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Overview Processing Note: This collection is awaiting arrangement and description. It contains notes on the Proposed Haast - Milford Road, The Save Manapouri Campaign and Deep Cove Water Proposal. Includes an 8mm film titled "Manapouri". Please contact Archives staff for furhter details of collection content.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1964 - 2002
Record Group — Box 48
Overview Donny is one of a handful of residents in the Te Anau basin who can provide first hand accounts of the life and times of the district as far back as the 1930s. As he said off-tape, it is difficult to give a complete picture of events in just a couple of hour’s conversation. However, his comments and come of his early photographs illustrate much of a bygone era.
Record Group — Box 53
Overview The Baker family's connections with the Te Anau Basin go back more than half a century when Russell's father worked on the electrical supplies during the last stages of the Homer Tunnel construction. By 1964 Te Anau had become the family's permanent home and it wasn't long before Russell combined two of his favourite pastimes deer-hunting and aviation. In the late 1960s he was involved in venison recovery as a meathunter and after passing his commercial pilot's licence in 1975 he used fixed...
Record Group — Box 54
Overview From a young age, John Barker developed a keen interest in deer hunting around the Gisbome district in which he grew up. But it was the lure of hunting the bigger Fiordland wapiti that inevitably drew him to a job at Milford Sound where his spare time was spent shooting deer and hybrid wapiti in the Fiordland mountains. Not long before his arrival, helicopters had started being used in the venison recovery industry in the same area and by the early 1970s John formed a business partnership which...
Record Group — Box 52
Overview The son of a shearer who worked in the Te Anau Basin during the 1940s, Cliff's first introduction to the district was in 1945. Since then he has developed extensive knowledge of the deer-run hinterland as well as the craggy coastline of the southern fiords where he spent many years both as fisherman and tourism operator. In this interview, Cliff remembers traditional skills such as blade-shearing and oyster-catching as well as forming a small tourism business in Doubtful Sound. He also talks...
Record Group — Box 52
Overview A resident of Manapouri for more than forty years, Irene has played an active role in the community, initially because of her parental involvement in the local schools and later as a local government representative. In addition to bringing up their five children, Irene also worked alongside her husband during the years he operated his own charter boat tour guide business in Doubtful Sound. Latterly, as well as local government issues she was also a representative on the Guardians of the...
Record Group — Box 53
Overview William Arthur (Bill) Black has become a well-known figure both in aviation circles and among the general population of New Zealand as a result of his search and rescue activities in the south. From a young age he developed a keen interest in aeroplanes and bought his first Tiger Moth while still a teenager. Only a couple of years later he was working as a commercial pilot for Te Anau-based company, Ritchie Air Services, when as well as scenic flights he was providing air-freight services for...
Record Group — Box 50
Overview Lewis Blatch grew up on one of Te Anau's original pastoral runs, Lynwood Station. Along with his younger sister, Win, he is one of a dwindling group of people who can recall life in what was once a remote part of New Zealand, bordering the Fiordland National Park. In this interview, Lewis talks about the methods his father and brothers used on the Station's freehold pastures and the open run country before the government implemented its huge land development programme in the 1950s.
Record Group — Box 51
Overview Rex grew up in the 1930s on Stewart Island surrounded by the sea and people whose lives were ruled by the tides and the weather. Despite his mothers’ efforts to prevent him going into an industry that had taken the lives of some of her immediate family, Rex spent nearly 50 years making a living from the seas around his childhood home and along the Fiordland Coast. He remembers a time when crayfish were considered not worth catching. In this profile he gives an account of those early days and...