What’s on Cambridge New Zealand | Cambridge Cruise Night

Classic Cars Cruise Night, hosted by the Stragglers monthly, meet tonight in Victoria Street starting at 6pm, with the cars arriving a little before then – central Victoria Street, Cambridge, New Zealand. Each month the number of cars changes – so there could be anywhere from 30 to 60 or more classic cars – everyone is invited to come along and have a look.

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand – at Cambridge Museum

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand

Eris Parker curator of Cambridge Museum with the museum’s women’s hat display (1950s and 60s I’m reliably informed). This photograph taken last Thursday was made for an article in today’s Cambridge Edition (October 13, 2010) promoting The High Tea Fashion Show to be held in the Cambridge Town Hall this Sunday.

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand – Dukes For Men

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand

Malcolm McLachlan Dukes For Men

Cambridge CBD retailing stalwart Malcolm McLachlan at his Victoria Street shop Dukes For Men – open for business seven days a week – bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning, Sunday, the 3rd of October 2010. Malcolm tells me he has especially imported Musto label polos and tees with a nautical feel in for the 2010 World Rowing Championships. Entertaining retailing.

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand – St Andrew’s Anglican Church

Welcome to Cambridge New Zealand

St Andrew's Anglican Church, Cambridge, New Zealand

It often comes up in conversation when away from home – when asked where I’m from, the response more often than not – ah! the place with the church on the corner. Well, that and the trees. I may have mentioned this before – passing into the US at San Francisco in the late 80’s I had disembarked ahead of most on the plane in order to catch a domestic flight and paused for a moment to chat with the officer checking my passport – ‘Cambridge New Zealand‘ he said, ‘the town with the beautiful church on the corner my wife and I do enjoy visiting. Sunday morning the 3rd of October 2010.

Peter Lee, Waipa District Council mayoral candidate ctd

Peter Lee on the hustings - Victoria Street bridge approaches

Peter Lee, Waipa District Council mayoral candidate receives both bouquets and brickbats for his in your face get out and electioneer approach. This afternoon, Wednesday, the 29th of September 2010 he either harangues or encourages – depending upon your point of view – folk to vote in Local Elections 2010 as they drive across Victoria Bridge – the high level bridge – connecting Cambridge with Leamington across the Waikato River.

Cambridge New Zealand – an historical missed opportunity

In August of 1964, shortly after my 13th birthday, in my last year at Whitehall School and before 1965’s big move to Cambridge High School, Mr Sutcliffe, our headmaster bought us older kids into town, during school time, to see the unveiling of the Fort Street plaque in that special week leading up to the Cambridge Centennial celebrations. Despite the rain and the briefness of the ceremony it is an experience I recall with absolute clarity. An historic event commemorating an historic Cambridge time and place; it enveloped me personally – vividly – in our history.

In recent days, in June of 2010, I became aware of the work to be carried out in the area we shall call the senior citizen’s hall car park – a not insignificant portion of the ‘historic precinct’ bounded by Victoria and Fort Streets and Milicich Place; the area referred to on the Fort Street plaque.

I took little notice until Wednesday (23/6/2010) when I, at last, walked over to have a look – discovering with more than just a little surprise an archaeological ‘dig’ in progress. I spoke briefly with the site manager and took this photograph of her. The significance of this began to dawn on me in the rather haphazard way that things do when you find yourself out of the loop.

Cambridge NZ dig 23/6/2010

12:19PM Wednesday, 23/June/2010

I walked away somewhat confused and with the promise to return with the means to photograph the site from on high – something it was suggested – was not in the budget. On Wednesday evening I arranged with real estate photographer Jason Tregurtha to use his high tech elevated photography rig to record the site.  Unfortunately this was not to be. I have been kicking myself for the past two days for not having had the presence of mind to ask how much longer the dig would be in progress. Returning to the site 24 hours after my first visit I found the dig all but covered over.

Cambridge Senior Citizen's Hall car park 24/6/2010

12:22PM Thursday, 24/June/2010

So, who could have exercised the foresight, the leadership, the imagination, indeed, who if anyone, has the responsibility or the authority to have grabbed the opportunity to share this with the rest of us? Not in the future, not as a report, but as it was happening.  Who has the responsibility for advocating our cultural and historical heritage? In the week we were being encouraged to celebrate voluntarism who missed the opportunity to seek docents or interpreters – even security – from our community for this project?

