A country nurse who captured her small rural community on camera is taking her works to Maniototo.
Photographer and retired district nurse Sara McIntyre will host a talk about her book Observations of a Rural Nurse, when she visits Waipiata at the end of the month.
McIntyre, the daughter of Peter McIntyre, a celebrated war artist, of Dunedin, used her own photographs for the book, which had previously formed a touring exhibition.
They include scenes of budding young cowboys, weathered buildings and local identities, which she captured during her many years working as a district nurse.
McIntyre has a love of both Maniototo and King Country, where her home of Kakahi is nestled.
Although the two areas are hundreds of kilometres apart, they had much in common, she said.
‘‘Both have a magnificent river, which is the mauri or lifeforce of the district, with moody mist rolling in and out.’’
They also have distinct seasons, including hard winters, which often bring snow, and ‘‘intensely’’ hot summers.
McIntyre said living in a small community provided an ‘‘acceptance, a tolerance’’.
‘‘You can enjoy your solitude, but there’s an entire community who are never intrusive, but always there.
‘‘The general store is the place of conversations — from dahlias to roaming pigs and horses, water supply, eggs and, of course, the weather.’’
Jennifer Balle, who is among those working to restore the town’s library, said there was plenty of reason to be thankful to local communities, particularly since the outbreak of Covid-19.
She hoped people from the surrounding area would attend the book talk and in return help to give back to the community.
Proceeds from the talk, taking place at the Waipiata War Memorial Hall at 2pm on November 22, will go towards refurbishment of the Waipiata Community Library.
As part of the project, Resene will supply paint under its community support programme.