Cambridge New Zealand – TrustPower road show

TrustPower @ Red Cherry

The lads from TrustPower; Graig Neustroski National Sales Manager and Graeme Purches Community Relations Manager speak to members of Cambridge Chamber of Commerce this evening, Wednesday the 30th of June 2010, at Red Cherry Cafe. Their subject; New Zealand’s power supply industry and TrustPower’s place in it. A wide ranging presentation – PowerPoint and all – current, historic and projected power requirements. Planning, strategy and logistics for future generation requirements. Expectations, obligations and frustrations under current regulation. TrustPower investment policy and strategies / positioning in the commercial and domestic power supply market. Not forgetting research, community v corporate philosophies (hearts and minds stuff) – and the big picture where do we go from here? questions. Along with one or two bits and bobs I didn’t quite grasp.

Heady stuff – whew!

Part feel good, part advocacy, part PR and part too much information – robustly entertaining none the less. Oh, and a disclosure; I am a happy TrustPower customer also using TrustPower telecoms division Kinect (BTW excellent and personable tech. support).

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Cambridge New Zealand – an historical missed opportunity

In August of 1964, shortly after my 13th birthday, in my last year at Whitehall School and before 1965’s big move to Cambridge High School, Mr Sutcliffe, our headmaster bought us older kids into town, during school time, to see the unveiling of the Fort Street plaque in that special week leading up to the Cambridge Centennial celebrations. Despite the rain and the briefness of the ceremony it is an experience I recall with absolute clarity. An historic event commemorating an historic Cambridge time and place; it enveloped me personally – vividly – in our history.

In recent days, in June of 2010, I became aware of the work to be carried out in the area we shall call the senior citizen’s hall car park – a not insignificant portion of the ‘historic precinct’ bounded by Victoria and Fort Streets and Milicich Place; the area referred to on the Fort Street plaque.

I took little notice until Wednesday (23/6/2010) when I, at last, walked over to have a look – discovering with more than just a little surprise an archaeological ‘dig’ in progress. I spoke briefly with the site manager and took this photograph of her. The significance of this began to dawn on me in the rather haphazard way that things do when you find yourself out of the loop.

Cambridge NZ dig 23/6/2010

12:19PM Wednesday, 23/June/2010

I walked away somewhat confused and with the promise to return with the means to photograph the site from on high – something it was suggested – was not in the budget. On Wednesday evening I arranged with real estate photographer Jason Tregurtha to use his high tech elevated photography rig to record the site.  Unfortunately this was not to be. I have been kicking myself for the past two days for not having had the presence of mind to ask how much longer the dig would be in progress. Returning to the site 24 hours after my first visit I found the dig all but covered over.

Cambridge Senior Citizen's Hall car park 24/6/2010

12:22PM Thursday, 24/June/2010

So, who could have exercised the foresight, the leadership, the imagination, indeed, who if anyone, has the responsibility or the authority to have grabbed the opportunity to share this with the rest of us? Not in the future, not as a report, but as it was happening.  Who has the responsibility for advocating our cultural and historical heritage? In the week we were being encouraged to celebrate voluntarism who missed the opportunity to seek docents or interpreters – even security – from our community for this project?

Here is a list of the statutory, community, ad hoc and informal offices(ers) who may or may not have had a say in this –  indeed who may have been consulted (or not) – in no particular order: Waipa District Council staff, our elected Waipa representatives, the Cambridge Historical Society Inc. (of which I am a member), the curator of Cambridge Museum, the Waipa District iwi liaison officer, the Waipa Heritage Council (an informal committee of Waipa District Council), the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, the New Zealand Archaeological Association.

I feel let down by those responsible for the care and stewardship of our heritage. What a lost opportunity. Lost a teaching moment – an investment in our future.  Lost a time to savour and share – the opportunity for contemplation and reflection on our heritage. With leadership, effective communications and planning the management of this project in terms of cost, time frame and security could / should have factored community enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise into the dig for the benefit of us all.

We did the elevated shot anyway – for the record – thanks Jason.

Elevated shot Senior Citizen's Hall car park Cambridge

1:38PM Saturday, 25/June/2010 Photo credit: Jason Tregurtha open2view.com

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Extending WordPress – WP3.0

I haven’t spent much time with the .ORG version of WordPress recently but now have a couple of projects, on that platform, in need of attention. So, I returned last night to Whitehall.CO.NZ – neglected for the past 10 months – and had a play. Updating to WordPress (Version 3.0) – the version released in the past few days – is now fully automated, as is the bulk updating of installed plugins (a new feature). BTW I make the point, when asked (well, so does everyone else); WordPress.ORG (selfhosted) is the more flexible, the more exciting, and if you have the time, the more extendible – while WordPress.COM (WordPress hosted) is, for the content provider who doesn’t want to be bothered with too much computer geekery, the safe, cuddly, secure choice. There is a third way, I have only become aware of recently, which sort of sits between the two – here is a good example Waihi East Primary School. I have only had a cursory look at this and their web host provider – but it appears to be the best of both worlds (while you are there you had better get your head around this). There are bound to be others offering a version of this service. If you are tossing up between the various WordPress options have a look here first: About WordPress. If you want to go down the self hosted track read this: WordPress hosting. If not rock on over to WordPress.COM and create an account (you will want to create a .COM account whatever you decide – to handle spam and stats.) and have a play, it’s free and you can’t break anything. Anyway back at Whitehall.CO.NZ;  I had a play with a grid theme to come up with this for a front page:

