• by Warwick Bishop

  • by Tony Milner

  • by Gerald Moon

  • by Helen Gowland

  • by Trevor Lewis

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profiles nancy malcolmNancy Malcolm

The recent death of Nancy Malcolm has reminded us of the full and varied life she enjoyed through to nearly her 80th year. Nancy was US American born and those who met her could not miss the shadow of an American accent. Nancy and husband Bill, an academic in botany, chose to come to New Zealand in 1971. They left behind a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired residence.

profiles helen gowlandHelen Gowland

I grew up on a farm in Rangiora, Nth Canterbury, 2nd eldest in a family of 6, (3 girls and 3 boys). Dad managed the farm which had 120 acres of flax, plus about 20 acres for our own stock. The flax Dad cut was sent to be turned into twine and rope. We kept milking cows for our own use, and sent the cream to the dairy factory and used the spare milk for the pigs.

carl horn profile 1Chairman - Carl Horn

Carl joined SeniorNet Nelson in 2010. He has been a member of the Management Committee over the past three years, acting as the Minute Secretary to assist the Secretary. He also acts as the tutor for the Android Starter Course and three Microsoft Word workshops.

profiles thushari nanayakkaraThushari Nanayakkara

I was born in Colombo, the Commercial Capital of Sri Lanka, and studied at Kolonnawa Balika Vidyalaya (Ladies College at Kolonnawa). After high school studies, in 1995, I joined Hatton National Bank (HNB), a leading private bank in Sri Lanka, as a Typist. I completed my Diploma in Banking at Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (IBSL) within 2 years.

profiles lindsay hunterLindsay Hunter

I was a child of the Second World War growing up in Christchurch, in a new world of rapidly evolving technology spilling over from the desperate inventions of a war-torn world. I had a new education a whole order more sophisticated than my parents. As a younger one of six children, I hung onto the world of my elder brother and sister and learnt of the exciting and expanding world we were living in. Anything seemed possible and we waited for it to become real.

profiles roger pittmanRoger Pittman

My father wanted a better quality of life and a higher standard of living for our family, so we left England bound for NZ, where I spent my teens on the North Shore in Auckland. I’d been interested in broadcasting from an early age and wanted to be part of the creative production of radio and television programmes.

Barry-Doig120Barry Doig

I was born in Wairoa and raised in Hastings. At age 14 my father, an amateur photographer, taught me to process my first film by hand in the kitchen sink. I later spent 5 years in the Navy and among other things worked as a film projectionist. At Victoria University of Wellington, I graduated in History, and trained as a Presbyterian minister. I was ordained in 1968, and in Southland, my interest in photography emerged. 

trevor lewis smallTrevor Lewis

I grew up on a farm near Okaihau in Northland and was educated at Okaihau District High School. While I loved the country life, I was more interested in science and things technical rather than farming. Like many small boys the idea of flying captivated me and for a period the Air Force was my aim, however our school being fairly small, it didn’t offer the range of subjects required so I gave that idea away.

Mike Ellis

I grew up in Birmingham, England’s second city of 4 million people. My first real job was as a Computer Operator at Birmingham University - my introduction to computers. I went to University in Nottingham for my Mathematics and Computing degree. No sign of Robin Hood while I was there. Teaching beckoned, and I studied for my Post Graduate Education degree at Liverpool University. Teaching practice in the slums areas of Liverpool was a challenge!

tony-milner-profile-1Tony Milner

I left school without a clear career path and I‘m still wondering what to do when I grow up. After attending various schools in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Malawi, my first job was in Malawi, as Technical Assistant (a euphemism for apprentice technician/gofer). I learned about telecommunications at a time when party line phones had just been assigned to the history books.