FreshChoice Leamington 9/10/2012

And no, I haven’t gone all advertorial.

The opening of a third supermarket within a town of 16/17000 population (discounting those living in our not inconsiderable hinterland) will have significant effects upon the patterns of movement, commerce and socialising within Cambridge. FreshChoice Leamington opened at 10 this morning, Tuesday, the 9th of October 2012 to speeches, a ribbon cutting, bagpipes and refreshments. Located in Leamington, the southern or western half of Cambridge (depending on your point of reference – the Waikato River or your compass), the enterprise is a franchise within the Australian owned Progressive Enterprises group. Oops @leamington Twitter handle; Sorry, that user is suspended – just saying!

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Whareora Leamington New Zealand

Whare ora Leamington New Zealand

Whare ora Leamington New Zealand

The highest point in Leamington, indeed Cambridge as a whole, the property bounded by Burns, Thompson, Goldsmith and Coleridge Streets – home now to the expanding green fields development Lauriston Park Retirement Village.

Burns Street House – ‘Whareora’ Cambridge Museum

This large Victorian villa on the hill in Leamington was built over the summer of 1901/02 by William Hogan for £842 for William and Mary Rout.

There are 38 trees on the Waipa Protected Tree List, most of them planted by William before his death in 1909. These trees include some beautiful old camellias and rhododendrons.

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Cambridge Leamington Tornado 7:33AM

Noted 0806 hrs NZST 08/06/2010: This article / post and accompanying photographs refers to the tornado which struck Cambridge and Leamington New Zealand on 17/10/2008.

Lost roof and collapsed ceiling in Burns Street across from the Cambridge Tavern which also sustained damage.

For the record 06 11 2008 This is Jacqui Kilburn in her Burns Street home (ref. Cambridge Edition 22/10/08). I see a brand new roof on the house today.

Some thoughts at 21:49
Of an event so profound and so close to home I spent just a little over 30 minutes taking photographs. This may seem surprising given my propensity to make images day in and day out. A lot of images have been made by others and I trust these, still and moving, will be collected together in a permanent record.

Today was a busy one for me and I had to tear myself away. I am not a reporter I am documenting my time and place and the few images here are as much my experience of what occured as it is of those who allowed me to photograph them.

The tornado hit at about 3AM. When I woke at 4 I realised the power was off and it seemed very dark. I first heard about the tornado some time after 6:30 from the radio. The tornado passed by some 1.5KM away from my house.

I can’t say I didn’t want to get back out and take more photos but this was not possible.

No doubt it fell to someone to see the big picture, to coordinate what needed to be done, but it is surprisingly disconcerting even in a community of some 16,000 persons, a small town, not to be able to appreciate the full extent of what has occured.

Oh and one little niggle. I saw Leamington refered to as a suburb of Cambridge. Well, we don’t do suburbs around here – yet. Leamington is one half of Cambridge – for convenience most of us will say Leamington is a part of Cambridge – which it is – but it is also uniquely different in both history and character.

Besides there is a large river niftily seperating the two.

Edited 11:45 9/11/2008: One sentence that didn’t make sense.