you from:Loburn North Canterbury
Comments:I feel so privileged to have grown up in the Te Anau/Manapouri area and attended Manapouri District High. I've re-visited several times and, last year, did the Kepler Track with my sister Toni and friend Anita (Luka), the 50 year anniversary of the year we Donaldsons left Manapouri for Australia. I, too, feel sad to see no acknowledgement of the site where the village/school etc was, it would be nice to have something to recognise where the workers families lived and where so many of us enjoyed (mostly) our school days. It was a great time and place to be a child and I treasure the memories. I wonder how often the current farm owners see people wandering around their paddocks (as we did) reminiscing about old times and characters, who have become much more interesting with the passage of time.
February 4, 2020 02:36:22 (GMT Time)
you from:Brisbane, Australia
Comments:I attended MDHS 1972-73 (from memory). Although a youngster at the time I still recall many adventures and the rural community environment. My mother Waveney (Murray at the time) was engaged in relief teaching for the school periodically. She is now North of AKl and remains teaching at a local country school. It was my dad who worked on the project as a Civil engineer ( at the time he was in the formative stages of what was to become a successful engineer and owner of several businesses. Sadly he left us in 2016 following an unexpected illness diagnosed 12 mths or so earlier. Throughout his life he remained in contact with many of his colleagues including those who lived and worked in Manipuri. One of whom along with his wife now lives close to myself. Their children whom I met at the time and have known for nearly my entire life also live close and we remain in contact. Paul & Avon Mc Laughlin ( English ) now retired. My dad was Ian Murray - civil engineer.
December 27, 2019 14:29:05 (GMT Time)
you from:838 Ballard Canyon Road, Solvang California, USA
Comments:I am a kiwi born in Lyttleton and raised at the Hydro village before moving to Canada. I returned home to NZ and was living in Te Anau in the mid 1980's with my wife and two sons.Many great memories of my childhood at MDHS with my sister Many and brother Stephen.
July 24, 2018 02:58:49 (GMT Time)
Name:Theresa Stelling Nee Mc Grath
you from:Dromana Victoria Australia
Comments:Mr Eathorne and his potters wheel. Was accidentally shot deer stalking. Some of my friends were Sherry Kelly,Terry ScheaferHarry Flowers and Norma Westal also the Mc Cormack Family,Cam Preston. Parties in the hall with Ann Moet chaperoning us.Man on the moon,Happy days.
May 20, 2017 11:11:46 (GMT Time)
Name:Helen Taylor (nee Mackie)
you from:Back home in Scotland
Comments:So many fond memories and such an amazing time spent in Manapouri Hydro. I got very emotional when I flew over to see only traces of the houses still outlined in the field! I truly wish we could all get together for one last time..so many of us had truly amazing experiences and we all seem to feel the same. Met with Carolyn Schofield and Chris Hughes and have had visits with Yvonne Copeman and also keep in touch with Mitch Williams. Well done Peter and thank you.
November 22, 2016 09:29:44 (GMT Time)
Comments:Great growing up as a kid -full of advcentures
September 27, 2016 08:57:26 (GMT Time)
Comments:Fond memories of the village and escaping to balloon loop, fishing for trout, swimming in the river before the dam was completed and changed it all. Its Xmas in a few days so wifey and I are heading to Te-anua for a weeks holiday so will check out the old village site and take some photos and remember the old days! I catch up occasionally with the Smiths family who were in the village 3 years, they had three boys and three girls, my best mate was Tane, we still see each other for a beer or two! Iain Miller you lived a house away from us, I had a crush on your sister Diane haha...I recall her boyfriend with the VW which had a key sticking out the back of it? Thanks for making the effort on your website Peter.
December 22, 2015 12:51:22 (GMT Time)
you from:Living in Farmington New Mexico USA
Comments:Watching the houses being hauled in on trucks and Peter's dad building sidewalks and fences in the early days. Some of our most memorable times. Would love to visit with any and all who lived there.
November 13, 2015 22:11:22 (GMT Time)
Comments:Good times fishing during school cert days, Blakey's hole.
October 30, 2015 03:55:27 (GMT Time)
you from:Southern California
Comments:I remember Teachers Mr. Eathorne, Mr.Davis. Cooking class where I learned to make jam as it was freezing outside and the windows frosted, but we were eating well inside. I remember Rene Roux, a first love! And,an enduring memory was of the hikes I would take by myself across the road in the bush, where I found the old settlement and burial ground of an Scottish family.I remember a Peter who drew and wrote Star Trek stories. I only have good memories.
