Project Description

On a glorious Thursday morning in May, I met John McCrudden, John Bacon, Theo Cody and our support workers, Peter, Kazu, Renee and Wendy at the Upper Hutt station. We hopped on the Wairarapa train bound for Masterton. We were met on the train by Sue Stevenson, Walter Bunker, Lisa Kiernan, Allyson Moore, John Royle and Melony, another of my support workers, who had got on at Waterloo station. After a lovely train ride and a short walk from Masterton station we went to Queen Elizabeth Park, where we played mini golf. Sue got a hole in one, which won us a couple of free games for next time we go.

After mini golf we walked around the park and over the swing bridge to the deer park. We all decided to have fish n chips for lunch, so after many orders we got to all sit down and have our lunch in the beautiful surroundings of Queen Elizabeth Park. With lunch done, we then left the park and headed down “Bruce Street” where we happened upon the Aratoi Museum. It had an exhibition on about Featherston Camp and how it was used during the World Wars from 1916 onwards. We had a good look around the museum. It was very interesting and Walter especially enjoyed this as he is particularly interested in the World Wars.

After a short walk around Masterton we headed back to the station for the journey home. We had a lovely day, did lovely things in beautiful surroundings and spent time with lovely people.

I would like to go again in the near future and would really like to go to the Woolshed Museum again and see the sheep being shorn, as we had done on a previous trip to Masterton. A big thank you to everyone who helped make this a special day for me.


Bruce Saunders