Naming Cambridge New Zealand again and again and again

Crossing Karapiro Hydro Dam

We are at the western lights, on the Maungatautari side of Lake Karapiro, waiting for opposing traffic to clear the one lane that tops the hydro dam so we can cross to the Karapiro side and Karapiro Hydro Village. Though this is not the purpose of this photograph. I’ve talked about the concept Township before.  And of course we are launching forth into that disagreeable season of the Big Little Town or is it Little Big Town promotion that Fieldays inflicts upon Cambridge once a year. Grr.

Cambridge Town Cup 2011 KRI # 2 Lake Karapiro

Cambridge Town Cup 2011 KRI # 2 Lake Karapiro Cambridge Town Cup 2011 KRI # 2 Lake Karapiro
Cambridge Town Cup 2011 KRI # 2 Lake Karapiro Cambridge Town Cup 2011 KRI # 2 Lake Karapiro

My day galleries. January 2011 galleries. Today’s gallery.

Today, tomorrow and Sunday: 28th, 29th & 30th of January 2011.

602 Maungatautari Road, Lake Karapiro, Cambridge New Zealand.

Photos taken in the boat park at KRI # 2, this afternoon as the well oiled machine of volunteers processes hundreds of young rowers, representing schools and clubs, onto the water to race the 2000 metre Lake Karapiro course and then back off the water to the busy boat park behind. The safety of rowers is of constant concern and each boat inspected – particularly the footwear of each rower. Footwear is attached to the boat and must allow for immediate and unimpeded release of the feet in the event of a capsize. As I over heard Roger Milne explain to one crew, whose setup exceeded the 50mm mandated safety tolerance, it is like trying to remove gumboots without the purchase of a step or your toe at the heel of the boot. The difference between being trapped under a boat by your feet or a straightforward dunk and escape to the surface.

KWTJubilee final signing off

Signing the final minutes - KWTJubilee meeting #22

KWTJubilee chair Kevin Roigard signs off Deb Robinson‘s minutes of the Karapiro, Whitehall, Taotaoroa & Karapiro Hydro Schools 125th Jubilee committee’s 22nd, and final, meeting. Those of us involved in the 20 month long project to plan for, and stage, the 24 – 26 September 2010 event met this evening, Monday, the 29th of November 2010 for a celebratory final meeting at Karapiro School. It has all been a great deal of fun. For more – Karapiro School.

Submerged Histories | Waipa District Te Awamutu Museum

Submerged Histories | Te Awamutu Museum

Submerged Histories: stories underlying Lake Karapiro

In 1947, layers of history disappeared beneath the water’s surface of the newly formed Lake Karapiro. Life changed radically for the people whose lives were defined by the waterway.

See this fascinating exhibition of historical photographs lovingly preserved by those who worked and lived along the stretch of the Waikato River now known as Lake Karapiro.

30 October 2010 – 24 January 2011

Te Awamutu Museum 135 Roche Street, Te Awamutu, New Zealand P: 64 (7) 872 0085 E: museum@waipadc.govt.nz

The ‘official’ KWT Jubilee photos

The ‘official’ KWT Jubilee photos are being uploaded here. This will take a day or so. If you see an omission or mistake please email me. Those who ordered with registration or on the day should receive their photos late next week. Once I have everything uploaded I will put a form in place for new orders. Please check out the KWTJubilee website for updates.

Take The Bus!! On Saturday Night

A bus will be leaving Leamington Bus Shelter (outside the Leamington Medical Centre, Leamington Shopping Centre, Shakespeare Street, Leamington) at 5:40PM SHARP and the Cambridge Town Hall Bus Shelter (Lake Street, Cambridge) at 5:45PM SHARP on Saturday evening.

Return by minibus can be arranged to suit during the evening.

A small charge will be made.

KWTJubilee merchandise

Coffee mugs, wine glasses, beer handles and pens

Coffee mugs, beer handles, wine glasses and pens. If you don’t have a forward order you had better be in quick! On sale from Friday. KWTJubilee is on this weekend. Remember that Whitehall and Karapiro Schools will be open from noon Friday 24 September 2010 until noon Saturday 25 September 2010 please feel free to have a wander around. Name tag pickup at both Whitehall and Karapiro schools from noon Friday as well.

Karapiro Hydro Dam – construction

Karapiro Hydro - married quarters Karapiro Hydro - Concrete Silo
Karapiro Hydro - Concrete Silo Karapiro Hydro - Concrete Silo
Karapiro Hydro - Concrete Silo Karapiro Hydro - Concrete Silo
Karapiro Hydro - Concrete Silo Karapiro Hydro - Concrete Silo

As I work on the KWTJubilee some related gems have been turning up – this selection of photos from the Karapiro Hydro Dam construction in the 1940s from a local family album. Roll over each image and read the captions from the back of each snap (52mm (approx.) square contact prints – a Box Brownie of some sort I’m guessing). Thanks to John Fletcher and George Ve Vorms.

CENTENARY 100 Years of Education in the Taotaoroa Whitehall Karapiro Districts. 1885 — 1985

This is a digitized version of CENTENARY 100 Years of Education in the Taotaoroa Whitehall Karapiro Districts. 1885 — 1985 researched and complied by Phyllis Jeans, typed by Lesley Sewell and published in October 1985.

This document also appears here.

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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.

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