A final haka for Ben

Above the photo chain made by Chris Strange for Ben’s 24th birthday cake. Today we have been looking at video and stills of Ben’s funeral and making plans to edit and preserve it. Plans to put it online will be complete in a couple of weeks. Below the haka as Ben’s casket is about to leave Ngaruawahia High School on Monday the 26th of October 2009.


Just after 11 o’clock on Saturday the 5th of October 1985 this table cloth was used for the centennial cake cutting celebrating 100 years of education in Whitehall, Karapiro and Taotaoroa districts. In September 2010 the same cloth – with updated embroidery – will serve a similar purpose at the Karapiro, Whitehall, Taotaoroa and Karapiro Hydro Schools 125th Jubilee. For more information please visit the website.

Ephemeral whimsy in willow at Wisley

From what I can see from his list, Rangitikei artist Steuart Welch from Cannock Forge is bringing to us pieces from both ends of the spectrum – big bold statement pieces which require a truck to move and some which represent the whimsical aspect of his nature. We are really looking forward to seeing the effect of placing such strong pieces in our garden and learning first hand how to tread that line between enhancing a vision and dominating it. The works will remain in place throughout our Rhododendron Festival until the second week of November.

Leamington NZ service providers & retailers

Brian & Caroline Tidey – Sheridan Dairy,
Reema & Shaleen Singh – Leamington Maxi Market,
Sam, Ewan, Trevor, Luke, Sue & Jenny with Payton-Lee in the front – Cambridge Home Kills,
Scott – Scott’s Café,
Ken – Leamington Pharmacy,
Tash & Peet van Dijk – Cambridge Body Art,
Kevin Cattley – Leamington Cycles & Mowers,
Maxine & Cherie – Maxine’s Collectibles,
Leanne – Leamington Barber Shop,
Sam & Narelle – Leamington Pet Vet,
Margaret Hampson-Tindale & Betty Hines – Jumble Around,
Max Russell – BP 2go Leamington,
Nicki & Jill – Cambridge Community House,
Donna Goodman – Warm Floors Gas & Heat Centre,
Karen Rouse – Class Act Hair Design,
Helen, Karen and Alison – Leamington Path Lab,
James Hemi – Leamington Physiotherapy,
Carol – Hamilton Radiology,
Vania – Shakespeare Closet,
Roger, Shani, Dagsha, Paula and Adele – Shakespeare Street Four Square,
Karl, Steven, John and Keith – Leamington Motor Services,
Dr Ian Gilbertson, Dr Rama Somas, Nurse Janet, Receptionist Kristel, Nurse Jane and Receptionist Sue – Leamington Medical Centre,
Gagan & Jay – Shakespeare Liquor,
Laura Mead student, Yvonne Randle, Dawn Wirihana, Roka Kirkland and Vicky Kay – Community Health staff members,
Roy. Craig and Rod – Rosswood,
Ian – Shakespeare’s Gourmet Pizzas,
Ron & Rosemary Cook – Cambridge Osteopathic Clinic.

Shoof Cambridge NZ at World Dairy Expo

Today the company sells a wide variety of products — the kind of things you need when raising calves. One such is the Speedy Feeder, a plastic milk bottle which allows the young calf to suck milk at three different speeds. (Is there one for human babies? Geoff didn’t know but thought there should be.)
Although Shoof International spends a good amount of money to exhibit in Madison, the couple feel it’s worth it. “We sell through distributors,” Geoff says. “We come to Dairy Expo to provide support to dealers who handle our products and answer questions.”
It the trip worth the time and money (a one way ticket home costs $2,000)?
“We think so, or we wouldn’t come,” Geoff says. “Besides, we have been to cattle shows in England and Ireland and will go home after Dairy Expo.”