Cambridge New Zealand – BNZ – Chiefs supporters

BNZ crew

Jackie Hicks,  Jude Macale, Kellie Dromgool,  Gary Pevreal (top), Chris Nel (bottom), Louise Baldock-Mauriri and Denise Clarke – BNZ Partners in Cambridge -the Business & Agirbusiness department of the BNZ. Each BNZ Bank region supports their respective teams by wearing the jerseys on Fridays.

The Official Chiefs Website.

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Cambridge Autumn Festival 2010 – Nairobi Trio

The Nairobi Trio perform before an enthusiastic audience at St Andrews Parish Hall, Cambridge, New Zealand this evening, Thursday, the 29th of April 2010. Masterful and thoroughly entertaining. Very deliberately shot from a static POV (Canon G10) to soak up the atmosphere and the music of course. BTW the odd flashes of light in the windows left and right is traffic passing by on SH1, Hamilton Road – just beyond the hall. Very lo-fi but you get the picture. [06:38]

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Cambridge Autumn Festival 2010 – St Andrews Anglican Church

Lighting the paper lanterns at St Andrews

Andrew McCathie lights paper lanterns on the turning circle in front of St Andrews Parish Centre, Hamilton Road, Cambridge, New Zealand this evening, Wednesday, the 28th of April 2010. The lanterns have become something of a tradition for cultural events held at the church.

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Cambridge Autumn Festival 2010 – Winter 2010 Fashion & Design ctd.

A short video of folk waiting to attend the Winter 2010 Fashion & Design show at Cambridge Town Hall this evening, Wednesday, the 28th of April 2010. Click on the play button (1.05). (Note: The slide show doesn’t seem to like Chrome 5.0 beta (my browser of choice) but should run OK in the others). Update: Yep! runs in Safari, Firefox and EI 8.0 – Chrome 5.x is a work in progress methinks.

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Karapiro Crew – what is the population of Cambridge?

Te Ihingarangi

Local knowledge is good.

C. W. Vennell Such Things Were The Story of Cambridge, N.Z. (Cambridge) 1939.
Eric Beer and Alwyn Gascoigne Plough of the Pakeha (Cambridge Historical Society) 1975.
Te Kaapo Clark and Lyn Tairi Te Ihingarangi History of the Karapiro-Maungatautari Area (ECNZ) 1992.

Te Ihingarangi, Cambridge Museum, Cambridge iSite, Waipa District Council, Environment Waikato, Statistics New Zealand.

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Cambridge Autumn Festival 2010 – Bash

Sarah Knox | Bash - medea redux

Sarah Knox in medea redux

Michael Switzer | Bash - iphigenia in orem

Michael Switzer in iphigenia in orem

Zoe Vaile & Taylor Hall | Bash - a gaggle of saints

Zoe Vaile & Taylor Hall in a gaggle of saints

Hamilton Performing Arts Trust‘s production of Neil Labute‘s 1999 play Bash – Latter Day Plays continues its Cambridge Autumn Festival 2010 season next Wednesday the 28th, Thursday the 29th & Friday the 30th of April at 8PM at Gaslight Theatre, Alpha Street, Cambridge.

(DAY GALLERY 24/4/2010)

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Cambridge Autumn Festival 2010 – Trifecta

Trifecta at Gaslight Theatre Cambridge

Maungatautari Thespian Ensemble’s – Trifecta – Sarah Bettle, Andy Kaye and Kimmy Muncaster celebrate their improv skills with an hour of comedy skits this evening, Friday, the 23rd of April 2010 at Gaslight Theatre, Cambridge, New Zealand – in an entrée performance for the Cambridge Autumn Festival 2010. I particularly enjoyed this, the reverse interrogation, much silliness and quick thinking drawn from audience suggestions. Trifecta play tomorrow night, Saturday, the 24th at 6pm – and then during the festival proper – next Wednesday the 28th,  Thursday the 29th and Friday the 30th of April – also at 6pm. Check out the festival website.

The Maungatautari Thespian Ensemble (MTE)

(DAY GALLERY 23/4/2010)

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Cambridge Autumn Festival 2010

Judith Robinson patron of Cambridge Repertory

Although Cambridge Autumn Festival 2010 proper begins next Wednesday, the 28th of April, Cambridge Repertory’s Gaslight Theatre season of performances of Trifecta (6PM) and Bash (8PM) kicks off tonight. Much as I dislike predicting what will be published here my intention is to cover as much of the festival as is practicable.

Judith Robinson Cambridge Repertory’s patron at Gaslight Theatre this afternoon, Friday, the 23rd of April 2010.

(DAY GALLERY 23/4/2010)

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Google stats. – yeah well!!

