Kites on the Polo grounds Lamb Street Leamington

2011 Cambridge Family Kite Day

A sunny, Saturday, autumn afternoon in Leamington – and kites. The wind is a little patchy – but there is plenty to watch. From the big and bold to the subtle – the almost not there, the slick to the aerodynamically challenged. The 2011 Kite Days have been the initiative of the Waipa District Council folk – the ones in the blue tshirts. I particularly like this idea and the other almost lighter than air string affair featured in the day gallery.

Cambridge Community Marae

Cambridge Community Marae

Cambridge Community Marae is situated on the corner of Bracken Street and Pope Terrace in Leamington and overlooks Cambridge across the Waikato River. Approximately one kilometre from Cambridge Town Centre, the complex provides ideal accommodation for small or large groups and provides large dining and marae areas, off road parking, spacious lawn areas, full kitchen facilities with walk in chiller.

Centrally located and minutes away from Lake KarapiroHamilton Airport and Mystery Creek Events Centre. A one hour drive to TaurangaRotorua and Raglan and 90 minutes to Auckland and Taupo.

Cambridge Community Marae

Cambridge NZ to Lake Karapiro cycleway-walkway Ctd.

The Cambridge to Lake Karapiro portion of Te Awa – the Great New Zealand River Ride (Ngaruawahia to Horahora). Although yet to appear in the Waikato portion of Te Araroa the national cycleway-walkway. The westerly end begins at the intersection of Carlyle Street where Browning Street becomes Maungatautari Road in Leamington. Some 6km in length, give or take, and running alongside Maungatautari Road (and the Waikato River – a paddock or so to the north) through Pukekura to Judd Lane at Lake Karapiro. The eastern portion at the Karapiro Hydro dam end is interesting – a cantilevered boardwalk arrangement below the place called Crows Nest (Redoubt) or Te Tiki o te Ihingarangi just as you drop down to the dam.

WRCH2010 Park & Ride Blue P1 Lamb Street Leamington New Zealand

WRCH2010 Park & Ride Blue P1 (Cambridge Polo grounds) Lamb Street Leamington NZ
There are 1600 plus vehicles in the WRCH2010 Park & Ride Blue P1 Lamb Street car park at the Cambridge Polo grounds, on the Cambridge greenbelt, here in Leamington New Zealand at 2:45pm this afternoon the 5th of November 2010. We are looking directly towards Lake Karapiro from here – at a distance of approximately 6km as the crow flies. Beyond the cars – the buses lined up on Roto-o-rangi Road to carry folk to and return them from the venue.

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand – WRCH2010 Park & Ride Blue

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand

Corner Lamb and Carlyle Streets Leamington
A delightful contrast in building styles. The portacom? arrived in the past few of days and will no doubt service Park & Ride Blue (northern and western traffic) for the 2010 Rowing World Championshipswhich I take to be the paddock to our right. Silage has been harvested and the big green bales removed this morning – a very productive form of grooming. Beyond – the ubiquitous Rosswood Contour Barn – we have always referred to them simply as Rosswood hay barns – manufactured right here in the heart of Leamington. Beyond the former Leamington Dairy Factory (c.1910 – I might have this date slightly wrong). We are on the Cambridge greenbelt on the corner of  Lamb Street, Rotoorangi Road and Carlyle Street in Leamington, New Zealand.

ALL northern traffic from Auckland, Hamilton and the western areas is expected to use this facility. Traffic coming from the north on State Highway 1 will be diverted down State Highway 1B at Taupiri and will then proceed towards Tamahere to Mystery Creek Road. Here, Auckland vehicles will meet Hamilton traffic which will be advised to use State Highway 3. The routes will converge and proceed down Kaipaki Road to the parking area.

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand – Pukekura District

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand

Pukekura District sign Maungatautari Road Cambridge New Zealand

The Cambridge – Karapiro cycleway walkway our portion of the Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride passes, in the west, from the Cambridge greenbelt on the edge of Leamington, through Pukekura along Maungatautari Road, to Lake Karapiro Hydro Dam to the east. Pukekura is one of eighteen mostly rural districts forming the hinterland surrounding Cambridge.

