Part one of two from this full length television programme.
Part two of two from this full length television programme.
In the third episode of Johnstone’s Journey, broadcaster Ian Johnstone meets three generations of the Wendelken family. The episode is framed around an interview with matriarch Elsie, 85, then living in Timaru — her daughter Rae and grandson Ivan farm nearby. Son John is a public servant in Wellington; granddaughter Anne is a mother in suburban Wellington. Topics span from world wars, depression, farming and inflation, to shifting values. Says Elsie: “There are two things that have been left completely out of today’s young people: one is obedience, and the other is discipline.”
Although it can only be a part of one a family’s story, most of the things that have happened to the Wendelkens have happened to the rest of us, the other members of the New Zealand family.– Ian Johnstone