1 August 2018

Update: Day galleries sometimes incomplete & / or roughly edited. So currently; August 2018 day galleries. This site contains roughly 3200 entries from the period 2005 – 2016 some 2200 of which are published, there is a generous collection of deadlinks / out of date info etc. etc. michaeljeans.blog & ello.co/michaeljeans share the same images (mostly). opuahau.nz is for my benefit but you are more than welcome to have a look. About me has some social links.  My Cambridge Waikato project is at kemureti.nz and Facebook and under development at Instagram. 9.8.18

Whitehall Garden Circle 45th Anniversary 9.8.18

Whitehall Garden Circle 45th Anniversary 9.8.18

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KWTJubilee final signing off

Signing the final minutes - KWTJubilee meeting #22

KWTJubilee chair Kevin Roigard signs off Deb Robinson‘s minutes of the Karapiro, Whitehall, Taotaoroa & Karapiro Hydro Schools 125th Jubilee committee’s 22nd, and final, meeting. Those of us involved in the 20 month long project to plan for, and stage, the 24 – 26 September 2010 event met this evening, Monday, the 29th of November 2010 for a celebratory final meeting at Karapiro School. It has all been a great deal of fun. For more – Karapiro School.

Hobbits, Hobbiton, industrial politics and twitter chatter

Hobbits, Hobbiton and Wellington New Zealand
Hobbiton, the film/movie set, is at the very edge of the Cambridge economic and social catchment. Tucked into rolling farmland between Cambridge and Matamata on the Buckland Road – to the east of here – it is now a significant tourist attraction. Hobbiton’s presence has added value to the local economy – which is great. That the fictional Shire is located among those hills in which I grew up has always seemed entirely appropriate to me. This is, of course, sentimental nonsense but does reflect some of the magic I felt about my surroundings when growing up, and still do. I have yet to grasp what is actually happening in the stoush currently surrounding The Hobbit – but here’s hoping this special place does not lose it’s place both in the imagination and the real world.

Overnight (20/10/2010) Twitter chatter for Wellington, New Zealand via Russell Brown.

Russell et el; Hard News: Anatomy of a Shambles

The ‘official’ KWT Jubilee photos

The ‘official’ KWT Jubilee photos are being uploaded here. This will take a day or so. If you see an omission or mistake please email me. Those who ordered with registration or on the day should receive their photos late next week. Once I have everything uploaded I will put a form in place for new orders. Please check out the KWTJubilee website for updates.

Take The Bus!! On Saturday Night

A bus will be leaving Leamington Bus Shelter (outside the Leamington Medical Centre, Leamington Shopping Centre, Shakespeare Street, Leamington) at 5:40PM SHARP and the Cambridge Town Hall Bus Shelter (Lake Street, Cambridge) at 5:45PM SHARP on Saturday evening.

Return by minibus can be arranged to suit during the evening.

A small charge will be made.

KWTJubilee merchandise

Coffee mugs, wine glasses, beer handles and pens

Coffee mugs, beer handles, wine glasses and pens. If you don’t have a forward order you had better be in quick! On sale from Friday. KWTJubilee is on this weekend. Remember that Whitehall and Karapiro Schools will be open from noon Friday 24 September 2010 until noon Saturday 25 September 2010 please feel free to have a wander around. Name tag pickup at both Whitehall and Karapiro schools from noon Friday as well.

