Hello, my name is Ann Cantillon-Rice. Originally from Bedford, in England, I immigrated to New Zealand with my first husband more than 40 years ago and settled in Whanganui where my husband taught at the former St Augustine’s College. Unfortunately, he died at the young age of 61.
I am a teacher and a musician. I attended London University in my late teens where I studied French and Latin. When I arrived in Whanganui, I taught French and music at Sacred Heart College, and Latin and music at Nga Tawa College in Marton. This was in addition to raising my four children. What a busy life!
Three years after my husband died, I met and married Owen Cantillon-Rice, a former draughting officer and teacher. When we retired, Owen taught engineering skills to inmates at Kaitoke Prison.
When we were in our eighties, we wanted to move from our large Whanganui house and into a safe and friendly community. We made a visit to Jane Winstone to enquire about purchasing a townhouse and we haven’t looked back!
I like our townhouse very much and I also like the fact that there’s always plenty to do.
I am an avid piano player, and often play recitals on the grand piano here. I also accompany the Jane Winstone Choir. I love being able to contribute to our community and I very much enjoy living here at Jane Winstone.