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This publication has captured people’s memories, experiences and inspiring quotes they have learnt over the years.

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Thank you to everyone for their contribution to this publication and for shairng their personal insights.


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Memories


Friends No matter where and when, true friends will be there in your life without a doubt, whether it’s in person or heart true friends will drop everything to help you out! My true friend is a very special and unique person that has been there through the sad times with the millions of tears, the good times with the hundreds of photos and laughs; the messy times with too much alcohol and the hardest day of my life having to get on a plane and leave my best friend behind to start a new and exciting part of life! Forever and always she will be my shooting star with the matching tattoo.

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Michaela Hill, 2010


I will always remember my weekend in Australia with my best mate, James. With our duty free bottles in hand and the streets of Sydney at our feet, we had the time of our lives. These are the memories I will always hold on to and think of when times get tough.

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Stefan Parsons, 2006


As a child in the 1960’s I could go to the local dairy with one penny and I would get four lollies for that penny. We had half-pennies and could still buy two lollies with that. No wonder I am addicted to sweets.

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Chris Marsh, 1963


I will never forget when I got the Dux award in school. The feelings of achievement and pride were immense, but most importantly, I will never forget the faces full of joy and love of my friends and family.

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Maria Alejandra Munoz, 2004


My dad told me he loved me the night before he died. That is one of the most amazing memories I have.

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Manda Holmes, 2009


Going to Hamilton at Easter and seeing my family, made me very happy as I hadn’t seen them in such a long time.

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Jorja Parsons, 2010


Meeting the love of my life, 30 years ago at Chartwell Tavern, which is now Smith and McKenzie!

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Julie lea, 2010


I remember the days we washed Dad’s van. It was always really sunny and we splashed about in the water. It made me feel happy that we could do fun stuff with Dad.

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Leah Parsons, 2006


I was playing on my cousins front lawn. A steer had run amok in Rimu Street en-route to the Frankton Sale Yards. It charged down the street and was coming straight at me. I ran to the neighbours front lawn and dived behind a wooden fence post from which a single number 8 wire was strung. The steer hit the wire and the post and veered off. I then sprinted inside and changed my pants.

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Roy Anderson, 1940


Having a batch in the middle of nowhere in the Coromandel, no TV, no ipods, no shops, no dairies around the corner. Just the family, fishing and beach everyday. Couldn’t ask for more.

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Matthew Cole, 2008


I have a definite memory of my childhood in Italy. I remember spending my summer holidays with my auntie, Zia Albertina, in the country. My auntie made pasta every Saturday. We helped make the pasta by hand and cut the pasta into shapes to make ravioli or tortellini. They were stored in this large dark wood dresser. The top opened up and there the pasta lay for our meals everyday. Even the cats ate pasta for their dinner. For me food is a strong memory, it evokes strong feelings that I can still recall the smell of food years later. When making pasta I can still remember the smell of flour and eggs being mixed together against the wood smell of the table. It was really a moving experience. As an adult I now know how lucky I was. It was a wonderful childhood.

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Rita Spadoni, 1971


The day I turned 15 years old I biked out of Hamilton Boys High School giving the Principal “the finger� and never went back!!!

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Dave Marsh, 1975


Crossing the finish-line at World Ironman Championships with my 79 year old dad on my arm.

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Craig Thorne, 2005


When our new house was ready, during 2009, our building company gave us a credit for the lawn as it was too late to sow lawn seed. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise. For now we were presented with a blank canvas, and understanding neighbours. Later on we did decide to put in a concrete slab for a garden shed. Luckily I had thought of this and left enough room. But while I was digging out the area to be concreted, Leah said to me “Dad why did you plant the grass seed if you were just going to dig it up?” I just had to smile and say she was right. It’s hard living with 3 women. I have found what I thought was going to be a real chore has turned out to be a labour of love… even though my wife says I’m too slow!”

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George Parsons, 2009


A great memory that I have is moving to the beach over the summer holidays. One day I was lying on the beach with my friend and I thought this is amazing. There I was lying in the hot summer sun in my togs and looking out at this incredible view. Words can’t describe how brilliant I was feeling. All I could think was that life is good. From now on whenever I have a bad day, I just take a moment and bring myself back to that day to remind myself how lucky I am.

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Morgan Lea, 2009


Family Birthdays Every year all 5 grandchildren would have their birthdays. It would start with presents, then we would wait for the phone call from our grandad and grandma, Roy and Shirley. Every year without a doubt our day would start with happy birthday being sung by Roy. A birthday wouldn’t be complete without this. Afternoon tea would be the next thing us grandchildren would all look forward to. Our whole family, all together, celebrating and eating the classic birthday food that we all loved. We always knew birthdays were a day to look forward to, not because of the presents but because of the family being together, smiling and celebrating.

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Arna Parsons, 2010


The most amazing moment in my life was the minute my amazing son Blake was born and I held him in my arms for the first time.

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Ashleigh Jones, 2008


Growing up as a child in Ongarue Sub Station in the King Country, life was very isolated. If people went along our road with a herd of cattle or a flock of sheep, we would rush out and climb our gate and watch them go by. The Drovers would yell “Don’t fall off that gate and hurt yourself.” Being kids we would reply “We can’t fall.” This would always give us excitement for the day.

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Shirley Anderson, 1940


IQ Inspiring Quotes


A mother holds her child’s hand for just a short time, but she holds their heart forever.

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Chris Marsh, 2010


Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.

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Maria Alejandra Munoz, 2010


As you grow up, you will learn that even the one person that wasn’t supposed to let you down probably still will. You will have your heart broken and you’ll break others hearts. You’ll blame a new love for the things the old one did. You’ll fight with your best friend. You’ll cry because time is passing too fast, and you’ll eventually lose somebody you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much. Forgive quickly, and love like you have never been hurt. Because every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness that you will never get back. Remember to live in the present rather than always focusing on some distant outcome.

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Jessica Lea, 2006


I believe... The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; They just make the best of everything they have.

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Roy Anderson, 2010


If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.

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Arna Parsons, 2009


Life is like an open book. The pages are turned by the wind.

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Paul Spadoni, 2010


The only thing worse than having too much work is having none.

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George Parsons, 2010


Never dwell on your misfortunes because there is always someone worse off than you.

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Maioro Barton, 2010


A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.

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Stefan Parsons, 2010


Missing someone isn’t about how long it’s been since you’ve seen them or the amount of time it’s been since you’ve talked. It’s about that very moment when you’re doing something and wishing they were right there with you.

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Michaela Hill, 2010


Of all the people you will know in your lifetime, you are the only one you will never lose & sometimes you have to stand alone to prove that you can still stand.

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Claire Robinson, 2010


You are the creator of your own destiny.

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Theresa Knight, 2010


Eliminate the negative and accentuate the positive.

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Arna Parsons, 2010


As if forever ends tomorrow. Don’t let it pass you by.

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Solay Sutherland, 2009


For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.

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Laura Houghton, 2010


We say we waste time, but that’s impossible. We only waste ourselves.

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Morgan Lea, 2010


Every cloud has a silver lining.

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Nicki Thorne, 2010


Philippians 4: 13 “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”

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Gary Raynel, 2010


Take a leaf from everybody’s book in your life, and grow yourself a tree.

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Stacey Lea, 2010


This publication has been designed and photographed by Arna Parsons as part of her Bachelor of Media Arts Degree.


This publication has captured people’s memories, experiences and inspiring quotes they have learnt over the years.

pause in time, rewind to your memory, play through the photograph. Thank you to everyone for their contribution to this publication and for shairng their personal insights.


Memory Publication- Arna Maree Parsons