Extending WordPress – WP3.0

I haven’t spent much time with the .ORG version of WordPress recently but now have a couple of projects, on that platform, in need of attention. So, I returned last night to Whitehall.CO.NZ – neglected for the past 10 months – and had a play. Updating to WordPress (Version 3.0) – the version released in the past few days – is now fully automated, as is the bulk updating of installed plugins (a new feature). BTW I make the point, when asked (well, so does everyone else); WordPress.ORG (selfhosted) is the more flexible, the more exciting, and if you have the time, the more extendible – while WordPress.COM (WordPress hosted) is, for the content provider who doesn’t want to be bothered with too much computer geekery, the safe, cuddly, secure choice. There is a third way, I have only become aware of recently, which sort of sits between the two – here is a good example Waihi East Primary School. I have only had a cursory look at this and their web host provider – but it appears to be the best of both worlds (while you are there you had better get your head around this). There are bound to be others offering a version of this service. If you are tossing up between the various WordPress options have a look here first: About WordPress. If you want to go down the self hosted track read this: WordPress hosting. If not rock on over to WordPress.COM and create an account (you will want to create a .COM account whatever you decide – to handle spam and stats.) and have a play, it’s free and you can’t break anything. Anyway back at Whitehall.CO.NZ;  I had a play with a grid theme to come up with this for a front page:

Whitehall.CO.NZ

I’m fairly certain I could have done this with WP2.9 but never got around to it. Also, in my rush, I have over looked the fact that this theme is not listed as being 3.0 compatible – and that it appears to be based on code that is most probably much more flexible than I have the time to delve into. It is not quite what I want but the idea is there. Oh, and if you haven’t heard about WordCamp then check this out. I’m going to WordCampNZ in August.

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CENTENARY 100 Years of Education in the Taotaoroa Whitehall Karapiro Districts. 1885 — 1985

This is a digitized version of CENTENARY 100 Years of Education in the Taotaoroa Whitehall Karapiro Districts. 1885 — 1985 researched and complied by Phyllis Jeans, typed by Lesley Sewell and published in October 1985.

This document also appears here.

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Bruce Jeans – Memories – Cambridge Probus (NZ)

Written in June last year and presented yesterday the 17 March 2010 to Cambridge Men’s Probus Club here is the text of Dad’s Memories presentation.

Bruce Jeans | Animal Stories | Memories of Whitehall

As a boy I grew up on the farm in Whitehall eight miles out of Cambridge and spent all of my working life on that farm. During that period I experienced many aspects of animal and bird behaviour and looking back I realise that our so called domesticated animals still retain some elements of their wild ancestors’ instinct for survival and sometimes even seem almost to think in human terms.

The following incidents are drawn from those memories and from stories I was told starting with a story of a cat told by my mother.

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Wholly cow on Radio NZ National Country Life

Wholly cow on Radio NZ National Country Life

Early this afternoon Carol Stiles from RNZ National Country Life rings asking for use of the Tom Andrews Wholly Cow portrait. If you missed the item you can listen here during the coming week. I guess this is my little bit of support for RadioNZ – join the Facebook group. photo ref.

Links: Cambridge Farmers’ Market | ditto

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KwtJubilee.co.nz

Just after 11 o’clock on Saturday the 5th of October 1985 this table cloth was used for the centennial cake cutting celebrating 100 years of education in Whitehall, Karapiro and Taotaoroa districts. In September 2010 the same cloth – with updated embroidery – will serve a similar purpose at the Karapiro, Whitehall, Taotaoroa and Karapiro Hydro Schools 125th Jubilee. For more information please visit the website.

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Aileen Grant

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This video of Aileen’s funeral service held on Wednesday the 2nd of September 2009 at St Stephens Anglican Church, Tamahere, Hamilton, New Zealand is password protected. If you have not been provided with the password kindly contact Celia.

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Aileen Grant – Live Feed

Aileen

Aileen Mary GRANT (née Duncan) peacefully passed away with family at her side in Waikato Hospital on 29 August 2009 at 12.20am after a sudden development. Dearly loved wife and lifelight of Robert Barrington Grant, inspirational, vibrant mother and friend of daughters Celia and Adrienne, son-in-law John Lee, and Greg Locke. Sister and sister-in-law of Warrick and Marion Duncan, Beverley and Don Rogers (California), Bruce and Leonie Duncan (both deceased), and Stuart and Cornelia Grant. Much loved auntie and friend of Steven and Jung Won Moore and Katie Moore (California), Janine and Mark Duncan, Lyrae, Gene and Carla Duncan, and Maria, Sophia and Helen Grant. Devoted great-niece of David Savill.

