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It starts with the courageous voyage to New Zealand from the UK made by my grandmother, Marianne, and grandfather, Henry; Kathleen’s life through World War II and marriage to my Dad, the late Noel Stanley; raising five children on the family farm just north of Opunake; and having now earned the title as one of the district’s oldest living residents at the age of 96. The enthusiastically supported short story and poetry project attracted budding writers, including local secondary school students, more recent residents, and those of us who were born in the little maternity Cottage Hospital on the cliff top overlooking the headlands of Opunake Bay and out to the wild Tasman Sea. It’s especially nostalgic when you share a school library table with a boy, born only a week before you at the Cottage Hospital, having started infant school together and become ‘an item’ by the time we were five- and-a-half! Now, at a more venerable age, he and I wanted to learn from another former Opunake Primary School kid, Graeme Lay. Lay is the prolific Kiwi author of best-selling short stories, novels, fiction and non-fiction travel books and his latest, published last month, the third of a trilogy based on Captain Cook’s career. It’s intriguing to read Lay’s short stories based on his life in Opunake, place and peoples’ names changed, but instantly recognised by old hands like us. As we study some of his work and he talks about the realities of being a short-story or novel writer it dawns on me that in earlier days I was right about one thing. When my Mum’s friends marvelled at how lovely it was for me to be a writer, I would disarm them by explaining that becoming a news journalist was the same as becoming a motor mechanic. The disciplines of editing, spelling and punctuation, listening carefully and observing, may be the same for novelists. But the dominating requirement of news, to be objective at all times, leaves little space for literary creativity and embellishment. Lay was taught by the master of New Zealand literature, Frank Sargeson, and it’s taken this next generation master to show me in clearer terms the subtle difference I was trying to explain all those years ago. But then this time my story is about our precious Mum and it will go into the annals of the ‘Opunake 150 years’ celebration; there for future generations of the wind-swept coastal town to reflect on how it used to be and the people who made it so. POinT TO POnDer Passage of time kindled Kathleen Stanley, 96, with daughter Marianne, 66, and great- granddaughter, Kerra Clark, three months. Photo supplied / Kathy Clark DEFENCE Force top brass will be rolled out to a public meeting aimed at engaging and informing young people. Two high-ranking officers and a Ministry of Defence official will address the event organised by Botany MP, Jami-Lee Ross on July 6. Mr Ross says the intention is to make information available to senior secondary and tertiary students, young community leaders, and any other young people interested in Defence matters. Participants include cadets training under the direction of No. 40 (Howick) Squadron, Air Training Corps commander, squadron leader NZCF, Tyron Guthrie. Mr Ross says it will be interesting to hear about the careers of the senior officers and ministry officials attending and their thoughts on the future of the nation’s Defence Force. The meeting is being held in conjunction with current consultation on the Defence White Paper to be finalised and published before the end of this year. The document will be the Government’s blueprint for addressing security threats, challenges and opportunities facing the country over the next 25 years. “ That’s why it’s important to hear what our young community leaders and students think regarding the Defence Force and planning for the future,” Mr Ross says. The public discussion and ■➤ information evening for the Defence White Paper is from 6.30pm on July 6 at the Air Training Corps Building, The Depot, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga. More information about the Defence White Paper and the public consultation process is online at www. defence.govt.nz. Security threats discussed to inform young people New arrival BOTANY MP Jami-Lee Ross and his wife Lucy Schwaner are celebrating the birth of their first daughter, Charlotte Schwaner Ross. Charlotte was born at 10.53pm on Tuesday, June 30, at Middlemore Hospital, weighing 3.77 kilograms (8lb 5oz). Charlotte is a new baby sister for the couple’s first child, three-year-old Henry. Mr Ross says Lucy and Charlotte are doing very well – happy and healthy, and the family is thrilled and delighted with the arrival of their newest member. He says they’re also very grateful to the care of the wonderful staff at Middlemore Hospital.
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