September 12, 2015 08:08:55 (GMT Time)
Name:John Brent Dodd
you from:Brisbane, Australia
Comments:I remember a fort that was built near the flood control channel, there wouldn't have been too many forts built, so it must have been yours. I hung around with Kevin Budell and it was a friend of his that built this fort whom I met on several occasions. I went to school there, but can not find my name entered in the school registry (mid 1969). Anyway, great memories. We lived on Pleasant Ave, but can't recall the number. My father worked at West Arm as a draftsman, involved with drafting the formwork drawings for the scroll cases. Thanks
August 11, 2015 06:43:44 (GMT Time)
Name:Susan Isabel Schuttler (now Smith)
you from:Cape Town South Africa
Comments:Lots of memories of the school and village, even though I was very young
January 13, 2015 06:27:16 (GMT Time)
you from:Christchurch NZ
Comments:I assisted the start of the Secondary Department and thoroughly enjoyed my time at Manapouri Hydro. I recall the time when there was a Royal visit which shot past the minored where we were all seated and did not return. We telephoned the Airfield and a military helicopter came to the school ground and hovered just a few inches above the ground (It was not allowed to land) and provided as much highlight to the pupils as the non existent royal visit. A great memory. My oldest son and daughter started school here.(Michael Sept 1966 and Patricia 1968) Enjoyed my time there, Went on to Lumsden DHS and Northern Southland College. Thanks for this grand effort Peter.
November 25, 2014 09:27:37 (GMT Time)
you from:NSW Australia
Comments:Many happy memories of village and school . We lived at house 339 , Dad Nick MC Grath Mum Phillis me sisters Theresa,Dorothy Margaret and brother Nick.
July 28, 2014 08:59:46 (GMT Time)
you from:Te Anau
Comments:Good to see you still have active pages Peter. If anyone would like to join us on the 'Growing up in Te Anau from earliest of days' on Facebook, please email me and I will add you to it. Love to have you join us and share some snippets of interest in the group. At present it is a secret group to avoid spammer's. God bless ye all xoxo
January 31, 2014 08:24:54 (GMT Time)
Comments:Remember quite a few names from my era 1973-1976. Great days, even as a 7 year old, crossing the road to Balloon Loop and playing on the banks. Riding bike down from "the tanks". Mrs Kennedy, my first teacher. Having cubs at the hall. Building huts out of beer crates at the fire station. Hanging around the fire station while parents boozed there. Bus trips to Te Anau to learn to swim singing B-I-N-G-O etc. So many memories - still a little sad to drive past the old village site these days, with just the entrance roads left. What a place to grow up!
December 29, 2013 10:29:52 (GMT Time)
Name:Raetea Joyce Ngatama
Comments:This where I started school until we were relocated to Te Anau Primary. Enjoyed growing up in the Hydro Village. We lived at 314 Grand Circle Avenue.
June 29, 2013 04:32:12 (GMT Time)
Name:Annie Jane Ah Mu
you from:Mt Wellington, Auckland
Comments:Heaps of wonderful memories of the Hydro Village, just can't remember some names. I do have photos, which I will have to bring out of storage. I remember a young Australian who brought indoor basketball to another level with her talents and cute little outfit.
April 30, 2013 05:51:40 (GMT Time)
Comments:poaching trout at ballon loop and the beauty of the lakes ,will take my lady and dogs and revisit soon
April 9, 2013 03:05:09 (GMT Time)
Name:Yvonne Robertson nee Copeman
you from:Hamilton NZ
Comments:Fantastic that you managed to rescue the MDHS pupil log. Such a lot of familiar names. Amazing that so many different nationalities were living in the village.
April 8, 2013 01:47:55 (GMT Time)
Name:Yvonne Robertson nee Copeman
you from:Hamilton NZ
Comments:Wonderfull scrolling through all those familiar names. How clever of you to preserve the school log book. Manapouri was quite a melting pot...and such an experience to be part of that life.
April 6, 2013 00:57:09 (GMT Time)
Christine Wheeler (Chrissie)
you from:Alexandra, Otago
Comments:So many memories of the days at MDH, thought at the time school was a drag but now would love to go back and see all the people from the school, was such a great time in our lives. Love to catch up with old friends :) You have done a super job on this Peter.
January 26, 2013 00:16:19 (GMT Time)
you from:Mackay, QLD
Comments:Thanks for the memories just letting you know Terry Hokianga has created a Facebook page called Manapouri/Fiordland school and would like people to contribute to it. :-)
December 29, 2012 20:39:51 (GMT Time)
you from:So Cal USA
Comments:have so many some of the best times of my life
December 20, 2012 22:14:49 (GMT Time)
you from:Te Anau of course :))
Comments:Making porridge in home ecc and we all carried it home in a plastic bag..on the bus..with naughty boys who liked to squish stuff..I am so pleased not much is recorded in these records Peter, a person could have been a bit embarrased :/
December 18, 2012 20:00:37 (GMT Time)
you from:australia mate
Comments:my wife Safi Rose Marie (nee Vaigafa)lived in house 81 with her sister Georgina (gina) from 1966-67. she remembers the snow piling up against the school doors which were put on the wrong way. Milford Sound and the bridge that disappeared into the mist. Her father John (sione) worked on the Deep cove tunnel.
June 7, 2012 08:04:34 (GMT Time)
Comments:Great Work Peter
June 6, 2012 20:26:03 (GMT Time)
Comments:Wow, fond memories, I can't remember you Peter but I used to hang with Maxine and Brett, back in the day, and lots of friends from Te Anau lol.
June 6, 2012 07:35:35 (GMT Time)
Comments:Where The hell did you Find these ?
June 4, 2012 08:58:51 (GMT Time)