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.

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Robert Harris Café Cambridge

Fiona Glass Robert Harris Café Cambridge owner and Waipa Networks Business Awards 2009 Supreme Excellence Award winner at Robert Harris Café Cambridge 39 Victoria Street Cambridge, this morning, Sunday the 5th of July 2009.

Waipa Networks Business Awards 2009 winners

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Robert Harris Café Cambridge NZ

Waipa Networks Business Awards 2009 Supreme Excellence Award winner Robert Harris Café Cambridge 39 Victoria Street Cambridge 3434 tel 07 823 4299.

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Waipa Networks Business Awards 2009

Held this evening, Friday the 3rd of July 2009, at Cambridge Town Hall the Waipa Networks Business Awards 2009. And the Supreme Excellence Award winner is .. ta da .. Robert Harris Café Cambridge.

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Travelling through Cambridge NZ

Always fascinating to come upon responses to our place:

This is actually where “Hobbiton” was filmed as well. I explored a preserve that was fenced off and looked like Jurassic Park. It was thick and lush inside, and I climbed a mountain in the lush forest to explore. Slipped in the rain and mud a lot going uphill, but it was fun anyway. Took a lot of backcountry roads around the area and walked far out into fields. Cambridge was a beautiful place, small and peaceful, and I enjoyed my time there. Reminded me a lot of Oregon and Washington, the rainy sides.

Tristan Stiles from travelpod.com dated Sunday, Jun 07, 2009

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Lake Karapiro

Lake Karapiro looking toward the western bank – close to the dam – from the hydro dam roadway. Hidden beyond the trees Maungatautari Road and the Judd Lane entrance to Lake Karapiro Domain.

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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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Cambridge NZ supports rowing?

This poster has graced the Duke Street window of photographers Hot Shots To Go for the past month. It celebrates the involvement of Cambridge photographers (six – at least – by our count) in the annual rowing regattas on Lake Karapiro over the past two decades and more. An involvement which, in our memory, goes back to the mid 1980’s. The poster and accompanying window display – which includes film from the 1978 World Rowing Championships – has elicited much interest from visitors and locals, rowers and not. With the staging of the 2009 Maadi Cup at Karapiro in a few days time – the last regatta before the serious work of the Karapiro Lake Domain makeover for the 2010 World Rowing Championships begins – Cambridge shopkeepers are being asked to adopt a school for the duration of the regatta – hopefully reflected in supportive window displays. One hopes this is a success – comments about our poster suggest many find it odd that one of the largest sporting events in Australasia often appears all but ignored, in Cambridge CBD, less than 12 minutes & 9 kilometres away from the much celebrated action.

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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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T John Marshall

Who should we see as we enter the MEIT Southern enclosure on our way to see the Kaka being fed. Well – we saw Gloria first – John hoving into sight a moment later. Lovely to see them.

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Waipa Mayoral Cycle Challenge 2009

Waipa District Mayor Alan Livingston (Yellow Jersey) waits at Leamington Domain in the Waipa District for the commencement of the 2009 Waipa Mayoral Cycle Challenge this Tuesday afternoon the 17th of February 2009. A nationwide initiative the mayoral cycle challenge Waipa style takes in two routes a 10km country ride out into Pukekura district or a more leisurely 5km ride around Leamington.

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Whanau day

Update 21:30 26/01/2009: I am currently uploading images, from today, to my archive at michaeljeans.com (you need to refresh the page to see new uploads).

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Cambridge Town Cup

A crew comes off the water at the boat park, Lake Karapiro Domain, after their race at the commencement of the Cambridge Town Cup rowing regatta, this morning, Saturday the 24th of January 2009. For more info on things happening around Cambridge this weekend visit Cambridge NZ today.

