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Luenda Mary (nee McNeur) and family

Born 1919. Died 2006?

Luenda Mary McNeur was the oldest child of Rev Archibald and Lily McNeur, and was born on 07 February 1916 at Knapdale, Southland.

She attended school at Winton and Milton, where she was brought up. She must have been one of the very few who gained matriculation (University Entrance) from the District High School at Milton. She played hockey in the Milton representative team.

Luenda gained a BA at otago University and taught at Wellington Boys College.

She married fellow teacher Duncan Scott who later was Principal of Dannevirke High School for many years.

Luenda was always a gracious and able mother and wife in a lovely home. Upon Duncan's death, she retired to Napier.

Luenda and Duncan had 2 daughters:

  • Joy Christina, born 27 July 1947. Married Donald Kerr and spent many years in USA. Two sons Andrew and Christopher. Joy now lives in Northland.
  • Margaret Jean, born 26 October 1949. Married, and subsequently divorced Timothy Scott. They had one daughter, Tamara. Margaret re-married Don Brown and they live on their farm near Taihape.

Archibald James (Jim) McNeur

Archibald James McNeur was born in Gore, Southland 09 July 1917. Commonly called Jim.
Educated in Milton and Balclutha before attending Otago University 1937-1938, then Massey University where he completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in Field Husbandry.

He joined the Army and served in the Transport Unit in Fiji in 1942, in the Malarial Control unit in New Caledonia 1943 - 1944 where he produced a language dictionary plus a list of plants and their native use, and in the Solomon Islands. On 23 August 1944 he married Noelene Jean Patterson in Fielding.

After the War Jim worked for the DSIR Grasslands Division in Palmerston North until 1962, then became Farm Advisory Officer in Gisborne for Min. Ag + Fish, then District Agriculture Scientist in Hastings, where he retired in 1978.

On April 9th 1990, while returning home from a visit to son John in France, Jim died suddenly at Singapore Hospital.
Jim and Noelene had 4 boys:
  • James David McNeur born Palmerston North 06 July 1945. Farmed for many years around Hawkes Bay until 1993. He is now a fertiliser representative in Palmerston North. He married Jennifer Anne Marchant and they have 3 children:
    - Ian Stuart born 16 Sept 1971 in Hunterville. Married to Melanie Jensen with 2 daughters.
    - Peter James born 14 August 1973 at Hunterville. Married to Tracey Price and they have 3 sons.
    - Hamish Duncan born 22 April 1976 at Hunterville
  • John Stuart McNeur, born Palmertson North 23 November 1946. After leaving School he worked for NAC (now Air NZ) in Wellington and Sydney. John married Frenchwoman Christianne Galestrossi on 29 Sept 1973 , became a skilled chef and for many years ran the family restaurant in Cap Ferrat, South France.
    They now live in Nice.
  • Kenneth Andrew McNeur, born Palmerston North 04 August 1949. A farmer, he went on an agricultural exchange to Canada and Sweden. Upon his return home he became a sheep and cattle farmer near Hastings. On 31 May 1980 he married Judith (Judy) Kennedy and they have 3 children:
    - Rebecca Joy, born in Hastings 03 November 1981. Works at Ziera Shoes, Havelock.
    - Clare Renee, born Hastings 07 May 1984. Married Aaron Tylee 2012.
    - Geoffrey Clarke, born Hastings 08 May 1987. Married to Emily Riley.
  • Peter Donald McNeur, born in Palmerston North 14 August 1952. In 1971 he attended Massey University, then switched to Teachers Training College and became a teacher. He taught in Motueka and London, before becoming Principal in Taranaki, Wairarapa and Masterton. He now works for REAP - Rural Education Activities Programme. He married Judith (Judy) Innes at New Plymouth on 11 Jan 1974 and they have 3 children:
    - Laura Rose, born New Plymouth 21 August 1982 and is currently working in Wellington.
    - Andrew James, born new Plymouth 27 September 1984. Andrew currently works for Customs in Christchurch. Married to Jenna, and had their first child Ethan James in December 2012.
    - Catherine Margaret, born Masterton 09 March 1988. Married to Mark Walker, they are both full time students in Masterton, with toddler Ella, born October 2011.

    Catherine, Mark + Ella.

    In July + August 2007, Andrew McNeur walked the length of NZ raising nearly $20,000 for the NZ Arthritis Foundation.

