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and restored, to an oil painting of the Halfway House by Kapiti artist Hugh Evans,” said Claire. “What brought them to life were the backstories that each gifter shared. For example, Gabrielle McCardle donated an aspidistra plant that originated from one that came out to New Zealand on a colonial sailing ship from England. “She then showed us the photograph album of the family who had looked after the plant for all those years.” Local MP Greg O’Connor, who attended, said that New Zealanders travel the world marvelling at others’ histories and it was important

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