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THE TRIBUNE, JANUARY 18, 2012
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Jacky makes fresh start after quakes
Quality piece: Kiwi Souvenirs owner Jacky Morton with one of her koru pendants.
By JUDITH LACY
What gems: A range of Kiwi Souvenirs
Photos: WARWICK SMITH
Koru symbolises new beginnings
and that is what Palmerston North
means to Jacky Morton.
Koru is also part of the logo of her
business, Kiwi Souvenirs, and of her
paua jewellery and giftware
She used to sell her work at the
Christchurch Arts Centre but the
February 22 earthquake put an end
In July, two weeks after moving
to Palmerston North, she opened a
shop in the Shannon Shopping Cen-
tre, which she says is going well.
Mrs Morton retired from teaching
six years ago when she and husband
Jeff moved from Dunedin to Christ-
She had been deputy principal of
a small school near Dunedin, but
after 30 years in the classroom
decided it was time to follow her
She had always had an interest in
craft and art in general.
First she painted, then was abso-
lutely captivated by mosaics and
sold her pieces at the Riccarton
She built up a business and four
nights a week tutored in mosaics
from the garage she converted into a
Then she started working with
paua and discovered coloured paua
laminate, a fine sheet of paua with
resin on top.
She also works with natural
Her framed paua shapes were
popular with customers and she
decided there was a market for
these and other paua products,
Eventually she gave up mosaics
and moved into paua.
She shared a shop at the arts cen-
tre and also sold her work at the
centre s market.
The Mortons house in Halswell
was not damaged by the earth-
But the earthquake on September
4, 2010, was the most frightening
experience of Jacky s life and she
was on edge for several weeks.
It s a hard feeling to describe,
It s like it knocked your whole
system down, you can t think the
We just sat for a couple of days
thinking well, what are we going to
The Mortons were in Nelson when
the February quake hit, but
returned immediately -- she
remembers the traffic streaming out
of the city as they were coming in.
Mr Morton, a technical consultant
for a fertiliser company, had been
offered a transfer to Palmerston
North after the September earth-
quake, but turned it down as they
were happy in Christchurch.
But after February they thought
why not? .
Their children left Christchurch
about the same time, with their
daughter now in Wellington and son
in Australia. Mrs Morton s parents
still live in Christchurch.
While she is enjoying living in
Palmerston North, she feels guilty
leaving everyone else to cope with
the quakes and rebuilding the city.
The February aftershocks did not
worry her, but the day she was
signing the Shannon shop lease a
truck went by, rattling the build-
ing s windows.
I shot nearly 50 feet into the air.
She said she still jumps when-
ever car doors are slammed.
The Mortons were familiar with
Shannon as they used to pass
through it on the way to visit family
in Hawke s Bay.
You would drive straight
through Shannon, you wouldn t
even stop for an icecream.
Now it is so different.
Kiwi Souvenirs also sells its
products online and wholesale.
Mrs Morton enjoys the face-to-
face interaction with customers the
Shannon shop provides, seeing their
reaction to products.
Customers also provide ideas for
new designs, such as the chunky
crosses with a koru in the centre
she now makes.
One day s enough to get the
interaction that you want and then
you can just come home and work,
or not, as the mood takes you.
While she loves the creative side
of her work, she does not mind the
robot run , making up to 40
magnets at a time.
Other products include coasters,
cellphone charms and decorated
There is a demand for products
with the name of a city or town on
them and Mrs Morton says she is
thinking of creating a Manawatu
wind turbine magnet.
She can see the turbines from her
Boat club going for gold at
weekend jubilee regatta
The Manawatu Power Boat Club celebrates
its golden jubilee with the Gold Cup
Regatta on Saturday and Sunday.
The weekend traditionally attracts up to
30 boats, with more expected this year due
to the resurgence of the clubman s class of
The feature event is the 41st Gold Cup,
one of the most sought-after cups in New
Zealand power boat racing.
Boats come from as far away as Auckland
and Christchurch to try to take the cup
The Manawatu club is also hosting the
Formula 3 North Island title.
The 41st Gold Cup regatta will be held on
the Manawatu River at Whirokino Rd, five
kilometres south of Foxton and 10km north
Secretary Rochelle Dennis said many of
the older boaties got started in the sport by
racing their pleasure crafts.
Today the sport has progressed to highly-
specialised, high-powered craft coming in
many shapes and sizes.
None of the people race professionally --
we all have regular jobs, everything from
shop assistants to electricians and mech-
The club is one of the most active in the
country, with some 40 members and grow-
ing, Ms Dennis said. Members come from
Wellington, Kapiti Coast, Horowhenua,
Manawatu and as far away as Paeroa.
The clubman s class was big in the 1980s
and is having a resurgence, with some 12
boats on the water.
It is an inexpensive way into the sport,
with most of the secondhand boats costing
less than $2500. They run on the smell of
an oily rag, with a 25-horse power outboard
This is excellent news for the future of
racing at Manawatu, Ms Dennis said.
Not only have we gained some new adult
members but an extra three new junior
members aged 12-15 years.
Entry $10 each day, children under 12
For more information visit nzpba.com.
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