Leanne Hills interviews her grandmother, Enid Hills, the first female student at Massey.
Growing up, we grandkids gleaned bits of my grandmother's story over weekend visits and summer holidays at Foxton beach. She told us of the lagoons and the black makatea [fossilised coral] of the Pacific island of Mangaia, where her father, Fredrick Christian, an Oxford-educated explorer and linguist, was the schoolmaster at the native school. We tried to picture grandma running barefoot with the local children, speaking their language, scrambling up trees.
The gender imbalance also helped make rugby a major part of the college calendar. Football matches against Lincoln were always a bit of a bloodbath, she says with a hint of amusement.
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