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand – water tower SH1 Hamilton Road

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand

Water tower SH1 Hamilton Road Cambridge New Zealand

If you want to have a look it’s best to stop and wander into the small park. A good place for a quick break and a cup of tea. Built in 1903 the water tower is found beside Resthaven Resthome in Paine Park – part of the Cambridge greenbelt on the corner of Vogel Street and Hamilton Road SH1 on the western edge of Cambridge.

North Island Pony Club Show Jumping Champs 18/01/2010

Caroline Kennedy on Kala Bella and Dianna Kennedy

Cambridge team member Caroline Kennedy on Kala Bella discusses the course with Cambridge team manager (and mum) Dianna Kennedy shortly before a successful round this afternoon at the 2010 North Island Pony Club Show Jumping Championships at Leamington Rugby Sports Club grounds, Carlyle Street, Leamington, New Zealand. There are more photographs of the Cambridge team in the Day gallery for 18/1/2010.

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North Island Pony Club Show Jumping Champs 2010

The Waikato colours jump

Working bee. Volunteers set up jump rails this Sunday morning 17/1/2010 at Leamington Rugby Sports grounds on the Cambridge / Leamington greenbelt in Carlyle Street Leamington New Zealand in preparation for the North Island Pony Club Show Jumping Championships to be held tomorrow & Tuesday the 18th & 19th of January 2010.

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Cambridge Community Marae

Tipene

Second cousins Avaria and Hawaikirangi – both great grand children of Te Mana and Sophie Tipene – at their whanau noho marae along with 45 other family members, today Thursday the 7th of January 2010. The family sleepover is a chance to learn about their family heritage and strengthen family ties. Cambridge Community Marae is located on the corner of Pope Terrace / Cambridge Road and Bracken Street Leamington.

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SUB Series Cambridge

The colourful drafting lanes on the greenbelt Lamb Street Leamington moments before the despatch, by Sarah Ulmer, of the 58km cycle road race which takes riders from Leamington through the districts of Pukekura, Rotoorangi, Puahue, Parawera and Monovale and back to the start finish here at Leamington.

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North Island Pony Club Show Jumping Championships

Horse and rider, competing in the North Island Pony Club Show Jumping Championships, clear jumps painted in Waikato rugby colours at Leamington Sports ground this afternoon, Monday, the 19th of January 2009. The competition, in it’s 25th year, continues tomorrow.

Update 8:20 19 01 2009: Further information on this event:  vjohnston@farmside.co.nz or 07 827 2786.

Update 14/01/2010: 24th or 25th? The 2010 programme is here.

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The No 8 wire attitude

This does get on Dad’s wick, and mine. The number of folk who insist on inverting the meaning of the phrase a No 8 wire solution. Just in the past couple of weeks, in a letter to the editor of The Herald, a couple of learned blokes from somewhere down the line opined that we need to lose our No 8 Wire Attitude, confusing it I am sure, with another Kiwi favourite ‘She’ll Be Right‘.

To us the term means innovation and creativity. Finding a practical solution for an immediate need. Utilising scarce resources with lateral thinking. Above all it is about delivering a solution that works.

No 8 the soft, low tensile wire used for fencing New Zealand was still ubiquitous as I grew up. It took me a week to find this. As it happens it was under my nose just a few hundred metres from here. A No 8 wire solution of beautiful, minimalist simplicity.

A sporting Cambridge Sunday


2:32PM Rob Waddell, Mahé Drysdale and Nathan Cohen on the winners podium at the 2008 North Island Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro. There is more about the race on rowingnz.com.

A full gallery of the North Island Rowing Championships medal winners can be found at www.hotshotstogo.co.nz.

5:06PM Winners of the 2008 Keyte Watson held on the Cambridge Polo Club grounds on Lamb Street Leamington.

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