While convalescing, Ray spoke of the four hour journey from Everest’s summit back to Camp 4.
“That part of the journey wasn’t pretty, really. Sliding down with your oxygen mask frozen, and not being able to feel your toes wasn’t a lot of fun. But I can’t believe how well the whole thing has gone.”
At the time these words were recorded, Ray Brown, having fulfilled his dream, had no thought of repeating his great Everest climb. His next challenge? To build a new house for his family, and to look after their block of land.
The Hensman Family
The Hensman “boys” have certainly lived up to their early promise. As schoolboys, they were good students and good sportsman, and in fact, very good “all-rounders” generally.
Mark Hensman, M. Theology, B.D. (Hons.) B.A., Dip. Ed., Dip. Tchng., has been Principal of Napier Boys’ High School, but resigned to complete a Doctorate.
Philip Hensman is a farm station manager at Thorn Flat Station near Kereru, Hawke’s Bay.
Jonathan Hensman, B.A. (Hons), Dip. Ed., Dip. Tchng., is Principal of Wanganui Collegiate.
Stephen Hensman, B. Ed., M. Philosophy (Hons.), Dip. Teaching is now Deputy Principal of St John’s College, Hastings. He is also Chairman of Heretaunga Intermediate School’s Board of Trustees.
Stephen has held several senior positions in Hastings and Napier Secondary Schools; he has been English adviser at Massey University, a moderator for English units’ standards in 1997-98, and a Convenor for a Teaching of English National Conference.
Peter Hensman, B.B.S., C.A. (PP), Dip. Tchng. Peter taught at Hamilton Boys’ High School, and is now an accountant with the Hastings firm of Atkinson, Shepherd and Hensman.
Nils is one of Mayfair’s ex-pupils who has combined scholarship and management. He studied at Canterbury University, where he gained his M.Sc. and B.E. degrees. For these he was required to do practical work as well as the “in-house” university studies. For his practical experience Nils spent time in Australia working in mine laboratories at Broken Hill and later with an iron and steel company at Newcastle.
For good measure Nils then completed a course (at Victoria University) in business management. He became manager of a department with British Petroleum, and more recently Produce Manager with Enza. A short time ago Nils resigned from his Enza position in order to set up his own business – Viking Technology – based in Wellington. (The “Viking” part of the name is in deference to his father’s Danish background. Nils himself has visited Denmark several times and retains links with Danish relatives there.)
Nils’ wife, Dutch by birth, is very highly trained in forensic science and they have two sons, both of primary school age.
The Hastings Citizens’ Band was formed in 1886 and is one of the oldest surviving bands in New Zealand still using its original title.
Wayne Myhill joined this band in 1969 and progressed through the ranks to the position of Music Director – a position he held for seven years until work commitments made it necessary for him to tender his resignation very recently.
Wayne has become very well-known for his fine musicianship. He has been selected on three occasions as a member of the National Band of New Zealand, culminating in a trip to the USA in 1995. During his earlier years he was selected for seven National Youth Bands.
He was New Zealand Junior Trombone Champion in 1978, was placed second in the New Zealand Champion of Champions in that same year and has since twice won the New Zealand Open Trombone Championships.
Wayne has his family following in his footsteps. Both his son and his daughter are playing members of the Citizens Band.
Girvan is now a graphic designer in London. Before going overseas she received her training from Mr Geoff Fuller in Hastings, and then at Wellington Polytechnic.
Among the highlights of her career she has assisted with the refurbishment of public/ state rooms at Buckingham Palace and she has also been involved in the cataloguing of paintings there.
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