Vibrant, strong, flame of LOVE
Living on forever,
Her Spirit soaring free.

Our thanks to the caring team of surgeons and healthcare professionals who did their utmost, yet when that was not enough, did everything to make her last hours dignified and free of pain.

Service to be held at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Tamahere, corner of S.H.1. and Airport Road on Wednesday 2nd September at 1pm.

1300 hours NZST Wednesday 2nd of September 2009 (0100 Hours UTC 02/08/2009 | Pacific Daylight Time 6:00PM Tuesday 01/09/2009). See previous post or go to Whitehall.co.nz.

Photograph supplied.

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Preparing music

Warwick Duncan, Debbie Nisbet and Celia Grant prepare music for tomorrow’s funeral service for Aileen Grant – Warwick’s sister and Celia’s mother – at St Stephens Church Tamahere this evening Tuesday the 1st of September 2009. (Service to be held at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Tamahere, corner of S.H.1. and Airport Road on Wednesday 2nd September at 1pm.)

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Webcam streaming test

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Live broadcast details to come. 1300 hours NZST Wednesday 2nd of September 2009 (0100 Hours UTC 02/08/2009 | Pacific Daylight Time 6:00PM Tuesday 01/09/2009). The name of this post will be changed but the URL will remain the same. Channel

Note: Next test between 11AM and noon this morning 1/09/2009.

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A visit to the ‘other’ French Pass

By Janet Gardner

With all the discussion lately about the origins of the French Pass Road in Cambridge maybe a reference to the French Pass in the Marlborough Sounds is appropriate. It had been our long-held ambition to visit the ‘other’ French Pass from the one here in Cambridge on which we have lived for many years. And in March of this year we did just that.

The big rig TARUNA photographed beside the Rai Valley Sign at the turnoff on SH6 between Nelson and Picton.

The big rig TARUNA photographed beside the Rai Valley Sign at the turnoff on SH6 between Nelson and Picton.

French Pass is situated in the Marlborough Sounds, at the top of the South Island. To get there, we turned off SH 6 between Nelson and Blenheim at the Rai Valley sign- post. The 64 km drive to French Pass is truly spectacular. The narrow and winding road passes through dense bush and seaside settlements. It is sealed to Elaine Bay. The remaining section is unsealed, travelling through open farmland with wandering stock, cattle stops, loose metal, dust and corrugations. It is not for the faint hearted. We were however, rewarded with magnificent sea views in all directions including the French Pass itself and D’Urville Island to the North. It is a two hour journey each way.

The actual passage of water, the French Pass, between D'Urville Island and the mainland.

The actual passage of water, the French Pass, between D'Urville Island and the mainland.

We knew of the local connection with Dave and Joyce Leov, originally from the Marlborough Sounds, who lived in Whitehall for many years. It was Dave Leov’s father Harold, who chaired the committee on the construction of the Croisilles-French Pass Road. Completed in 1957, it was surveyed and funded by the Government but constructed essentially by the local families, including Harold Leov and his sons Dave and Charlie. Dave’s widow Joyce, still lives in Cambridge.

French Pass Settlement, wharf, houses etc

French Pass Settlement, wharf, houses etc

The settlement of French Pass is situated opposite D’Urville Island and the turbulent piece of water, known as the French Pass Passage. Also called Te Aumiti, here the water races through the 800 metre passage creating whirlpools, eddies and currents of up to 8 knots. It is an awesome sight, feared and respected by all mariners and simply breath taking for the tourist. Once navigated by the Maori in canoes, it was the French Sea Captain J. S. C. Dumont D’Urville on board his Corvette ‘Astrolabe’, who made his dramatic navigation through the swirling waters of the Pass on 27 January, 1827, clipping the reef twice and nearly costing him his life and that of his crew. He called the area Passe des Francais.

It was also the home of Pelorus Jack, the legendary dolphin who achieved national protection and international fame for regularly escorting vessels through the Pass between 1888 and 1912.

