WRCH2010 Day 1 Sunday 31st October 2010 press release 14:23

DAY 1: SUNDAY 31 October 2010




FISA officials have announced that due to the strong winds there will be no further racing today (Sunday).

The Organising Committee immediately announced that all Sunday ticket holders will have free entry on Monday.

The schedule for Monday will be announced later today.

– WRCH2010
Press release: 2010 World Rowing Championships

WRCH2010 Day 1 Sunday 31st October 2010 press release

DAY 1: SUNDAY 31 October 2010


Racing on the opening day of the 2010 World Rowing Championships has been delayed.

Racing started, as scheduled, at 10.05am with the heats of the lightweight men’s pairs but after the start of the sixth race, international rowing federation officials took the decision to suspend racing as the increasing wind made conditions unrowable.

Racing is scheduled to restart at 4.00pm. FISA officials will meet at 3.00pm to review the wind conditions and confirm the 4.00pm start.

The rescheduled programme will begin with the first heat of the lightweight men’s double sculls.

The Mighty River Domain will remain open all day and the off the water entertainment planned for after racing will now be brought forward to entertain spectators during the delay.

The first race of the 2010 World Rowing Championships was won by the host nation’s Graham Oberlin-Brown and James Lassche, who qualified direct for Friday’s medal final.

– WRCH2010
Press release: 2010 World Rowing Championships

WRCH2010 boat park off water pontoons Lake Karapiro

Looking southeast towards Maungatautari from WRCH2010 boat park Lake Karapiro

In the foreground the Lake Karapiro WRCH2010 boat park off water pontoons. Beyond the Don Rowlands Centre and the glass of the finish tower against the grandstand – apparently the largest temporary stand to be built in New Zealand – and yes it is huge. Beyond that the shell of the concert stage where Ophop will perform tomorrow afternoon – after the opening ceremony. And beyond again, above the trees, the northern slopes of Maungatautari.

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand – The Boatshed Café

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand

The Boatshed Café

The Boatshed Café relaunched under new ownership today. Richard and Robyn Clark have split their ten year old business to concentrate on Boatshed Kayaks with Katie Shick coming in as the new owner of  The Boatshed Café. (sorry folks! I may have left out a couple of steps here – but the point being The Boatshed Café & Kayaks is now two businesses). The Boatshed Café overlooking Lake Karapiro from the western shore is a gem that sits opposite the 500-600 metre mark of the 2000 metre Karapiro rowing course – the start line is clearly visible from the property. In the photograph we have from the left; Abiy, Katharina, Sheryl and Katie (Hydro Majestic & Ruby’s Cafe). Cool!

21 Amber Lane, Karapiro, Cambridge 3494, New Zealand +64 7 827 8286. Take SHI south of Cambridge – past the turn off to Karapiro Hydro Village & Mobil Karapiro, right into Gorton Road, left into Amber Lane – you’ll find it!

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand – Lake Karapiro

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand

From the upper deck of the Don Rowlands Centre Lake Karapiro

We are looking out over Lake Karapiro from the top level of the Don Rowlands Events Centre with the finish line for WRCH2010 just a tad to the right out of shot* (the new finish tower is about 15-20 metres off my right shoulder). This photograph was made on Saturday the 3rd of July 2010 the day Waipa District Council invited us out to have a look around our flash new events centre. With three sleeps to go until the 2010 World Rowing Championships this is the view greeting the organising staff if they pause for a moment to take in the view. That’s my dad Bruce Jeans on the right chatting with Waipa District councillor Grahame Webber (Maungatautari Ward Representative)**. The calm before …

*On second thoughts part of it most probably is in shot!

** And new Deputy Mayor of Waipa District! (update 10:25 27/10/2010)

Edited 13:28 28/10/2010

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

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand – Cambridge Melbourne Cup Day

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand

Gracie Taylor The face of Cambridge Melbourne Cup

Cambridge Melbourne Cup Day


Watch world-class rowing in the morning and horse-racing from 11am culminating in the running of the 150th Melbourne Cup live from Flemington at 5pm!


To purchase tickets phone: 0800 TICKETEK (0800 842 538). For more information please contact the promoters: 0508 HQMEDIA (0508 476 334).

Please note there is no private parking at the venue.  Access is via Park-n-Ride.  For more information visit the firsttuesday site or world rowing site.

