Tikorangi travels

“Go to Hidcote,” urged our Oakura friend and colleague, Glyn Church, “it is my all time favourite garden.” Having been ever so slightly disappointed in most of the Cornish private gardens we had seen, we headed up to Gloucestershire and hoped Glyn was right. He was. Hidcote was quite simply everything to which we aspire.

Abbie Jury Tikorangi The Jury Garden

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English summer gardens

Mark and Abbie Jury head for English summer gardens:

A couple of weeks of non stop garden visiting may not be everyone’s cup of tea but two heads are better than one and we hope to return inspired with new ideas. One thing is for sure though. When you are travelling across the world, it certainly helps to have good advisors who are switched on to what you want to see. We don’t have time to spend looking at very average gardens or queuing for tourist attractions. We are after hard-core gardening and hard-core gardeners.

Read the full article here: In Search Of Summer Gardens

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Clifton Rowing Club 2008


Clifton Rowing Club 2008 from Michael Jeans on Vimeo. (I see the title says March 2009 – my mistake – that should be March 2008).

This has been around for a while. It was made some time last year. I used it just now to check out my new Vimeo subscription. There is no sound. It does I trust give a little taste of rowing at Karapiro – well watching rather than doing. At just over 11 minutes it is just a mite repetitive but it does the trick. The two schools involved; Sacred Heart Girls’ College New Plymouth and New Plymouth Boys’ High School.

These photographs were taken on Sunday the 16th of March 2008 at NISS rowing champs at Lake Karapiro.

Embed published: 09/04/2009

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DTS – a telephone questionaire

DTS in Ministry of Tourism speak stands for Domestic Tourism Survey and I have just done one – an experience both frustrating and illuminating. I say frustrating because it took ages – I am glad I had only made two trips within the survey specific period and stayed privately – otherwise we would have been at it all day. Illuminating because it helped focus my mind on the fors and againsts of ‘destination tourism’. More on this subject soonish.

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Marketing our places

Waitara Public Relations

We are a little surprised too discover that the little Google man has not wandered the streets of Waitara. I have asked Google why – I shall report back.

BTW: The multi layered arty shot. Besides I love the apparent stilt walker about to match the stride of the child.

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At the Govett-Brewster

At the Govett-Brewster

During the early 1980s I visited the Govett-Brewster often. I have done so regularly, at least annually, since. Today’s visit is a little perplexing. I feel a tad out of the loop. Murray Hewitt’s works are interesting though Untitled (2007) and Spin works (2008) seem pedantic to me – Weeping Waters – I like along with – and I visit the strip mall at Waiwhakaiho (The Valley) to see it – 21 (2008). How I interpret this is beyond me – at present. Suffice to say after hearing many stories of Mitre 10 Mega store – there are apparently twenty-one about the rohe – my first visit to one – is well most captivating – it is huge. Kim Paton’s lichen-like instalation The Wal Mart Effect (2008) on ‘c deck’ is mmm. I just start thinking about the vibrancy of Taranaki and how much I am enjoying being here. Len Lye, of course, but so little. I am sure I can hear, in my memory, much more resounding bongs when Universe is activated. But I have enjoyed Wind Wand from a variety of view points – both by day and night. That just leaves Alistair Tong’s Meccano Rotary Cowshed – Taranaki.

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Puke Ariki

Puke Ariki New Plymouth

Centre City and Puke Ariki sit side by side on the New Plymouth foreshore – the whole area is Puke Ariki. I visit the former for old times sake – it is looking deflated and somewhat tired – the foodhall, though, is humming. I wonder about having a haircut – I need one – but baulk at $25.00 and a wait.  Puke Ariki itself grabs the attention, as always. It a favourite public building. I walk up the ramp and head for Taranaki Life only to be put off by the lighting when I try to read the captions in the glass cabinet featuring military uniforms. Mm is it just me? I head back outside and wander up Currie Street, along a deserted Devon Street West and back to the car. 

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Waitara Bar Boardriders Club

From the western bank of the Waitara River mouth

Updated 20 April 2010: Hey there. When a 15 month old photograph suddenly begins attracting traffic there has to be a reason – and while aware of the surfing ‘tour’ and ‘controversy’ arising around some locals not wanting the attention – it has been surprising. If you do visit tread lightly and do check out the lay of the land first. It’s a special place. The flag and here.

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Pōhutukawa East Beach Waitara

Pōhutukawa East Beach access Waitara

Waitara is festooned with Pōhutukawa – there are hundreds – from the very large to modest youngish trees. They are everywhere – along the river – their fallen stamens decorating the roadsides and pavements with avenues of bright red.

Update 20/4/2010: A little flavour of street level Taranaki – New Plymouth as well as Waitara.

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New Plymouth Airport

JJ and Theo New Plymouth Airport

Jasmine flys from Brisbane, via Auckland, (temperature late 20s early 30s) to the comfort of 20 something here. Tells me about this.

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Laptops

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Photograph: Abbie Jury

Me, Camilla and Theo at the dining table at Tikorangi.

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www.jury.co.nz

This week after four years, or so, of managing jury.co.nz I hand the running over to the author. Published regularly Abbie’s writing is always witty and informative.

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Cook Street Leamington

Back to Cook Street where I saw the Triumph Stags this morning. Cook Street is all of 200-300 metres long – a brief interlude between roundabouts – and runs alongside the Waikato River. It’s uniqueness – it links traffic from the east – Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty with the west – New Plymouth and Taranaki. There are other routes – this is ours.

A new riverside parking area has appeared in the past couple of weeks, complete with picnic table. The view isn’t too bad either. Peeking above Victoria Bridge the somber roof lines of Le Quesnoy Place over in Cambridge.

Across the road in surprising minimalist livery – black with modest yellow trim and signage – chalk on black board – the Pie and Espresso café. Which was until recently The Kiwi Pie Café.

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Broadband speedtests

Download Speed: 3539 kbps (442.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 507 kbps (63.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
Speedtest run at: 07:19 am, 17 Nov 2008 (Kinect | greater Leamington)

Download Speed: 942 kbps (117.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 864 kbps (108 KB/sec transfer rate)
Speedtest run at: 07:39 am, 17 Nov 2008 (Skynet | greater Leamington)

Download Speed: 3258 kbps (407.3 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 88 kbps (11 KB/sec transfer rate)
Speedtest run at: 10:15 am, 17 Nov 2008 (Vodaphone | Cambridge CBD)

Download Speed: 2377 kbps (297.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 83 kbps (10.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
Speedtest run at: 10:30 am, 17 Nov 2008 (Telecom | Tikorangi, Taranaki)

Run your own test. Also here. Commerce Commission.

JJ

About now Jasmine is being conferred with her PhD at ANU in Canberra.

JJ at Tikorangi, north Taranaki. 3rd of September 1998.

Jasmine attended Urenui Primary School, Manukorihi Intermediate, Sacred Heart Girls’ College New Plymouth, New Plymouth Girls’ High School, University of Canterbury and Massey University before moving to The Australian National University. Jasmine is currently at the School of Chemistry University of Wollongong.

There are also photos of Jasmine here and here. (Links don’t work at the mo.)