In 2013, John Bushnell and his family bought the former Brigidine Convent in Pahiatua and relocated it to Greytown. The convent had been at the heart of the Pahiatua community since 1912 until its relocation. Recently, John and his family opened the doors of their new home to members of the Pahiatua community, including a number of Brigidine nuns, to celebrate the completion of the renovations. This is a short audio record of that day, and the story of a much loved building that has been given a new lease of life.
Thank you to John Bushnell and his family, and all the wonderful people who spoke to me on the day, and a big thank you to Jen Olson, who used her giant music brain to help source music all in a similar key!
Music credits: Kai Engel, Brooks; The Fantastic Mr Fox Soundtrack, Mr Fox’s Promenade; and Chopin, Etude 25 no. 1