The People Of Oratia

Erica Mason

Erica Mason

My name is Erica Mason and I live at 158 Parker Road, Oratia with my husband Michael. Our home of 30 years is on the Parker Road South site that Watercare has decided is one of the preferred sites for the replacement water treatment plant. I found out that my home could potentially be destroyed…

Lyn Viskovich

Lyn Viskovich

My oldest recollection of my ancestory in Oratia is my Aunt Dorothy (Davidson). She was born in 1900, and came to live at Sunnydale (now Landsendt) in Parker Road. She arrived at Sunnydale when she was 7 with her brother Ronald Davidson and sister, Mary Davidson. Her mother and uncle moved the family to Oratia…

Sarah Mason

Sarah Mason

I live in the red zone that is marked for demolition if the Oratia site is selected. I live here with my two girls Alyisa and Hayley. We don’t want to leave. I grew up on this road. I was supposed to be born in the first house my parents lived in on Parker Road;…

Malcolm Parkin

Malcolm Parkin

My Families land where my memories stand of generations past and present. If you take them away where will those families stay? As with my memories they will be torn and destroyed forever. May I remind you that these are individual independent souls, young and old guilty of nothing, trying to secure a future for…

The Preston Story

The Preston Story

This family name Preston has been in New Zealand for 6 generations before the generation of my children I have introduced to Oratia. The first generation came from Ireland for the gold rush around Hokiti- ka, the second started a catering/bakery business in Hokitika. H.B Preston catered for R. Hon R.J Seddon on the 25th anniversary…

Bev Blake Story

Bev Blake Story

My name is Bev Blake and I live at Parker Road, a property in the Parker South option. I am a relative newcomer to Parker Road. I am only second generation, unlike the Malams, Davidsons, Gashs, Viskovichs, Lipshams, and Halls and so many more. Also I left the valley when I married in 1971 and…

Naya’s Story

Naya’s Story

I’ve spent weeks finding the courage to write to someone who I fear wont listen. To share something so close to my heart. I fear that if I do. If I can explain it. If I put everything I know and love about my home into the palm of their hands for them to picture…

Mason Story

Mason Story

My name is Michael Mason and Erica and I live in Parker Road. Our home has been identified for removal on the Parker Road South site. It was music that bought us to the Oratia valley. I had the great good fortune to be part of the 70’s band Waves. Graeme Gash was at the…

Our Oratia Story starts in 1917

Our Oratia Story starts in 1917

Our Oratia Story starts in 1917 when my Great Uncle Ray came to work for Alec Cochran on Carter Road. Uncle Ray helped with the farm work as they had cattle and sheep at the time as well as an orchard and plant nursery. In 1919 when the First World War ended my Great great…

Anne & Shaz

Anne & Shaz

Hi there, my partner & I live at Parker & if given the opportunity would like to speak about how we are currently being impacted & the impact should the plant go ahead.  We moved to Parker from the city centre (7yrs ago) preparing for our retirement (I am 64yrs & my partner 61yrs) after…