Here is a list of the statutory, community, ad hoc and informal offices(ers) who may or may not have had a say in this –  indeed who may have been consulted (or not) – in no particular order: Waipa District Council staff, our elected Waipa representatives, the Cambridge Historical Society Inc. (of which I am a member), the curator of Cambridge Museum, the Waipa District iwi liaison officer, the Waipa Heritage Council (an informal committee of Waipa District Council), the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, the New Zealand Archaeological Association.

I feel let down by those responsible for the care and stewardship of our heritage. What a lost opportunity. Lost a teaching moment – an investment in our future.  Lost a time to savour and share – the opportunity for contemplation and reflection on our heritage. With leadership, effective communications and planning the management of this project in terms of cost, time frame and security could / should have factored community enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise into the dig for the benefit of us all.

We did the elevated shot anyway – for the record – thanks Jason.

Elevated shot Senior Citizen's Hall car park Cambridge

1:38PM Saturday, 25/June/2010 Photo credit: Jason Tregurtha open2view.com

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Cambridge New Zealand – BNZ – Chiefs supporters

BNZ crew

Jackie Hicks,  Jude Macale, Kellie Dromgool,  Gary Pevreal (top), Chris Nel (bottom), Louise Baldock-Mauriri and Denise Clarke – BNZ Partners in Cambridge -the Business & Agirbusiness department of the BNZ. Each BNZ Bank region supports their respective teams by wearing the jerseys on Fridays.

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Cambridge Autumn Festival 2010 – Winter 2010 Fashion & Design ctd.

A short video of folk waiting to attend the Winter 2010 Fashion & Design show at Cambridge Town Hall this evening, Wednesday, the 28th of April 2010. Click on the play button (1.05). (Note: The slide show doesn’t seem to like Chrome 5.0 beta (my browser of choice) but should run OK in the others). Update: Yep! runs in Safari, Firefox and EI 8.0 – Chrome 5.x is a work in progress methinks.

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St Andrews Anglican Church Cambridge NZ

St Andrews Anglican Church Cambridge New Zealand

St Andrews’ Auckland Anniversary Day market day is an annual affair. Today it has many visitors as right along side SH1 traffic crawls home from the long weekend. One attraction is the church itself. As I sit still in a pew for five minutes making this photograph I am intrigued by the comments of those seeing the inside of the church for the first time – I have known it all my life.

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Lions Club of Cambridge

Things may be a little messy around here for a while as I make some aesthetic and structural changes. I have no option but to do this live so please bear with me. You may continue navigating the posts while this is happening though some will appear a little wonky until I make individual adjustments. The page menu is moving to the side bar. The first challenge is to get the images in current posts correctly aligned. The side bar will then be revamped. The idea is to achieve a cleaner look with less distractions and more intuitive navigation both here and on my gallery server.

Photograph: The Lions Club of Cambridge Hot Food caravan parked outside the BNZ in Victoria Street, Cambridge, New Zealand on Wednesday night 06/01/2010 for the January 2010 Cambridge Cruise Night.

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Santa Photos 2009 Cambridge NZ

Santa Photos Cambridge NZ

Friday late nights ’till 8PM, on the 4th, 11th and 18th of December at Wright’s Bookshop Victoria Street. But wait there’s more – Santa will also be at the Town Hall immediately after the parade on Saturday the 5th for photos ’till 4PM.

Check out the proofs online at Hot Shots To Go or pop into 62 Duke Street, Cambridge.

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Cambridge Museum

Waiting for the official bit

Waiting in the front garden of Cambridge Museum at 24 Victoria Street for the ‘official opening’ of the museum’s new exhibitions layout. Today signifies a milestone in the transition begun in June 2008 of the transfer of management of the museum from the Cambridge Historical Society (who retain ownership of the collection) to our local body authority the Waipa District Council. Today’s celebration acknowledges also the centenary of the opening, in 1909, of the museum’s home since 1984 the Cambridge Courthouse.

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