Cambridge Post Office past employees

Gathered today at Leamington Bowls, Leamington Domain.

If you would like to view the photos pop into Hot Shots To Go in Cambridge. Otherwise ring or email me and we’ll sort something out. But not before Tuesday. I have a rotten head cold.

Back row: Rena Pedersen, Jill Hazelden, Raelene Kilpatrick, Jeannie Stewart, Gael Wright (O’Shea), Allison Weggery, Polly Robson, Glenys Dodd, Jenny Thompson (Stites), Dawn Bourke, Maureen Cliff.

Middle row: Kathy Rugers (Zuiderwick), Donna W_______, Shelly Varnham, Angela Gies, Chris Waea (Barr), Elizabeth Parsons (Hamblyn), Glena Numa, Mike Short, Sandra Bromwich (Reid), Raewyn Rowe (Hulse), Faye Post (Pentelow), Angela George (Boyd), Robyn Searle, Juliane O’Sullivan, Mark Johnson.

Back row: Dave King, Joy King, John Marshall. Betty Busst, John Erasmusson, Ray Moncur, Rene Scott, Paddy O’Sullivan, Terry Hamilton, Sandra Walters, Tom Bourke.

Count me in as well. I worked as a Postie out of Cambridge Post Office for a short period in the mid 1970s.

Search box error

One of those things. I am showing off the marvel that is a dynamic website and am confronted with a search box problem. Multiple renditions of the same post are being returned with some search queries. I have done a little testing and it seems to happen when there are more than twenty or so instances of a particular search item. As usual I wonder if it is something I have overlooked. In my defence I had not noticed it before installing WP2.6 but then again I use the search function infrequently. It does not appear to be occurring with tag or category searches using the tag cloud or the place and month drop downs. Mmm. I am not receiving any error messages database or otherwise – so it remains one of those little WordPress mysteries for the time being.

Update 15/10/2008 Note to self. The above is redundant with the move from (self hosting) to Well in a sense. It is still possible, I am sure, to create multiple entries of the same post. I have to admit it was me that caused the problem. Something to do with the auto save function when used repeatedly in editing a post. I think the record was 9 copies of one entry.

Wassup! Te Reo

I wrote this five or six weeks ago (last edited 25 June) and have been waiting for a suitable image to accompany it. I had wanted to photograph the badges but everyone I spoke to around here has returned theirs to Wellington.

Why is such a beautiful name, Manurewa, mispronounced by so many on radio and teevee. OK, I am far from perfect but I do try to get it right most of the time. Pronunciation that is. My pc or university pronunciation, of te reo, is remarkably different from the Anglicised versions with which I grew up and painfully different still, at times, from the joyful music of ‘native tongue’ speaking friends (who I must add speak perfect New Zealand English). Continue reading

Bay of Plenty Mens Choir

Bussing in from the BOP The Bay of Plenty Mens Choir sings with conviction and skill to an appreciative audience at Raleigh Street Christian Centre, Leamington, this afternoon, Sunday the 20th of July 2008.

Above: Choir members Ivan Hewlett, George Pardy, Jim McBride and David Cantwell as The Harmony Four sang two items. Today is″>National Bible Sunday (non permalink).

Media matters

Sunday morning. Mass at Randwick Raceway. Obama in Afghanistan and here (great photos). A White House oops, On autism, Much better.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., signs memorabilia for service members at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Friday, July 18, during a Congressional Delegation visit.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., signs memorabilia for service members at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Friday, July 18, during a Congressional Delegation visit.

(Justification: I may not have thought this through properly. The image above is ‘pulled’ (linked) from the HuffPo article above. The photo is supplied by the US Army. I am assuming the image is free for use, but I may have gone about this in the wrong way (The caption is HuffPo‘s – I think – so this may be an infringement of copyright). I have more to add to this post and will do more research as infringing copyright for me is an absolute no no).

References: Media Matters, The Atlantic Blogs, Spark 08, US Army Images, The Huffington Post, Humans, Time Magazine, (A reading list not just links to stuff in this post).

Updated: 17:07 20/7/2008

Update 15/10/2008 The Sky News link is incomplete taking you to their current front page.

The Bush Cinderella revisited

The Film Archive has been in touch sending through this lovely promotional material. Not sure that you will be able to read the poster. The salient facts are The Bush Cinderella at 2PM tomorrow afternoon Saturday the 19th of July at The Plaza, Kensington Street, Putaruru.

The Telephone number there is 07 883 8596. Enjoy.

Also Big Moments Sunday 20 July 2008, 12:30PM Victoria Cinema, Hamilton.

If you want to be on The Film Archive mailing list go here.


About now Jasmine is being conferred with her PhD at ANU in Canberra.

JJ at Tikorangi, north Taranaki. 3rd of September 1998.

