Joan and Gerry
Homes in Wellington Region
Their first home was in Brougham Street near Wellington city centre. Next, for about 7 years, was a house they built at Kopara Grove in Stokes Valley, the north-eastern suburb of Lower Hutt. Then for a short time further north in Upper Hutt.
In about 1982, while their children were still living with them, they moved to Tangimoana, at the mouth of the Rangitikei River in the Manawatu District, owning and running a store and restaurant. Gerry said running such a business can be very hard work but less hard if you're smart. They were fortunate in having Joan's parents living in the same township for some years.
Bridget married and moved to Karori, in Wellington, and Arend obtained work in various parts of Wellington or Manawatu-Wanganui.
Their retirement home, from about 1996, was in the north-east corner of Levin, chief town of the Horowhenua District further south. They took great delight in getting to know Bridget's daughters and Arend's first child. Christmas gatherings saw the modest-sized house fairly full of happy people. When Joan was in her final illness, she was shown a photo of the newborn grandson.
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|Offspring of Arend Renting and Annabel Jane Patterson (living)|