Rev Archie and Jim McNeur

The 4 McNeur boys, c. 1980's

Wedding of Clare to Aaron Tylee 2012.
L-R: Rebecca, Judy, Aaron, Clare, Ken, Geoffrey, Emily (Geoff's wife)

Laura 2013

Andrew with Ethan James McNeur b. Dec 2012

Areta Hazel Milne (nee McNeur)

Born 1919. Died 1997
Areta was the daughter of Archibald McNeur, sister of James, Luenda and Ian. Areta completed a BA at Otago, before teaching at Queen Margaret College in Wellington. She returned to Dunedin to study, being the first woman to study at Knox Theological College. There she met Graham, a young medical student and they later married in the chapel at Knox. However, studies were not completed as they moved to Timaru where Graham worked as a House Surgeon , before he headed off to Mission work in China, leaving a pregnant Areta behind plus young daughter, Robin. Areta spent time with her parents in Westport during this time, where second daughter Ruth was born. Areta and the two girls joined Graham in China in 1946. Daughter Heather was born in China in 1949, and the family left during the communist revolution in 1949, returning to NZ. The family spent time in Samoa and Niue, before returning to NZ in 1954 due to Areta's ill health. Graham purchased a medical practice in Naenae, Lower Hutt, in 1954, where they lived until 1970. Three more children had arrived by then, Pippa born 1957, Alec 1959, and Graham 1963. Graham purchased a medical practice in Martinborough in 1970, and the family enjoyed a rural lifestyle for several years, before Graham and Areta retired to Golden Bay, joined by Alec and Graham jnr. Areta died in 1997, and Graham continues to live at Onekaka, Golden Bay.

Their children are:
  • Robin, born 1944, and second husband Kevin Uncles lived for many years in Palmerston North, but moved to Rotorua in 2007, where both were employed by Waiariki Institute of Technology. They breed alpacas as a hobby. Robin has two daughters, Sarah married to Robert Wilson, with 4 children, and Rachel, now living in Greymouth with husband Ralph Glasson and son Ralph.
  • Ruth, born 1945, lives in Dannevirke where she worked in the special education field. Ruth and farm consultant husband Rick, moved to Dannevirke in 1974, where their three children were raised. Rick died suddenly in 2003 from a heart attack. Eldest son Richard [born 1971], is married to Tennille, and they have five children, William, Annabelle, Eleanor, Millicent + Henry. Richard studied medicine at Otago, specialised in radiology and is now a partner in a private radiology practice in Ballarat, Australia. Daughter Julie, born 1972, married Steve Walsh and now live in Auckland with their two daughters, Tamzyn and Grainne. Simon, born 1979, also studied medicine at Otago, also specialising in radiology. He and wife Marilize, also a doctor, are currently living and working in Tauranga. They have 1 son, Christian.
  • Heather, born 1949, sadly died from breast cancer in 2005. Her husband Peter Arthur continues to live in Motueka. They have two children Tony, living in Auckland with partner Tresna Hunt and two sons, Ollie and Liam. Daughter Jo is currently teaching in Hauhora, Northland.
  • Pippa, married Des Ashcroft, and they live in Toowoomba Australia, with four sons, Daniel, Christopher, Peter and Michael.
  • Alec, vet wife Marion, and children Brenton, Katie, Timothy and Areta, farm in Golden Bay at Onekaka. Alec studied agriculture science at Massey University before going farming.
  • Graham and partner Leigh Utting, live in Gisborne with their two children Awhina and Liam. Graham studied horticulture at Massey University and is currently tutoring for the Red Cross.

Ian Abercrombie McNeur

Born 30 April 1921 in Winton, Southland. Brought up in the Manse at Milton. Attended Otago Boys High School. Worked for DSIR Botany Division in Wellington prior to war service. Attended signals School in Egypt, 23rd Battalion in Italy as phone and radio person. Wounded at Monte Cassino and returned home.

Married Joyce Atkinson (whom he knew from Wellington) in London 1951 and they spent some time traveling around Europe. Returned to NZ where Ian worked for DSIR again, this time at Omarama as Soil Conservation Officer. 4 children born there. Moved to Weston for a few years where he grew chrysanthemums commercially. Moved to Kakanui (14kms south of Oamaru) where 2 more children were born. Worked for Farmers, then became propagator at Oamaru Gardens, with a special interest in begonias. Moved to Wanganui in 1972 to help set up Bason Reserve, a new botanical garden specialising in begonias.

