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.

Food from Northern Laos: The Boat Landing Cookbook

Robyn Eckhardt’s review of Dorothy Culloty‘s book Food from Northern Laos: The Boat Landing Cookbook.

If the cuisine of Laos is little known outside the country, then the cooking of Luang Namtha, its northernmost region, is all but invisible. That may change if the slim, richly illustrated “Food From Northern Laos: The Boat Landing Cookbook,” (Galangal Press, 2010) by New Zealanders Kees Sprengers and Dorothy Culloty gets the attention it deserves.

Food from Northern Laos: The Boat Landing Cookbook Food from Northern Laos: The Boat Landing Cookbook

Copyright © 2010 Galangal Press Ltd Waikato, NEW ZEALAND, & Chonburi, THAILAND. Publisher: Galangal Press ISBN 978-0-473-17236-7, 200 pages, full colour – more than 400 photos, crown quarto signature paperback.

Future Proof Waikato?

Future Proof outlines how the Hamilton, Waikato and Waipa region will develop moving forward.

Well, I hope they know. At first I thought it a joke. More here. They must be serious – pity they didn’t spend more time writing proper.

What is the vision?

Update 20:55 9/09/2009: Seems I’m a little late on the uptake; this from Mairi Jay in April this year.

Asia Pacific Bowls Championships 2009

Leamington Bowls alumna Genevieve Baildon continues to shine on the world stage as a member of New Zealand Lawn Bowls (Bowls New Zealand) team aka The Black Jacks at the Asia Pacific Bowls Championships 2009 being played in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur 6th-16th August 2009). Genevieve, 2008/09 Women’s World Junior Champion and current member of Hillcrest Bowling Club (Hamilton), joined Leamington Women’s Bowling Club (now Leamington Bowls) as a youngster during the 1996/97 season. On the national scene since 1998/99 Genevieve began playing internationally during the 2002/2003 season and joined the Black Jacks in November last year. The current campaign sees Genevieve representing New Zealand in the Pairs as lead with Val Smith (skip). She is member, also, of the Fours – again as lead – with Manu Timoti, Dale Lang and Karen Coombe (skip).

Update 1000 12/0/2009: Not great news from BowlsNZ.

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Wondering about Waipa?

Cambridge and Leamington combined form one of two major population centres within Waipa District, the other is Te Awamutu. Here are some stats from the localcouncils.govt.nz website. The Waipa District Council website. Waipa is one of the twelve district councils of the Waikato Regional Council or as it is more commonly known and branded Environment Waikato.

Above Waipa District Council HQ building on Bank Street Te Awamutu viewed from Teesdale Street just beyond the cenotaph on Anzac Green to the left. Yes, that is a kauri in the centre of the photograph.

Check this out.

Kaka at Maungatautari Ecological Island


Feeding the Kaka (there are three in this photo – all nibbling on peanuts) at the aviary in the Southern Enclosure within the Maungatautari Ecological Island, this afternoon, Tuesday the 17th of March 2009. Feeding times are 9:30am and 3:30pm daily. BTW MEIT are running a naming competition for these lovable characters. You can enter here – SUBJECT: KAKA COMPETITION.

Have a look here to see how to get there. Or download this MEIT map [PDF].

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2008 Fish City Charity Poker Run

$6000.00 cheque for Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand

A $6000.00 cheque for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.
From left: Rosemary McGiven (CCT), Warren Denis (CCT), Barry Young (President and CEO PCF), Jim Wright (CCT), Peter Forman (PCF) and John Galbraith (CCT).

This annual event on Lake Karapiro, run by Cambridge Charities Trust, raised some $6000.00 for Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand, today, Sunday the 23rd of November 2008.

A couple more posts and a gallery of photos from today will turn up soonish.

Update 20:35 24 November 2008: The gallery is going up. Go straight to the slideshow here. Much to add yet.

Update 08:30 25 November 2008: Done. If you want to buy the odd photo from me email me (michael@michaeljeans.co.nz) and quote the photo numbers – the gallery images are numbered 1 -110.

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eDay 2008

Remember it is eDay this weekend. The perfect time to rid yourself of unwanted computer gear in a useful way. Waikato eDay is Sunday the 5th of October between 9am – 3pm. The Hamilton dropoff is Mainfreight in Foreman Road. eDay details are at eday.org.nz.

Vanessa Mohi-Goodchild is the Hamilton/Waikato contact.

021 110 0226 or Vanessa@wainet.org

Maungatautari Ecological Island

The Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust held an open day today, Sunday the 7th of September 2008, to celebrate Conservation Week 2008 and the unveiling of directional and interpretive signage sponsored by power generation company Mighty River Power.

Visitors admire new signage at the MEIT southern enclosure at Pukeatua.

David Wallace Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust Chair of Trustees with Mighty River Power representatives.

David Wallace chatting with Dad.
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