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In compiling our books, we aim to involve as many family members as possible by contacting each of them by mail and inviting them to submit personal biographies. By way of example, and to introduce ourselves, the following is our entry in our own family book:


Alison Jane

b. 25.01.1950


m.on 19/5/74 to





Alison, d/o Douglas William Henry Hunter and Sophie Stewart, b at Hamilton and m. at Whangamata to Andrew, s/o Wallace Honeyfield and Elizabeth Hastings Elmslie, b. at Waverley. Address: PO Box 199 (Wyborn Road) , Te Aroha.

Alison was educated at Whangamata School, and Waihi College. She then attended Hamilton Teacher's College, finishing in 1969 followed by two years teaching at Tauranga South and Greeenpark Schools. She then moved to Te Aroha in the Thames Valley, filling teaching positions at Te Aroha Primary and Te Aroha West Schools.

Andrew was educated at Whenuakura and Patea Primary schools in south Taranaki, then New Plymouth Boys' High School as a boarder. In 1966 he went to Lincoln College where he acquired his Diploma of Agriculture and Diploma of Valuation and Farm Management. Part way through his studies at Lincoln he took time off to work for Volunteer Service Abroad in Thailand where he became fluent in the Thai language. On leaving Lincoln he began working as a Farm Advisor with the Piako Farm Improvement Club, based at Te Aroha in the Thames Valley.

Alison and Andrew met in Te Aroha where they still live. After their marriage Andrew set up a farm management consulting practice and Alison left teaching to help with the business and to care for their three children. For some years she was involved with La Leche League as a group leader and then as a coordinator of Group Leader applicants in the central North Island area. For several years she was secretary to the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management. She is close to completing a degree in Business Studies as an extramural student with Massey University. She has a lifelong interest in her family's history and has researched both her own and Andrew's families. This led her to taking out a franchise with Evagean Publishing in 1995, compiling family history books in association with Rex and Adrienne Evans. Alisonís interests include her family, reading, fishing, patchwork, quilting and embroidery.

Andrew has continued his work as a farm management consultant, serving the greater Thames Valley and eastern Waikato regions. He is a longstanding member of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management and past president of the Waikato-King Country Branch. He is a member of the New Zealand Veteran and Vintage Car Club, the North Island Model A Ford Club and the Te Aroha Rotary Club. His interests include farming their lifestyle block, restoring and driving vintage cars, promoting heritage tourism in Te Aroha, eating Thai food, studying early aviation and researching his own family history.

Alison had been a franchise holder with Evagean Publishing for 6 years before she and Andrew purchased the Evagean Publishing business from Rex and Adrienne Evans in 2001 and re-located it to Te Aroha.


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