Whitehall.CO.NZ

I’m fairly certain I could have done this with WP2.9 but never got around to it. Also, in my rush, I have over looked the fact that this theme is not listed as being 3.0 compatible – and that it appears to be based on code that is most probably much more flexible than I have the time to delve into. It is not quite what I want but the idea is there. Oh, and if you haven’t heard about WordCamp then check this out. I’m going to WordCampNZ in August.

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Whamiltron Bluegrass Muffin – live – Bicycle Wreck

Hopefully a superior version of this hoot of a colaboration will surface all in good time. For the present enjoy mine – the live mashup from three of Hamilton / Waikato’s finest. Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, Big Muffin Serious Band and The Trons. Friday, the 18th of June 2010 Meteor Theatre, No1 Victoria Street, Hamilton, New Zealand. I’m really sorry you missed it.

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One time thing – Chris Thompson, Julie Grace and E-man

Biddy Mulligans, Hamilton, NZ last night – 17/6/2010. Sorry Chris, I didn’t catch the songwriter’s name. There will be another couple of clips soonish. Will do the YouTube thing later. Made with the mighty G10.

Chris says –

One Time Thing was written by the great Michael Chapman who is alive and kicking and touring with Bidget St.John in England [..] Glad I got a chance to do this one – especially with Julie and E-Man!

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Cambridge New Zealand Gracelands community art project

Cambridge New Zealand Gracelands community art project I hope this goes well. A member (client) of the Gracelands Cambridge whanau is working on an project for the 2010 Telecom Art Awards – i.e. the one where the winner ends up on the cover of the telephone book. The aim to make a Cambridge focused artwork based on the submission of 300 individually submitted / commissioned reflections on fear. Submissions and information are being handled by Graig cambridgeATgracelands.org.nz. N.B. My contribution based on a screen grab made a few days ago.

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Leamington Waikato NZ v Leamington Ontario CA

This morning’s visitor stats are off the scale. All the visitors are from Canada and all have been looking at this. Seems there is a Leamington in Canada – I had never heard of – which has just experienced a tornado. It would seem that Leamington Ontario is somewhat more substantial than Leamington New Zealand – by a factor of about four – and is located on the northern shore of Lake Erie. Leamington NZ is bordered to the north by New Zealand’s longest river – the Waikato. Leamington NZ tornado October 2008 v Leamington CA tornado June 2010.

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Te Rewa Rewa walkway bridge, Waiwhakaiho River, Taranaki.


Opening Saturday 5 June 2010 11:36AM.


Looking west from the eastern bank towards New Plymouth. Given clear skies, I’m assured Maunga Taranaki can be seen – slightly to the left is my guess.

Peter Tennent, Mayor of New Plymouth and Rosemary Tennent.
Peter Tennent, Mayor of New Plymouth and Rosemary Tennent.


Looking east from the western bank.

There is a photo gallery here: http://www.michaeljeans.com/2010-06-05-saturday

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Cambridge | Leamington New Zealand Genevieve Baildon

Genevieve Baildon, Waikato Bowler of the Year (for the second year running) has been named in the twelve member New Zealand Commonwealth Games team to compete at XIX Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010 from the 3rd – 14th of October 2010. Genevieve joins Dale Lang (Wellington) and Karen Coombe (skip, Wanganui) in the womens triples squad. Genevieve began her sporting career at Leamington Bowls. Congratulations.

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Cambridge New Zealand Lake Karapiro – weird stuff

I am far from ‘being in the loop’ regarding all happenings hereabouts – but an event of such significance right here on our doorstep unmentioned? On Tuesday, yesterday, 1/6/2010; the unveiling of the re-branded Lake Karapiro Domain and subsequent official opening of the new Lake Karapiro Domain ‘events complex’ – the Don Rowlands Centre. Observed in Fairfax‘s local – Cambridge Edition, in retrospect, as ‘marking new beginnings, unity and celebration’ the event is reported to have been attended by Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanaand and Te Arikinui Tā Kīngi Tuheitia, Waipa Mayor Livingston and ‘hundreds of people’. OK, so I don’t read everything but do try and keep tuned to local ‘doings’. No mention on the Waipa District Whats On page, the Cambridge iSite weekly email did not flag it and the extensive (and oft competing) what’s on in Cambridge columns in the current issue of each Cambridge newspaper fail to note it. Odd, to say the very least.

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