Adrian Douglas: Kia ora Rotorua, hello Mum, Dad, Herbie, Adelaide and family, also Betty, Marie and all our friends. Last I heard of Wallace and Frankie they were both well and should be out here shortly. I’ve seen Hako, Peter and Sam Hodge and most of the boys, but missed Turi and Basil. Pat Farron and Trevor Griffiths are out here and OK. I’ve received most of your letters Mum about Nino. Boy and I are both well. Arohanui Adrian.
Arch Curry: And again to Rotorua from Boy Mason
Boy Mason: Kia ora Rotorua, ka nui te wera hoki o tēnei kainga.
Hello Father, Jo, Molly, Pita, Bob and family. Hope you are all well. I’ve met Hako and Turi out here in the Middle East, but missed Basil. Adrian and I are both well and are looking forward to some more mail. Have received most of your mail Jo. Cheerio for now, arohanui Boy.
Arch Curry: And last in this group of greetings form New Zealanders in the Middle East is from Hawea Tomoana of Hastings.
Hawea Tomoana: Tēnā ra koutou. Hi there Hastings, Waipatu and Wairua. This is Hawea speaking. Hello Mum and Pop and everyone at home. Have received your letters and glad to know the Halifax parcel arrived. I’m in the pink though a little sunburnt. Boy is well too. How’s things on the grandchildren front. I wish I could be home for the housewarming. Have not forgotten what home looks like. Cheerio folks. Chins up.
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