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New promotion team
By BOBBIE NICHOLLS
Sitting pretty: Trying out a phaeton in the foyer of the new Coach House
museum are newly appointed manager Paul Gibson and Jo Payton who has been
appointed to promote the horse-drawn era museum.
Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLL
Until now, the Coach House horse-
drawn era museum has been totally
dependent on volunteers giving time
Volunteers have done an
amazing job,'' newly appointed
promotions officer Jo Payton said.
With the opening on May 6, the
Manawatu Horse Drawn Vehicle
Collection Trust has employed Paul
(Gibson) and me to help develop the
museum into a business, source
sponsors and grants and to promote
it beyond Feilding, even overseas.''
Mrs Payton has worked in com-
munity liaison and marketing at
Massey and Lincoln universities, so,
with three children now, the part-
time job is just right for her.
She is excited by the Coach House
which is more than just a collection
of old vehicles.
The museum has potential as the
centre of Manawatu's rural and
agricultural tourism. Once the cafe
is opened, it will become a natural
place for tourists to stop for refresh-
ment, part of the network for the
Country Road tourism route, and as
a hub for Feilding's rural tourism
such as the saleyard tours.
While the market has been older
folk interested in the historic
vehicles, we want to get involved
with schools and I will be
investigating the school curriculum
and how we can fit into it.
My kids will be the test market,
and already, they just love coming
here,'' Mrs Payton said.
Once the interactive displays and
theatre are set up, there will be
even more to attract young people.
The 100-seat theatre will also be
promoted for agricultural confer-
ences but Mr Gibson is sourcing
footage from archives and museums
which can be shown continuously
while the museum is open.
Invitations have been sent out for
the opening ceremonies on Sunday
and from Monday the museum will
be open from 10am to 4pm daily.
Activities designed to attract
locals to the centre over the next few
months are planned.
Students learn of Anzac
By ZARYD WILSON
OBSERVANCE: Students from Longburn Adventist College, along with pupils
form Kairanga and Longburn schools listen to an Anzac service at Longburn
Photo: ZARYD WILSON
Longburn and Kairanga students
gathered for a service last week to
remember and learn about the
Kairanga and Longburn schools
joined fellow students at Longburn
Adventist College to hear from a
variety of speakers on the theme of
The service was also to pay trib-
ute to seven former students of the
college who did not return from the
two world wars. Their names are on
a plaque outside the school chapel.
One of the speakers was Kairanga
women Rochelle Hutchinson who
had recently visited Gallipoli.
She said she had never under-
stood how important the day was
until going there and detailed the
grim realities the Anzac soldiers
faced on arriving at Gallipoli.
I wanted the children to realise
that Anzac day is not just a day off,
it's about remembering those who
fell in 1915 and every battle in years
since,'' Mrs Hutchinson said.
The school chaplain said the
school had previously held an Anzac
service but this year wanted to
involve the wider community. He
wanted it to be an annual event.
The service was attended by sev-
eral dignitaries including Mana-
watu mayor Margaret Kouvelis.
Longburn Adventist College has a
roll of about 300 pupils and moved
from Cambridge in 1908 to be more
central and closer to the rail route.
This year it celebrates 100 years
on its present site.
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