Jasmine attended Urenui Primary School, Manukorihi Intermediate, Sacred Heart Girls’ College New Plymouth, New Plymouth Girls’ High School, University of Canterbury and Massey University before moving to The Australian National University. Jasmine is currently at the School of Chemistry University of Wollongong.

There are also photos of Jasmine here and here. (Links don’t work at the mo.)

The Bush Cinderella

For those wanting to go to The Pictures on Saturday The Plaza is, apparently, in Putaruru. The screening is at 2PM Saturday the 19th of July 2008.

Caption: Yes, this moving picture screening is both in the common era and our corner of the Known Universe – just down the road a way in the fine South Waikato town of Putaruru.
Not actually sure if it is this lot. More than likely it is these folk. But I cannot find an online reference to the showing here. Or for that matter here. Ah! The Plaza has a website oh! but no screening info.

Update: I have found it (sorry I do not think it is a permalink). I think I have heard of this site before. Thanks Google.

Browser stats.

I assume these stats. are somewhat skewed in favour of Firefox (visitors to non mainstream websites and blogs are more likely to experiment with software?). The percentages are interesting all the same. Interesting, also, that IE8 is not showing up here yet – too small a sample. As noted elsewhere IE seems to have issues with the gallery I use and with the Lightbox function. Safari seems about right though Firefox is used on the Macs I am familiar with.

Kerbside advertising

Redrawn electoral boundaries mean, for the first time in my life, I live in a truly contestable electorate. Great. The 2008 electorate profiles are published on the Parliament website. You can download and view the PDFs that map the Taupo Electorate here. This map on the Elections New Zealand site is also useful. And the Electoral Commissions reasoning for the boundaries? I am sure I saw that somewhere. Perhaps someone can help me locate it.

Edited: 22:00 17/7/2008

Bouncy castles

I use Win2000, XP and Vista daily. When I do use Leopard it is for – shock horror – gmail and I’m using Firefox anyway. My favourite OS is XP. I know where everything is, it is simple and familiar and I can use all sorts of open source stuff. Win2000 is a necessity as the Frontier 370 sits on it as does Sophie, our printer kiosk, and the DI. Vista is necessary as its native disk burning setup lends itself to ‘misunderstandings’ when sharing between machines – something we do a lot of around here. I have been known to refer to Vista and Leopard, both, as bouncy castle operating systems – I’m never quite sure where I’m going to end up when I jump in. So who is this advertising aimed at? This tends to confirm my worst fears.

Photograph: Ad. Sunday Times Magazine July 13, 2008.

Edited: 13:00 14/7/2008

Racing pigeons

Racing Pigeons

I always imagine them to be racing pigeons doing their daily exercise. Their circuit passes us on Ocean Beach Road, Mount Maunganui. Between Omanu and Arataki. There may be 15 or 20 of them perhaps a few more. If I try and work out their lap times, invariably, they split up or alter their flight path. I don’t really have patience for it but did manage to set this up. So nine in a reasonably framed shot. OK. Not bad but I can do better. (I have been on about getting this image for about four years now I think).

Edited: 13:39 14/7/2008


There were people everywhere. Dining outside on Ocean Beach Road down by the Mount. And heaps walking around or to the summit of Mauao – Mount Maunganui. More it seems, on a cool winter’s day, than in the height of summer. We concluded there were ‘lots’ on the mountain – a finely realised ‘statistic’ plucked randomly from the air and chucked about until we convinced ourselves of it’s veracity.

There is some resistance to this photo – I love it – another taken at the same time was preferred but I’m the editor and I win. Mother and Son – Marde and Oliver. The boys had walked to the summit and we around the lower track.

Edited: 23:12 14/7/2008

Gin Rummy

Peter sighting his hand. A tradition of many years standing, Gin Rummy at the beach. In the countdown to the All Black Springbok match (No Sky). Peter recovered fully from the rugby loss to cook a wonderful meal of salmon, roast potatoes and whole green beans last night (Sunday) complimenting Phoebe’s Saturday evening roast. Yum.

Edited: 22:50 14/7/2008

William Francis Buckland

In an opinion piece in this week’s Cambridge Edition Cambridge Chamber of Commerce invokes the legacy of two gentlemen who played formative roles in the establishment of our town. Our first New Zealand born mayor William Francis Buckland. You can study up on Mayor Buckland’s contribution to our town during his two terms as Cambridge mayor, at the beginning of the 20th Century, on the Cambridge Museum website. And of prime importance surveyor Charles Heaphy‘s (Bio) design for the town which gives enjoyment to residents and visitors to this day. Reflecting on the work of these two men among others, it is suggested, gives sustenance to those planning for the future. I agree.

