Cooper’s Run @ Waipa 150 Lake Karapiro 6/2/2014 20:03

Husband and wife team Michael & Ashley Tiping: Cooper's Run

Husband and wife team Michael & Ashley Tiping: Cooper’s Run

An evening lakeside concert. Headline act Cooper’s Run Michael and Ashley Tiping supported by John Dill (drums), Jack Wallis (guitar) and Shane Reha (bass). I didn’t see the entire concert, arriving as I did, part way through Anna Hawkins’ set. What I did see; Anna Hawkins, the Muffins and Cooper’s Run was excellent. Just a pity the audience was a tad minimalist. Perfect setting, perfect weather, good music and we all now know that the sports women of Iona College rock!

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A lick and a polish; Victoria Bridge Cambridge New Zealand

Victoria Bridge Cambridge New Zealand

Victoria Bridge Cambridge New Zealand

Closed for resurfacing this vital link in our infrastructure (one of two bridges connecting Cambridge with Leamington across the Waikato River we need both and could do with a strategy to build a third) will open again at around 11pm this evening. So, while they were at it the ‘grand old lady’ got a bit of a late spring clean at the same time. All good.

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Hamilton New Zealand Wednesday 5 October 2011 4

Caesar Roose, Bridge Street Bridge, Waikato River, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

Caesar Roose, Bridge Street Bridge, Waikato River, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand.

Photos and videos taken today, Wednesday the 5th of October 2011, during a short trip to Hamilton: Steele Park, Grey Street, Bridge Street (Waikato River), Museum (Victoria Street), Garden Place, Ward Street, Centre Place, Barton Street, Casabella Lane. Not quite a decade ago (2003) and in the decade prior (1993-2003) this is a journey I made most week days (in whole or in part) – the Steele Park, Grey Street, Bridge Street walk less often; parking on the western (city) side of the Waikato River in Grantham Street. Overriding impression; eerily quiet streets and empty eateries (OK mid morning mid week!) – though moving in an easterly direction from Garden Place things become a tad more city like.

Hamilton New Zealand Wednesday 5 October 2011 2

Sacred Heart, Steele Park, Hamilton East, Waikato, New Zealand

Sacred Heart, Steele Park, Hamilton East (Grey Street), Waikato, New Zealand.

Photos and videos taken today, Wednesday the 5th of October 2011, during a short trip to Hamilton: Steele Park, Grey Street, Bridge Street (Waikato River), Museum (Victoria Street), Garden Place, Ward Street, Centre Place, Barton Street, Casabella Lane. Not quite a decade ago (2003) and in the decade prior (1993-2003) this is a journey I made most week days (in whole or in part) – the Steele Park, Grey Street, Bridge Street walk less often; parking on the western (city) side of the Waikato River in Grantham Street. Overriding impression; eerily quiet streets and empty eateries (OK mid morning mid week!) – though moving in an easterly direction from Garden Place things become a tad more city like.

Hamilton New Zealand Wednesday 5 October 2011 1

Pavilion, Steele Park, Hamilton East, Waikato, New Zealand

Pavilion, Steele Park, Hamilton East (Grey Street), Waikato, New Zealand.

Photos and videos taken today, Wednesday the 5th of October 2011, during a short trip to Hamilton: Steele Park, Grey Street, Bridge Street (Waikato River), Museum (Victoria Street), Garden Place, Ward Street, Centre Place, Barton Street, Casabella Lane. Not quite a decade ago (2003) and in the decade prior (1993-2003) this is a journey I made most week days (in whole or in part) – the Steele Park, Grey Street, Bridge Street walk less often; parking on the western (city) side of the Waikato River in Grantham Street. Overriding impression; eerily quiet streets and empty eateries (OK mid morning mid week!) – though moving in an easterly direction from Garden Place things become a tad more city like.

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 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.

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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2010 National Waka Ama Sprint Championships

2010 National Waka Ama Sprint Championships

It’s waka ama week at Lake Karapiro this week the 19th – 23rd January 2010. This morning I spent an hour mooching about chatting and taking photos. Thanks to each and every one of you for happily taking part in my random guy walks up and asks to take your photo behind the scenes at waka ama project – thanks especially to Ralph for the cool ‘cover shot’ and thanks also to those in the couple of sneaky shots. The annual National Waka Ama Sprint Championships are being streamed live – click the logo below. The other photographs are here. PS if you want to add some information for the record use the comments function below.

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What’s on? – Waipa District

Has this event received any publicity? It’s got a flash website.

Swim Karapiro

There are swim distances available for all levels of ability/age/fitness so join in and have a great day at Lake Karapiro. There will be plenty of “ordinary” people doing the event while at the long distance competitive end of the spectrum there will be some outstanding swimmers competing.

Among other things on this weekend: Gala night Cambridge Repertory Society The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Macbeth, Cambridge Christmas Festival, Te Awamutu Christmas Parade and Festivities. Carols by Candlelight at Monavale Homestead tonight and tomorrow night. And I have it on good authority Santa will be about Cambridge CBD this evening.

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River visitor – Earthrace

Earthrace [and here] visits Cambridge at Dominion Avenue Cambridge NZ today, Tuesday, the 9th of June 2009. Moored on the Waikato River, below Duke Street hill and the curve of SH1 where the Karapiro Stream joins the Waikato and just below the furthest point on the river navigable from the sea – the boat is receiving local visitors during the day.

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Karapiro hydo dam

Lake Karapiro, moments before the first race of the 2009 New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Championships this morning Monday the 30th of March 2009, from the roadway on top of Karapiro dam looking south toward the finish of the 2000 metre rowing course (obscured by the small Toi tio covered headland and Karapiro Ski Club). The small dots, beyond the weed boom, are rowing crews heading out from the boat park pontoons to race. From this POV crews travel down (south) the left hand (eastern) side of the lake and race back close to the western shore to the finish line, just beyond the headland, in roughly a NNE direction. The eastern slopes of Maungatautari rise beyond the course to the right.

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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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Weather and traffic

Final words on Nine To Noon this morning. A conversation between host Kathryn Ryan and guest, media commentator, Denis Welch. Trucks and media schenfreude.

Proud under her strenuous 24/7 365 workload our lovely 100 year old ‘high level bridge’ – the Victoria Bridge – at 8:15AM this morning, Tuesday the 8th of July 2008, coated in frost and cloaked with Waikato River mist. At both ends bridge guardians, men in Hi Viz, responsible for the day-to-day care and safe use of our toanga stand in the cold air and watch.