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Maungatautari Ecological Island after dark

Passionate MEIT guide and photographer Phil Brown, tonight Saturday the 17th of January 2009, sharies his enthusiasm for the regenerating flora and fauna in the Maungatautari Ecological Island. What a great experience – the night time bush vividly alive with stories, anecdotes, knowledge and delightful creepy crawlies. For information about taking the Maungatautari After Dark guided night walk contact Out in the Styx Café & Guesthouse Pukeatua – 0800 461 559 – Bookings are essential.

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Monavale Homestead

It’s years since I visited Monavale Homestead out on the Cambridge Te Awamutu road (all of 5km from home). I came here from time to time to photograph weddings. It’s now home to Capernwray’s Monavale Bible School. What a neat setting for Carols by Candelight.

I had forgotten how Monavale draws you into the world of it’s creators. I’m not too hot on architecture and gardens – influences and terminology – I understand the house is American – the grounds are Waikato English – if that’s a genre. There is an other worldliness – set as it is in flat, conventional Waikato farmland. Especially at dusk.

Highlight for me is Hilly Boyce‘s solo Holy Night. And a sublime choral piece – refered to as a Nigerian Christmas carol – I think – (I see from the programme it is called Betelehemu) Very WOMAD. Very beautiful.

And it all happens again tomorrow evening at 8PM. Do go. (If too many turn up they may need to rejig their parking arrangements).

There is a gallery or slideshow; your choice. The frog, in full croak in the last frame, is in the pond at 69 Milton Streetgo and look.

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Looking to the future

A young Kauri, at Monavale Homestead, one of many dotted about Waipa District. There is a grove on the banks of the Waikato River at the northern Shakespeare Street entrance to Leamington. Another near the Gudex Memorial in the Maungakawa Reserve.

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Cambridge Olympic parade

Update 30/08/2008: Oops! Nathan is missing as is Matthew. And I thought I was doing so well. Later. And while I am at it Firefox is my browser of choice. Viewing galleries in other than Firefox may be disappointing. There is something wrong with the search box function. Yesterday was fun and very well done.

Update 10/10/08: The lightbox (slideshow) function is not yet available on my new server.

Update 15/11/08: A version of this gallery is now available on Issuu.

Update 18/11/08: YouTube slide show added.

Cambridge v Waipa

What did I say about marketing our town? Mmm sometimes you just have to go with the flow. My thoughts on the subject.

Waipa gold

And while we are at it lets celebrate the Waipa CBD crew. Definitely a gold.

What is Cambridge township?

I find the branding of Waipa problematical as it subverts the identity of our town. More so when that branding appropriates iconography clearly identifiable as Cambridge. Our Chamber of Commerce refers to Cambridge as a township. My current favourite is little big town which came, I think, from the visitor people. Confusion reigns.

Whether we like it or not Cambridge and Leamington combined, coupled with the escapees beyond the greenbelt, is fast approaching what in an earlier era would have been classed a city. We have a lovemark, the word Cambridge. All by itself.

Planning for the future in light of history, contemporary example, current sensitivities to climate, sustainability, transportation costs, even the advice of ‘experts’ etc etc is all good. But if we lose sight of what we are in a confusion of bureaucratic flagwaving and tourism speak we do ourselves a disservice.

State Highway One Hamilton Road Pukeroro at Racecourse and Hooker Roads on the border of two regional authorities Waikato and Waipa Districts at 8:11AM this Thursday the 10th of July 2008.

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NZ Rowing Champs 2006 Saturday

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Medal presentations 2006 New Zealand Rowing Championships, Lake Karapiro, Waipa District, Waikato. Saturday the 25th of February 2006. Day two of two.

 

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NZ Rowing Champs 2006 Friday

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Medal presentations 2006 New Zealand Rowing Championships, Lake Karapiro, Waipa District, Waikato. Friday the 24th of February 2006. Day one of two.

 

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Hannahs Shoes Te Awamutu

Hannahs Shoe Shop, Alexandra Street, Te Awamutu, Waipa.

From the series pour Anna.

Published: 9 July 2008

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