Edited: 09:33 12/7/2008

Commemorative t-shirt

Archbishop of Cambrai, Archbishop François Garnier presents Reverend Andrew Hedge, Vicar of St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cambridge a t-shirt listing the names of 93 New Zealand soldiers who died during the liberation of Le Quesnoy in November 1918.

T-Shirt detail.

Edited: 09:41 12/7/2008

Many attending from the Archdiocese of Cambrai, the Diocese of Lille and the Diocese of Arras wore the t-shirt during the service at St Andrew’s and indeed earlier to mass at St Peter’s. T-shirts were presented to Father Bennett, Mayor Livingston, Deputy Mayor Lee and others.

Edited: 12:36 12/7/2008

Rev Andrew Hedge address

The address to Youth Peace Day pilgrims given by The Rev Andrew Hedge Vicar of St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cambridge, New Zealand today, Friday the 11th of July 2008.

A story is told of a New Zealander who once went on a pilgrimage to France, to visit the historic battlefields where our grandfathers and great grandfathers had fought. He was not alone in the pilgrimage as he was traveling with others in a group, as so often happens in pilgrimages. A part of the pilgrimage took them to a small village in France, to Le Quesnoy, and for this New Zealander, as well as countless other New Zealanders, to a particular part of Le Quesnoy. They gathered on the spot where the New Zealand soldiers, led by Lt Leslie Averill had scaled the walls of the town in the liberation of the villagers from the occupying troops. Continue reading

St Peter’s Church Cambridge

French and North American pilgrims along with local parishioners celebrate communion, this morning, Friday the 11th of July 2008, at St Peter’s Church, Anzac Street, Cambridge. The travellers continue, this weekend, to take part in World Youth Day in Sydney from Tuesday 15 to Sunday 20 July 2008 in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI. The New Zealand World Youth Day website is here.

Welcoming cleanup

Motty has been working about the Cambridge CBD for the past few weeks. His enthusiasm for his job, keeping central Cambridge spick and span, is obvious. When I had a chat this morning about publishing his photo he gave me a couple of quotes which sums up his attitude rather well I feel. And really you can’t go past that winning smile.

Keep it clean keep it green

Don’t be shy to say hi

Above: Motty photographed on Tuesday the 24th of June 2008 in Victoria Street, Cambridge.

Edited: 15:41 14/7/2008

Friday in Cambridge

The following posts are the result of a fascinating few hours, today, which resulted from a perfectly innocent enquiry of Monsignor David Bennett at St Peter’s first thing this morning. ‘When is the mass for the World Youth Day pilgrims being held?’ As I am recording happenings in and about Cambridge with some enthusiasm at the moment (not quite sure how long it will last) this seemed a great photo op. As you see it became something just a little more. Thanks especially to Father Bennett and Rev. Andrew Hedge from St Andrew’s and to everyone else who lent me a hand. There were plenty of cameras and the press was present. This is my take. Any omissions and inaccuracies are mine.

BTW I am listening to the Robert Plant Alison Krauss Raising Sand CD as I put these these posts together; perfect for the job. Oh, but first – Motty.

What is Cambridge township?

I find the branding of Waipa problematical as it subverts the identity of our town. More so when that branding appropriates iconography clearly identifiable as Cambridge. Our Chamber of Commerce refers to Cambridge as a township. My current favourite is little big town which came, I think, from the visitor people. Confusion reigns.

Whether we like it or not Cambridge and Leamington combined, coupled with the escapees beyond the greenbelt, is fast approaching what in an earlier era would have been classed a city. We have a lovemark, the word Cambridge. All by itself.

Planning for the future in light of history, contemporary example, current sensitivities to climate, sustainability, transportation costs, even the advice of ‘experts’ etc etc is all good. But if we lose sight of what we are in a confusion of bureaucratic flagwaving and tourism speak we do ourselves a disservice.

State Highway One Hamilton Road Pukeroro at Racecourse and Hooker Roads on the border of two regional authorities Waikato and Waipa Districts at 8:11AM this Thursday the 10th of July 2008.

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The No 8 wire attitude

This does get on Dad’s wick, and mine. The number of folk who insist on inverting the meaning of the phrase a No 8 wire solution. Just in the past couple of weeks, in a letter to the editor of The Herald, a couple of learned blokes from somewhere down the line opined that we need to lose our No 8 Wire Attitude, confusing it I am sure, with another Kiwi favourite ‘She’ll Be Right‘.

To us the term means innovation and creativity. Finding a practical solution for an immediate need. Utilising scarce resources with lateral thinking. Above all it is about delivering a solution that works.

No 8 the soft, low tensile wire used for fencing New Zealand was still ubiquitous as I grew up. It took me a week to find this. As it happens it was under my nose just a few hundred metres from here. A No 8 wire solution of beautiful, minimalist simplicity.