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.

What’s on Cambridge New Zealand | eDay Waipa 6/11/2010

eDay 2010 Waipa District Council

Tomorrow, 06 November 2010, 9am – 3pm

EnviroWaste, 27 Matos Segedin Drive, CAMBRIDGE
Red Bins Ltd, 547 Paterangi Road, TE AWAMUTU

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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:

eDay 2010 Waipa District Council | Cambridge New Zealand

eDay 2010 Waipa District Council

Saturday, 06 November 2010, 9am – 3pm

EnviroWaste, 27 Matos Segedin Drive, CAMBRIDGE
Red Bins Ltd, 547 Paterangi Road, TE AWAMUTU

Computer hardware, mice, monitors, computer speakers, printers and cartridges, scanners, laptops, games consoles, mobile phones, keyboards, networking equipment and cameras!

Local Elections 2010 results Waipa District Council?

No, I don’t either. Preliminary results as soon as practicable after close of voting. But where? If you can help please reply below. A singular news item – on radio last night – that Alan Livingston is returned as mayor. Obviously I’m missing something.

9:14AM | found it!

Waipa District Mayor:  Alan Livingston 5851, Peter Lee 4418, Steve Baron 1212, James Parlane 429

Waipa District Council – Cambridge Ward

Waipa District Council – Cambridge Community Board – Cambridge Subdivision

Update 12:35PM 10/10/2010: There are links on the front page of Waipa District Council.

Waipa District Council Local Elections 2010 Cambridge Ward

Judy Bannon one of 12 candidates for the 4 Cambridge Ward seats

Twelve candidates; four positions. This is hard work. The audience filling Cambridge Baptist Church this Sunday afternoon is great – though, I do feel one or two of the questions from the floor are set pieces. I think it is candidate Michael Blake who makes the comment or perhaps this should read plea – obviously not aimed at those in attendance – to get out and vote and encourage others to do the same – well, stay in and vote as this is a postal ballot. I’m all for this. The Waipa District Council Election Statistics are not good.

I have a rough idea what Future Proof is; a ‘vision’ with a website (which you or I can consult if it takes our fancy – but no idea what Shore Features is. Any ideas?

I am posting this now – 10:00 20/9/2010 (I will be adding some thoughts about the candidates and issues soonish).

Photo: The speaker is Judy Bannon one of the 12 Candidates offering their services for the 4 positions for the Cambridge Ward of the Waipa District Council.

Cambridge NZ Local Elections 2010 Waipa mayoralty

Alan Livingston and Peter Lee

Waipa District Mayor Alan Livingston and Peter Lee Waipa District Deputy Mayor, both candidates in Local Elections 2010 for Mayor of Waipa District, wait to speak this afternoon, Sunday, the 19th of September 2010 at Cambridge Grey Power Meet the Candidates at Cambridge Baptist Church, Queen Street, New Zealand. There are four candidates standing for Waipa mayor in the 2010 election. Alan Livingston and Peter Lee were joined by candidate Steve Baron. Candidate James Parlane did not attend the meeting.

Update 10/10/2010: Preliminary results.

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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Matthew Harms – NZIDRS – MEIT

American PhD (Cultural Anthropology) student and New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS) recepient Matthew Harms – has a blog at Kiwi Chronicles. Here is a run down of what he’s up to – (from the 2009 NZIDRS recipient list).

Matthew HARMS – University of Waikato (Cultural Anthropology)
The community based Maungatautari Ecological Island project (MEIT) has since 2002, fenced a 3400 hectare montane area, removed non-native mammalian pests, and reintroduced native biota. From an anthropological standpoint, the project’s success likely comes from a degree of collaboration among the community’s Maori and Pakeha members. Matthew proposes to build upon his Masters research into the sociocultural and historical factors associated with New Zealand’s community based conservation, and will investigate the actual influence of these factors and the extent of biculturalism attained in the MEIT project. He intends to conduct fieldwork while living in the Waipa district to perform project volunteer work that will permit conversational interviewing and discussion with community/project members in a connected, mutually-beneficial relationship. In addition, he plans to highlight key findings by comparing the factors of the MEIT community and project to those at work in an aptly parallel (postcolonial, Polynesian minority) Hawaii.

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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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Maunga Cycle Challenge

Not a sport video or an art work – rather an exercise in editing using Windows Movie Maker. The timing begins with the first riders and notes the time lapse – approximately – of those following. The race, the Maunga Cycle Challenge, captured with the Canon G10 as it passes through the intersection of Lamb Street and Carlyle StreetRoto-o-Rangi Road on the boundary of Leamington and Pukekura. The Maunga Cycle Challenge started and finished in Te Awamutu.

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Mayor Livingston’s remarks

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Mayor of Waipa Alan Livingston speaks today Friday the 30th of October 2009 as Cambridge celebrates one year to the 2010 World Rowing Champs at Lake Karapiro, with a street parade. The Karapiro 2010 One-Year-Out Celebration.

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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.