Idle curiosity, on my part, as michaeljeans.co.nz lurches toward 50,000 page views in 19 months. Here are the page rankings (Google) of selected Cambridge NZ related and / or based websites (a stab in the dark guestimation – there are somewhere between 500 – 1,000 ‘Cambridge NZ’ websites – probably closer to the lower number).

  • ew.govt.nz | Google PR 6 | Google index 7210 | Age 11/5/2000
  • waipadc.govt.nz | Google PR 5 | Google index 2110 | Age 1/3/2000
  • cambridge.co.nz | Google PR 5 | Google index 180 | Age 6/12/1998
  • stpeters.school.nz | Google PR 5 | Google index 243 | Age 28/11/2000
  • quoteunquotenz.blogspot.com | Google PR 5 | Google index 269 | Age n/a (at least 10 I think)
  • cambridgemuseum.org.nz | Google PR 4 | Google index 349 | Age 12/12/2002
  • shoof.co.nz | Google PR 4 | Google index 157 | Age 20/5/2000
  • michaeljeans.co.nz | Google PR 2 | Google index 839 | Age 30/8/2000
  • accommodationcambridge.co.nz | Google PR 2 | Google index 109 | Age n/a (3 – 4 I think?)
  • yourcambridgenews.com | Google PR 2 | Google Index 7 | Age n/a (< 2)
  • quemagazine.co.nz | Google PR 2 | Google Index 8 | Age n/a (< 1)
  • cambridgerealestate.net.nz | Google PR 1 | Google index 283 | Age 28/2/1989

Tracking Google stats., for a variety of reasons, is both frustrating and, well, more frustrating – I’ve been following Cambridge’s internet profile for some time – but what it really, really means I truly have few ideas.

That Environment Waikato‘s site is the most SOE friendly is of no surprise. No surprise, also, for one of the lowest ranking; Your Cambridge News which is almost completely PDF based and essentially invisible to Google. Que‘s site while most probably well engineered does not feature enough unique material to rank. But then I can’t explain Cambridge Real Estate at all as Google Alerts delivers listings almost daily, from this site, depending upon the configuration used.

Looks like WordPress.COM does SOE better than Google’s own Blogspot platform as Stephen’s blog has a much higher profile than mine.

Cambridge Museum publishes its visitor figures; the most recent being for March 2010 (3491 visitors with 41,226 page views) – michaeljeans.co.nz for the same period (1500 and 2500) – so no comparison really. But, and this is the bit I fail to grasp fully, in this admittedly biased and skewed ‘sample’ I come in 3rd in terms of page indexing – though it is page indexing I am looking for.

My mission (obsession?) to put Cambridge NZ stories (OK, so most of my stories are photographs) on the web stands at: Cambridge (485), Lake Karapiro (109), Leamington (197) not to mention other Cambridge catchment related material (800+ pages). In early 2010 I’ve temporarily eased off Cambridge (as I work on other projects). BTW my website also has a significant Taranaki focus and a recent spike in traffic is related to the recent women’s surfing tour – something I have had absolutely nothing to do with – and photographs I published 15 months ago. If you are interested the most popular list down the right hand side of my site gives you a quick snapshot of what is currently popular here.

So what am I saying? I’m saying the slog – and it has at times been a huge slog – to provide variety and depth to the Cambridge ‘stories’ permanently available on the web is evolving – but slowly. My score ‘Could do better’.

BTW my website costs are approximately $1300 a year – (breakdown: website including domain name $50 pa, image server $170 pa, video server $100 pa, broadband $960 pa (250GB). Content: priceless :) I dare not think!!

Everything is hosted in California.

If anyone has any thoughts I would love to hear.

Notes Google PR 0 = not good, 10 = best. SOE = Search Engine Optimised / Optimisation. For the purposes of this discussion I am completely ignoring website linking – which I currently do not pursue.

Chris Thompson & the Big Muffin Serious Band

Hamilton, Hamilton
it’s the greatest little town in New Zealand
but I’d do anything to get away

A moment to savour. Composer Chris Thompson joins the Big Muffin Serious Band on stage for a unique rendition of the Hamilton song the first time composer and band have performed the BMSB standard together – at Community Radio Hamilton‘s Incredible String Bands! Open Day 2010 – outside the studios in Collingwood Street, Hamilton – this afternoon.

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Incredible String Bands – Community Radio Hamilton

Community Radio Hamilton invites you to its Incredible String Bands! Open Day 2010, outside the studios in the ASB building, 214 Collingwood Street. A family friendly event with fun for children of all ages.

The lineup is as follows: 3.00 Yanzi Xhu and Thom Klepach 3.30 Nate Taiapa and the Blues Society Blues Jam featuring Mr Darcy Perry 4.30 Der Kranks 5.10 Grupo Andino 5.30 Big Muffin Serious Band.

BTW if you can’t make it tune in to the simulcast (106.7 FM Hamilton City or AM 1206 Waikato region) of the gig from 4pm or connect to the live stream.