Cambridge Community Marae


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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A final haka for Ben

Update 30/3/2010: The video of Ben’s funeral can be found here.

Above the photo chain made by Chris Strange for Ben’s 24th birthday cake. Today we have been looking at video and stills of Ben’s funeral and making plans to edit and preserve it. Plans to put it online will be complete in a couple of weeks. Below the haka as Ben’s casket is about to leave Ngaruawahia High School on Monday the 26th of October 2009.

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Ben Gilby-Todd

Update 30/3/2010: The video of Ben’s funeral service is available now, below, in this post and here.

Update Sunday 1 November 2009 16:23: This post will remain here but will be modified when a complete video of Monday’s service becomes available. There are two later posts here and here.

Gilby-Todd family photo

Benjamin Joseph Gilby-Todd
26.10.1985 – 8.10.2009

This broadcast originates here and can also be found here.

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Live stream from 2PM Monday 26/10/2009 NZDT

Order of Service

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Mike, Stephanie, Tom, Jan, Jessica and Roxy

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In memory

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A Celebration of Ben’s Life

Gilby-Todd family photo

will be streamed live from 2.00PM NZDT Monday the 26th of October 2009 (New Zealand Daylight Time – is 13 hours ahead of UTC/GMT) here: The link will be live from 12:01AM 26/10/2009 NZDT.

Update 30/3/2010: The video of Ben’s funeral is published here.

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Jury Camellias

Volunteer (chance seedling) This release volunteered itself and seemed appropriate to name for the International Year of Volunteering 2001. Distinctive flowers open soft pink with white edging, deepening throughout the season to dark pink, still with the white edge until the late flowers which may be pure red. Heavy textured full anemone form. Dark foliage and compact growth to 2m. Plant Variety Rights apply in New Zealand and Australia.

I have been here for two days working off and on this and other projects.

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English summer gardens

Mark and Abbie Jury head for English summer gardens:

A couple of weeks of non stop garden visiting may not be everyone’s cup of tea but two heads are better than one and we hope to return inspired with new ideas. One thing is for sure though. When you are travelling across the world, it certainly helps to have good advisors who are switched on to what you want to see. We don’t have time to spend looking at very average gardens or queuing for tourist attractions. We are after hard-core gardening and hard-core gardeners.

Read the full article here: In Search Of Summer Gardens

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