Retired approx 1980. Helped complete and write up the McNeur family history, and continued cultivating begonias. He became World famous for developing a strain of fragrant begonias until he gave it up at age 87. Moved in a Rest Home in Wanganui in 2011 and is slowly fading. Joyce, aged 91, is still living at home.
Their children are:
  • Erica Joy: Born at Omarama 12 May 1953. Brought up at Weston and Kakanui, attended Waitaki Girls High. Moved to Dunedin aged 17 yrs to work for Inland Revenue Dept. Moved to Wellington, married Ross Cleland in 1973. They lived on Stewart Island for many years, where Ross worked as a crayfish and paua fisherman. 2 sons born there, Andrew Ross (1978) and James Richard (1980).
    Moved to Christchurch in 1990. Daughter Julia born 1991. Ross started up a rental car company in Christchurch, in which they both still work.
    - Andrew was in the NZ Army, went been on 2 peacekeeping missions to Timor and attended "Spy School" in UK 2006. Now retraining as a school teacher in Christchurch.
    - James, Engineer, now working for Watties in Napier. Married lawyer Nicky Reed April 2008. 2 sons, Toby (born 2010) and Leon (born 2012).
    - Julia is attending Canterbury University.
  • Anne Roberta: Born at Omarama 13 April 1955. Brought up in Weston and Kakanui, attended Waitaki Girls (Proxime accessit to Dux 1969). Studied languages at Otago University, gained a BA (Hons), 1 year at Teachers Training College, taught for 1 year at Ohakune then travelled overseas for a few years. Returned with a French husband, Francis Jacques, butcher, whom she met while working in Corsica. Returned to NZ in 1980, taught at Aranui High School, and is now Head of Dept, languages, at Riccarton College, Christchurch. President of NZ Language Teachers Assn, and has written a couple of Japanese textbooks.
    - Jean-Marc born 1983, completed graphic studies, worked with Francis at the Freezing Works and now in the construction industry.
    - Emilie born 1985. Completed her B.SC and worked in a lab. Married Grant Hobson 2011, 2 children, Aurora (born 2011) and Ava (born 2012).
  • Katherine Mary: Born 02 October 1956 at Omarama. Brought up mostly at Kakanui, attended Waitaki Girls High. Moved to Dunedin 1970 to work for Government Tourist Bureau, and has been a travel agent for over 30 years. Married for 3 years to Rudy Veltman, then lived in Texas for 3 years with Paul McCormack, biochemist from Port Chalmers who was doing his postdoctorate at A+M University. Married Paul in Texas 1984 , returned to Auckland NZ the same year, where Paul was working for Adis Int, a medical journal publisher. Kathy continued working as a travel agent: Now works mornings Dive Fish Snow Travel. In 1996 she started up Glamorgan Kids Club, a before and after school and holiday programme for children at her daughter's primary school. 16 years later, still running it, with 5 staff and up to 50 children each day.
    - Samantha Joanne, born 23 Sept 1989. Legal executive in law firms in Auckland and now Perth, with a year off in Canada and Queenstown between law jobs. Kathy was in contact for 40 years with Fiona Caldwell (nee Ross), from Kilmarnock, Scotland who's mother was a McNeur. They finally met in 2010. Kathy took over the family history from her Father, has discovered new family members, and has updated and revamped the McNeur manuscript.
  • Robert John: Born 14 May 1958 at Omarama. Brought up mostly at Kakanui. Attended Waitaki Boys High. Received Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at Otago University in 1982. Married Elise Taylor 1983 and moved to Christchurch.
    Worked for the Christchurch City Council for 18 years as a computer programmer, then Hewlett Packard. Moved 2006 to Wellington to work on computer project for Ministry of Social Development. Moved back to Christchurch 2008.
    - Maya and Isabelle, born 1996.
  • George Andrew: Born 04 February 1963, Kakanui. Brought up in Kakanui. Moved to Wanganui with parents at the end of Form 3. Joined the NZ Air Force, based at Woodbourne, Wigram for Avionics (electronics) Training, and Ohakea (Bulls), then in 1990 moved down to Wigram (Christchurch) as an Avionics Instructor. Left the AirForce after 15 years and worked at various telecommunications companies, then GM of Home of Poi, and now selling air traffic control systems.
    Married Wanganui girl Heather Rennett in 1984.
    - Drew Allister born 1991
    - Brad Nicholas born 1992
    - Glen Duncan born 1994
  • Dougal James: Born 04 February 1964 (Yes, shares his birthday with George, 1 year apart) at Kakanui. Brought up at Kakanui, moved to Wanganui with parents for last 2 years of school. Studied accounting at Massey University. Traveled overseas for a few years, based in London. Returned to NZ to Palmerston North and has been working as accountant for C-Dax Systems Ltd ever since.

Ian and Joyce McNeur

L-R: George, Erica, Anne, Kathy, Dougal, Rob

2012: L-R: Ross Cleland, Drew, Brad, Heather, + Glen McNeur, Samantha, Paul + Kathy McCormack , Erica Cleland, Emilie + Anne Jacques, Grant (Emilie's husband), Elise, Jean-marc and girlfriend Kat. In front: George,Maya + Isabelle, Dougal, Rob, Francis.
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