342477BZ REGD. 194 6 98 QUEEN STREET, MASTERTON P: 370 3000 www.saundersshoes.co.nz Application forms for 2013 grants are now available from Public Trust. e omas George Macarthy Trust, currently celebrating its 100th year, is now calling for applications for grants to charitable and educational organisations in the Wellington region (including Wanganui, South of Turangi, Manawatu, Horowhenua and the Wairarapa). Applications close 30 June 2013. For more information, or an application form... • call us on 0800 788 787 • visit www.publictrust.co.nz or www.tgmacarthytrust.org.nz • write to us at TG Macarthy Trust, Public Trust, PO Box 5024, Wellington 6145 Ogilvy/PTR0635/A TG Macarthy Trust CALL FOR 2013 APPLICATIONS Book captures flavour of NZ past Memories of yesteryear: Masterton author Christine Hunt Daniell has just launched her book Just An Orange For Christmas. By PIERS FULLER When Christine Hunt Daniell sat down with pen and paper and talked with the old- timers'' for this book, her motivation was to preserve more than the bland surface details of regional history. In her fourth book, Just An Orange For Christmas, she reveals the humanity and the memorable detail of the lives of local characters and a bygone era. The stories are from Wairara- pa, but their core is essential New Zealand experience, expo- sing something universally human. They describe how it felt to live in the last century, how it feels to be near the end of life, how today's world measures up. Christine says she has also had a love of words ever since she was very little. She remem- bers being sick with excite- ment'' at the prospect of the new school journals arriving. After graduating, she spent three years in Europe, working in isolated rural communities. While absorbing the distinct flavour and spirit of each cul- ture, she became determined to capture New Zealand's equiva- lent -- a heritage or folk history we still tend to deny we have. She produced three books: Something In The Hills, Speak- ing A Silence and I'm Ninety Five -- Any Objection? She feels that, particularly with her last two books, she has achieved her aim of delving below the surface of the charac- ters and revealing the flavour of New Zealand as it was in yes- teryear. She says she was lucky to come across some great sub- jects for Just an Orange for Chr- istmas and she hopes that the book helps them appreciate that their lives are valuable too. She learned that many of us experience abandonment in our lives in some way or another and though this can have a lasting influence on our outlook, the characters she interviewed have managed to stay positive and didn't abandon their spirit and sense of humour. Each character is a survivor, recalling often raw or touching personal details. One such character, Stan, notes: I'm amazed you keep wanting to come back and get information from an ordinary old fellow like me'', and it is to people such as him that this book is an extra- ordinary testament. Christine has carefully unra- velled webs of facts and feelings, earthy yarns, shrewd percep- tions, tomfoolery, fantasy and faith, which may someday become our folk history.
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