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THE WELLINGTONIAN, JANUARY 26, 2012
Use a bit less, make a big difference
Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Porirua and Wellington
Water levels are currently average in our rivers
and aquifer. However, this summer we're
running on half our usual water storage while
we upgrade our lakes. This will affect everyone
if levels drop, so follow your local watering
restrictions and use water with care.
More info at gw.govt.nz/water
VS MELBOURNE HEART
SUNDAY JAN 29th
BE THERE FOR
By CHRISTOPHER MOOR
On air: Doreen Kelso, right, conducts an interview in the 2ZB studio.
Forty years ago, the seemingly unflappable
Doreen ruled Wellington airwaves on week-
day afternoons with her listener-friendly
Person to Person talkback show over radio
She worked at the station for 32 years,
and long after her retirement former
listeners would enjoy recognising her
cheery voice when they heard it.
Few realised she was Mrs Bill Kelso,
lived in Seatoun, and loved gardening. They
knew her only as Doreen, which was as she
wanted -- it gave her some privacy in a life
that was otherwise very public.
Doreen, who died eight years ago, always
said her programme was the listeners, not
She quickly overcame her fear of inter-
viewing by putting herself in their place
and asking the questions she knew they
would be interested in.
Everything she said after she introduced
her guests was spontaneous. Questions
were not agreed beforehand.
Her Women's Hour programme was refor-
matted as Person to Person in October 1965,
with Doreen introducing talkback radio to
the capital. In the programme's first year
she took about 10,000 calls.
She said one of the great things about the
show was people helping each other.
If I don't know the answer I just say so,
but always add, I'm sure somebody else
will be able to help you'.''
Doreen said the talkback she ran from
1965 to 1975 was when she was at her
I've always maintained that I haven't
got any brains but I've got 99 per cent com-
mon sense and if you use that you can get
around the tricky situations.''
She used that common sense when inter-
viewing The Beatles at the Hotel St George
during their 1964 visit.
Ringo Starr told her beforehand that he
wouldn't mind answering questions on his
own -- when The Beatles were together they
couldn't help themselves and always acted
So, Doreen changed her mind about
interviewing them together and spoke to
When she saw them interviewed on tele-
vision as a group, the scene was something
of a riot, and she was glad she had followed
Doreen was actually an Australian, born
in Mildura on May 17, 1919.
She got into radio because her father had
lined up a job for her at 3MA, Mildura.
She travelled to Wellington in 1948 to be
a bridesmaid at a wedding, and stayed. Her
return journey was delayed, which led to
her being taken on a tour of 2ZB.
Her unaffected voice appealed to the sta-
tion management, who asked her to
deputise for a female announcer on leave.
If Doreen had any regrets about her
career, it was not interviewing Aunt Daisy.
Aunt Daisy's promise of one day'' never
came to be.
She gave me a whole carton of wool one
time, to knit up for my nephews and hus-
band, and I did.
I took the garments to show her and
then she advertised the wool quite happily.''
Doreen Kelso died on December 1, 2003,
with her husband of more than 50 years
predeceasing her in 2002.
Wgtn to get water meters?
By REBECCA THOMSON
Water meters could become mandatory
for commercial users if a proposed
Wellington City Council bylaw is
Under the proposed Water Supply
Bylaw 2012, the council could force
commercial operations to install water
meters and to pay for water
The council's water spokeswoman,
Ngaire Best, said meters for domestic
use would not be introduced and the
bylaw could save ratepayers money.
I want to make it clear that we have
no intention of introducing domestic
universal meters,'' said Ms Best.
What we do want to do, however, is
give our staff the tools to deal with
flagrant water wasters.''
However, the Draft Water Supply
Bylaw 2012 document states that the
council reserves the right in special cir-
cumstances'' to install an approved
water meter or install a flow restrictor''
in residential premises.
Ms Best said installing a water meter
and charging for water use would be a
We believe conservation is the best
option, particularly in the current econ-
omic climate, as it allows us to defer the
cost of building a new bulk storage
If the bylaw was passed, the council
would also be able to enforce water
restrictions and address unchecked
leaks on private property.
Wellingtonians have until Friday,
March 9 to make a submission to the
in joining a
If you enjoy the outdoors
and want to explore the
hills and mountains around
Wellington and further afar,
then come along to the
Tararua Tramping Club New
Tuesday 31st January at
7.30pm 4 Moncrieff St
(off Elizabeth St in Mt Vic).
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