The Welcome Sign on the Wharf......dont you love it??

The Welcome Sign on the Wharf......dont you love it??

We found the French Pass settlement of today, to be a quiet fishing, farming and tourist village with a jetty, safe swimming and anchorage, picnic areas and a DOC campsite. There is a garage with essentials, diesel and petrol and a local store. We wandered along the beach and onto the jetty, talked to a few locals and watched a fishing boat carefully negotiate the waters of the Pass. The local school, established in 1882, is now used for summer school camps.

And while our visit and its description gives no further clue as to how the French Pass Road in Cambridge got its name, it does however give us an insight into an area with a very long history and the conclusion that it could be ours, which is the ‘other’ French Pass.

Janet, husband Christopher and family own Taruna Farm, French Pass Rd, Whitehall, Cambridge, New Zealand.

This article first appeared in the 17th of July 2009 edition of Your Cambridge News.

PS ‘Our’ French Pass

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Bullrush or kingasini

We are thinking about school around here today – for a couple of reasons. Dad is writing up his memories and I have been involved for the past six weeks or so in preparatory meetings for the Karapiro, Whitehall, Taotaoroa and Karapiro Hydro district schools 125th Jubilee we will celebrate in September next year. This week we launched the website which will be used to publicize the celebrations. Dad, my sister and brother and I attended Whitehall primary; my mother went to Taotaoroa. The history of all four schools – two of which no longer exist – are bound up with one another. Check out the website if you are interested.

Dad (at Whitehall in the 1930s) asks me about the word kingasini. Yes, we played bullrush or kingasini in the 1950s and 1960s – at Whitehall (I recall we used the two names interchangeably – or were there two variations each having their own name – a vague memory is saying yes). I have a photograph here which shows the exact place we used to play it – the large bare patch in the lower portion of this photo – an area that was later grassed.

Whitehall School Archive

I can find three references to Kingasini: Tommy Kapai‘s delightful 29th September 2008 Bay of Plenty Times article Ding-dong of bullrush can teach our kids plenty (Omanu School). John Saunders’ Memories from Onehunga Primary School… on Old Friends and  Kitty Arnold (Whelan) Memories from St Pius X School (Glen Innes)… also on Old Friends. Wikipedia mentions bullrush as an antipodean variant of the British game Bulldogs and provides a whole lot of other names but not Kingasini – I wonder where the name came from?

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From typewriter to digital whiteboard

Twenty-Five or so years ago when my Mum – Phyllis Jeans – gathered the material for Centenary 100 Years of Education in the Taotaoroa Whitehall Karapiro Districts. 1885 – 1985 [ISBN 0-473-00307-4] the manuscript was typed (by Lesley Sewell) and set again for the printing presses at Cambridge Independent. We on the other hand have access to all the current digital tools enabling us to share and edit documents from home – view them online at meetings and share much more readily and rapidly to a greater audience the fruits of our research and planning. Above the Karapiro, Whitehall, Taotaoroa and Karapiro Hydro Schools’ 125th Jubilee committee meets at Karapiro School this Thursday evening the 4th of June 2009. The 125th Jubilee is being held in September 2010.

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Ripening plums

This year’s Sharps Early crop is lighter than 2007’s bumper one. Far and away my favourite plum – I have known it all my life – harvested, as it is, at this special time of the year. Our tree is a cutting from the tree at Whitehall. Dad is still making relish from fruit frozen last December. His plum relish seasoned meatloaf is very tasty.

The short history of a tree: Dad says he is fairly certain the tree comes from the Scholes farm, next door to ours, at Whitehall (if you have reason to visit Whitehall Quarry – the remnants of this orchard can be seen to your left as you come up the rise from the bridge after leaving Whitehall Road). Trees grown from cuttings from the Leamington tree can, in turn, be found on properties on Mount Pirongia, in Te Puke, at Maungatautari and here in Leamington – if you know where to look. 

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