Cambridge Melbourne Cup Day

Cambridge – Karapiro cycleway walkway – three short videos

#3 [12:28 16/10/2010] Returning west 2 [25 seconds]

#2 [12:25 16/10/2010] Returning west 1 [54 seconds]

#1 [11:48 16/10/2010] Heading east along Maungatautari Road, Pukekura with Leamington behind and Lake Karapiro ahead of us [40 seconds]. – modified 0904 18/10/2010

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand – Karapiro Hydro Dam

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand

Karapiro Hydro Dam | Lake Karapiro, Waikato River, New Zealand

Lake Karapiro Hydro Dam looking south from Karapiro Hydro Village. To the left, and above the orange weed boom, is Lake Karapiro Domain – scene of the 2010 World Rowing Championshipsthe rowing lanes are just out of shot to the left again. To the right the dam itself and in the foreground the sculpture Te Ihingarangiin the form of the stern post of a Maori canoe – which celebrates the history of the immediate area. Friday evening (6:52PM) the 15th of October 2010.

Welcome to Cambridge NZ – 2000 metre finish line Lake Karapiro

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand

WRCH2010 2000 metre line

The 2000 metre rowing course finish line marked on the finish tower balcony at Lake Karapiro, Waikato, New Zealand. Welcome To Cambridge New Zealand is a series of photographs made between Friday the 1st of October and Sunday the 31st of October 2010 as we prepare to welcome visitors to the 2010 World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro (30 October – 7 November 2010).

Karapiro Hydro Dam spillway Wednesday 16 September 2010

In the past few days the visits to this post have risen markedly. So, I thought I had better get out and do an update. Because of the need to balance the levels of the dams on the Waikato River due to rainfall in the Lake Taupo catchment the spillway at Karapiro – I’m uncertain if in fact the ‘gates’ are fully open in these clips – is doing its job. Here is a press release which should explain all.  I was in Hamilton earlier this morning and noted the Waikato River running very high – as I crossed the Bridge Street bridge – well up over the walkways below the Ferry Bank. The three clips are a bit rough and ready – it was raining and I am trying to juggle an umbrella, the camera and my own aversion – in the first clip – to being directly above all that rushing water – it is a little unnerving.

Hand held: 11:06am 16/09/2010 25 seconds. Canon G10.

Tripod: 11:18am 16/09/2010 31 seconds. Canon G10.

Tripod: 11:22am 16/09/2010 31 seconds. Canon G10.

Cambridge NZ to Lake Karapiro cycleway-walkway

Map: updated 19/3/2011

Cambridge NZ to Lake Karapiro cycleway-walkway
This photograph: this evening 17:44 28/8/2010

Our portion of the national cycleway-walkway (the westerly end beginning at the intersection of Carlyle Street where Browning Street becomes Maungatautari Road – here in Leamington; which I assume will ultimately become part of Te Araroa – although I’m a tad uncertain as to how – and when – this jigsaw fits together) is under construction as we speak. Obviously a useful edition to the local infrastructure for the World Rowing Championships in sixty days time. Some 6km in length, give or take, and running alongside Maungatautari Road (and the Waikato River – a paddock or so to the north) through that area known as Pukekura to Judd Lane at Lake Karapiro. The part at the Karapiro Hydro dam end being the interesting bit – a boardwalk arrangement below the place called Crows Nest (Redoubt) or Te Tiki o te Ihingarangi just as you drop down to the dam.

Cambridge NZ to Lake Karapiro cycleway-walkway
This photograph: 14:25 26/8/2010

P.S. Have just discovered another name: It will eventually form part of “Te Awa – the Great New Zealand River Ride”, stretching from Ngaruawahia to Horahora. Not sure who is being quoted there? Do I need to add here that the Waikato River – which in it’s 425 kilometre entirety takes a roughly northwestern course – meanders from Horohoro through Cambridge to Mystery Creek in a more distinctly east west trajectory.

Mōrena mai roto Karapiro, Waipa, Waikato, Te Ika a Maui

Karapiro on the TV this morning, but, I’m not quite sure why here in weather forecast terms is Kirikiriroa. Kirikiriroa aka Hamilton is a good 25 kms away downstream or north-west – take your pick – must have something to do with the concept main centre – we know better of course. Impressed with the use of Te Reo in naming the rohe – I have this feeling I’m missing something here – I mean this is breakfast television.

Lake Karapiro – morning glory – Don Rowlands Centre

Lake Karapiro – Don Rowlands Centre

Mock HDRI or a fluke? It does look the part – though, don’t look too closely! I quite like the building, but have yet to get a real handle on it. It does have a quiet presence which suits it’s place in the world, sitting as it is, alongside a large body of water. For some reason this photograph reminds me of some stylish 1950s American house and garden magazine illustration or perhaps an advertisment in National Geographic of similar vintage.

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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.