Henry Duckworth laughed at the McManaway and King-Turner family reunion in Picton about the time his uncle took him to "Hot Water Point" to cure his sea sickness as a teenager.
More than 100 members of the McManaway and King-Turner families gathered for a big reunion based at the Waitohi Rugby Club rooms over Labour Weekend.
Henry Duckworth, accompanied by wife Denise and one of their four children, Tim Duckworth, was at the reunion to share old memories and make some new ones.
A favourite memory was of when he was 15 and his uncle, Wilfred McManaway, took him and a cousin out fishing.
Mr Duckworth was debilitated with seasickness on the first night, so his uncle told him, "Hang on, we're at Hot Water Point", before disappearing out of the cabin.
His eyes grew wide when his uncle returned with a bucket of hot sea water. "If you're feeling sick, dip your hands in here," his uncle told him. "And it worked," Mr Duckworth said.
It turned out that his uncle had hung the bucket over the back of the boat, and the water was hot from running through the engine.
"We used to have some fun back then."
Mr Duckworth and his wife met at Picton Borough School but were forced to only see each other during the holidays after he went to high school in Christchurch and she went to Nelson.
He planned to go to school in Wellington during World War II, but his mother did not want him to make the crossing after news that an enemy submarine had been seen in Cook Strait.
The Duckworths married in 1950, and have spent a great deal of their lives in Christchurch.
"Earthquakes never worried us - we just sit in our chairs, look at each other and try to guess how strong it was," he said.
His father was Henry "Earn" Earnest, and his mother was Elsie McManaway. They used to own a fish and chip shop in High St, which became the Cosy Lounge, but he does not know what is at the site now.
"We took her younger brother down to the foreshore, and on the way we were stopped by a local who said, ‘It's easy to see that you're brother and sister'. We were 17 or 18 and both had auburn hair. I'm not sure what we said back to him."
- The Marlborough Express