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Food and Entertainment in Cultural Village

Words & photo: Geoff Lewis Julia Jeanplong with her divine Lecso which she will demonstrate at the show. Julia Jeanplong loves food. The vivacious 24-year-old was born in Hungary, arrived in New Zealand as a toddler and these days demonstrates her interest in Hungarian cuisine with vivid descriptions of ingredients and flavours. Hamilton and the Waikato are home to more than 160 cultural groups and this growing diversity is expressed in the range of entertainments and culinary offerings which are a key part of the Waikato Show's Cultural Village. Julia is looking forward to demonstrating to Waikato Show [...]

Band of brothers open Waikato Show

Words & photo: Geoff Lewis A band of brothers, and recent Auckland Folk Festival award winners for excellence in music, will kick-off the entertainment schedule at this year's Waikato Show. Laurence, 15, Sam 14 and Nate 10 are Rhodeworks. The home-schooled kids, of Tracy Frangos and Bruce Rhodes, live on a lifestyle block not far from Hamilton and are often supported by mum and dad on bass and guitar. The siblings have learned to play musical instruments from an early age and performed extensively in New Zealand, at the Auckland and Wellington folk festivals, and overseas. Tutored by Hamilton guitarist [...]

Community connection focus of Neighbourhood Support

Words & photo: Geoff Lewis Neighbourhood Support groups cover about 22 per cent of dwellings in Hamilton but the coverage could always be better, says Neighbourhood Support area co-ordinator, John Evered. Based in what was the Hamilton North community policing centre, the job of Neighbourhood Support is to act as a liaison within the community and between the community and the police. ''Neighbourhood Support exists to help put the community back into the community. If there is an emergency in your neighbourhood, it is great to know there is support around. It really came into its own during the Christchurch [...]

  • Women in Architecture

Encouraging women into Architecture

Words: Geoff Lewis Encouraging women into architecture - as a profession - is the aim of Waikato Women in Architecture says group member, Hamilton architect and heritage consultant, Laura Kellaway. The group, collectively launched in 2015, plans to have a presence in the Boutique Autumn HomeXPO, run in association with the Waikato Show this April. Laura says, ''we formed as a group from women who work at all levels of architecture, from students and graduates to professionals in design, interiors and quantity surveyors. We are about supporting women in our region and showing that women can do anything. ''There are three [...]

  • Antique Fair

Alluring antiques on offer

Words & photo: Geoff Lewis Deirdre Field has always enjoyed collecting things and started in Auckland more than 50 years ago. After a varied working life, including working as an antiques dealer, Huntly-based Diedre, 77, will host a stand in the Antiques Fair as part of The Waikato Show this April. About to move to the South Island, Deirdre is selling up a selection of choice collectibles including a large, signed, portrait of 'The Boot' Don Clark; Waikato rugby representative and legendary All Black. There’s also an early Air New Zealand poster, showing its flight routes as they were in [...]

Book Worms Welcome!

Words & photo: Geoff Lewis Despite massive in-roads of technology, the traditional book still has many fans and book fairs continue to be a key source of revenue for community service groups including East Hamilton Lions. The group will host another of its regular book fairs as part of the Waikato Show this April. Member and book fair organiser, John Mayo, said the group holds its main fair at Peachgrove Intermediate School in July where it generates between $10,000 and $20,000. The group has donated to causes including Blue Light ventures, a police-based initiative which works with children and young [...]

A Show too good to miss

Words & photo: Geoff Lewis The Waikato Show's Schools Day Out programme is an opportunity too good to miss, say Fairfield Primary School deputy principals Rob Newton and Lisa Deane. The Schools Day Out is a free one-day learning programme open to all primary and intermediate school students in Hamilton and the Waikato. Students come with their teachers and parents and visit 10 interactive learning stations. These are located throughout the event and display an information board and a hands-on activity in which students can participate. Fairfield deputy principals, Rob Newton and Lisa Deane, welcomed the Schools Day Out as [...]

Ethical clothes Sarah’s aim

Words & photo: Geoff Lewis Sarah Wolf has an ideal - to offer women the opportunity to obtain clothing in a way that is ethically justifiable and environmentally sustainable. Originally from Ireland, Sarah works for the Waikato Environment Centre and has a background in marketing and communications, particularly in the not-for-profit sector. ''Much of our clothing is made by people working in poor conditions, who are paid very little, in countries where there are few protections for workers’ rights. Fashion should be fun but not at the cost of the environment or people's lives. I ask people to consider where their clothes [...]

Military memories rekindled at show

Words & photo: Geoff Lewis Ross Wardlaw loves collecting military medals - you can see it in the way his eyes light up as he handles the bronze and gold and coloured ribbons. Wardlaw is the national president of the King's Empire Veterans (KEV), a group that represents former service men and women. A former army cook, the decision to join the New Zealand military came when he was given a hard choice by his school headmaster. After 23 years’ service, including a stint in Vietnam where he was contaminated by the infamous Agent Orange defoliant, he eventually left the [...]

  • All about the books

Bring on the books!

Words & photo: Geoff Lewis New titles, working authors and educational kits are included in an upcoming library show with the strong intention of keeping libraries relevant. This is the key aim of All About the Books, a section of the Waikato Show organised by Hamilton City Libraries. Children and teens librarian, Su Bradburn, said the aim was to have a presence - on behalf of city libraries - which would include local authors and illustrators Kat Merewether and Deborah Hinde. The pair will be working on-site providing an interesting attraction for the public and especially children. ''We will be [...]

  • Hamilton Community Centre of Music

Learning music a family affair

Words & photo: Geoff Lewis Rototuna mum, Kerryn Ferguson and her daughters Zoe (9) and Caitlyn (7) enjoy music thanks to the Hamilton Community Centre of Music. The three are not unusual in the centre - which has more than 300 students and often attracts older students returning to music and, in Kerryn's case, with her children. "I grew up in Gisborne and studied violin, until I was about 14, in classical and a bit of Celtic Scottish style. I got back into it at the centre about three years ago. I'd always been interested and my older sister, Michelle, [...]

  • E Bikes on show

Is your pushbike an e-bike yet?

Words: Geoff Lewis (photos supplied by Wk Enviro Centre) Hamilton man Bruce McKenzie is keen on engineering and sustainability. Recently he became an ‘associate’ with MeloYelo — a trust focused on popularising electric transport and encouraging young people into engineering careers. Formerly from Taranaki, he moved to Hamilton to be closer to grandkids and recently became involved with EVolocity, a trust established to supply electric motors and batteries to groups of secondary school students so they could build their own race cars and race them. That was when Taupo-based entrepreneur Rob McEwan established MeloYelo as a social enterprise and an [...]