Met up with an old friend we knew from Teapot Valley days.  He is now a Chaplain at Ohakea RNZAF Base, so he invited us out to look over the old place again.  Unfortunately no flying going on the moment because of the current fuel crisis in New Zealand, but we did manage to visit our old married quarters, look over the Air Force ‘Marae’ on base (known as the Tūrangawaewae because people from many different tribes share this place), and visit the Base Chapel.  So many changes.  The old gatehouse has been replaced by a modern up-to-date electronically operated system, but the swimming pool and Officer’s Mess still the same.  Hope to go out again on a better day, and when they are flying.  Unfortunately I had the wrong camera lens on my camera but did get some shots…

…hope to post some more shots of those wonderful stained glass windows shortly.


This lovely little Church of St Oswalds at Westmere, just north of Whanganui, is designed by Frederick De Jersey Clere.  Building started in 1914 and was finally completed in 1929.  (I have to wonder if the building was held back by the event of the First World War).  It is surrounded by trees and farmlands, and was particularly beautiful among the spring blossom.

speaking peace
to a war-torn world
building hope


In 1871 the long-awaited bridge over the river was opened to carry all traffic between Wanganui and the northern districts, and the railway bridge further up-stream was completed six years later. Railway construction was slow, however, and it was not until 1885 that Wanganui was linked with New Plymouth. Finally, in November 1886, when the Manawatu Railway Company’s line was opened from Thorndon (Wellington) to Longburn, rail transport was thus available from Wanganui to Wellington. From 1882 to 1891, however, the growth of population was very slow. The expansion that did take place was largely due to the growth of dairying, not only locally but also in Taranaki, for the lack of suitable ports in the northern district was a gain to Wanganui.

‘WANGANUI’, from An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock, originally published in 1966.
Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand
URL: (accessed 03 Aug 2017)

…and the view back towards the city.


So lovely to spend time with family.  I was impressed with the way they always managed to walk the dogs, even when their days at work had been long and arduous – although I’m not sure if I enjoyed that first sprint down the hill and up the bank in the dark… And the views were amazing. Far too many to post quickly.

In the beautiful Bay of Plenty