Magic move

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - ACROSS THE TASMAN -

Fam­ily ties drew Roma Wyn­yard to Aus­tralia and the ex-Blenheim mum is hap­pily set­tled in her adopted coun­try eight years on. Roma’s eldest daugh­ter Ang and part­ner Lee mi­grated from Blenheim to Perth in 2005 with their then two chil­dren, hav­ing their third child five months later. Roma and her two younger daugh­ters Car­ley and Rhea fol­lowed in 2006.

Set­ting up home in Quinn’s Rocks then Mer­riwa, 36 kilo­me­tres north of Perth, Roma had a short break from work but within a month had a job tele­mar­ket­ing.

Af­ter a short stint there she se­cured a med­i­cal re­cep­tion­ist po­si­tion and did that for three and a half years.A cru­cial dif­fer­ence she no­ticed liv­ing in Perth was be­ing so anony­mous, hav­ing come from a small town where she was well known. ‘‘I did miss hav­ing peo­ple to say hi to, wave to.’’

Ro­mance has changed her life fur­ther and now Syd­ney is her home where she lives with part­ner Nun­zio Randazzo, Syd­ney-born from Ital­ian par­ents.

The cou­ple met via the in­ter­net and are cur­rently ren­o­vat­ing their Syd­ney home to­gether. Nun­zio works in sales, while Roma works as a house­keeper/nanny for a fam­ily she loves.

‘‘I love Aussie, par­tic­u­larly Perth and Syd­ney. The sum­mers in Perth are fan­tas­tic, as long as you have air con­di­tion­ing and live close to the beach.

‘‘Syd­ney, there is so much to see and do. It’s an ex­cit­ing place and it will be our home for a long time.’’

Born in the Bay of Is­lands, Roma moved with her fam­ily to Marl­bor­ough aged 2. Her late fa­ther Alex Wyn­yard was sole teacher at Ma­naroa School in Pelorus Sound.

In 1970 the Wyn­yard’s moved to How­ick Rd, Alex start­ing a teach­ing job at Whit­ney St School where he stayed for more than 20 years, while He­len taught at Red­wood­town Kinder­garten, hav­ing started that job while liv­ing at Kaituna.

Whilst at How­ick Rd Alex and He­len had two more chil­dren, Waina and Marama, whom both re­side in Syd­ney also.

He­len went on to make a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion in the Marl­bor­ough com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly in Maori ed­u­ca­tion.

She taught ka­pa­haka at St Pat’s Hall and var­i­ous schools dur­ing the 1970s in a vol­un­tary role with Lou Stafford, and was heav­ily in­volved in var­i­ous com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

She taught Maori at Marl­bor­ough boys’ and girls’ col­leges and was in­stru­men­tal in get­ting a new ko­hanga reo up and run­ning in Tay­lor Pass Rd in 2000.

He­len and Alex were also heav­ily in­volved with the Wairau Pa Marae.

Both Alex and He­len made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to Marl­bor­ough Ath­let­ics, He­len serv­ing in sev­eral of­fi­cial ca­pac­i­ties and Alex help­ing out as a mar­shall. He­len passed away in 2004, Alex two years later.

Roma left school in 1982 and then the next year be­came a mother for the first time.

A few weeks later she was off to work, do­ing var­i­ous jobs from cus­tomer ser­vice, child care and aged care.

She has very fond mem­o­ries of grow­ing up and liv­ing in Blenheim, where she en­joyed many ad­ven­tures with fam­ily and friends based at their How­ick Rd home.

‘‘Play­ing with the neigh­bour­hood kids un­til dark and com­ing home for tea. Feel­ing safe play­ing with your friends and sport.

‘‘Played lots of sport and trav­el­ling with teams. Mum and dad driv­ing our Ford Fal­con be­hind the team bus.

‘‘Hav­ing aun­ties to stay with who weren’t blood rel­a­tives like Aun­ties Lou Stafford, Biddy Mac­Don­ald, Darkie Roberts, all de­ceased now. I felt like we were all one big fam­ily.’’

Mov­ing to Perth and leav­ing the se­cu­rity of her home town with her chil­dren was a big punt for Roma in 2006, but it was a cal­cu­lated move and as it turned out, a good one.

‘‘Life is good. I’m pretty happy.’’

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