Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Spice of Life

My choice from a week's work at Hawke's Bay Today ☺ 

(including at times, photos for the Napier Courierthe Hastings Leader,

L-R: Margaret Trimmer, Hastings, Marion Cornthwaite, Takapau - 8km McDonald's Walk/run, from Haumoana to Clive, one of four events in The New Hawke's Bay Today Country2Coast. photograph
Got the proof
L-R: Margaret Trimmer, Hastings, Marion Cornthwaite, Takapau - 8km McDonald's Walk/run, from Haumoana to Clive, one of four events in The New Hawke's Bay Today Country2Coast.

L-R: Jody Larcelet, Hastings, Erena Shing, Havelock North, finish line at Clive - The New Hawke's Bay Today Country2Coast. photograph
Worth it
L-R: Jody Larcelet, Hastings, Erena Shing, Havelock North, finish line at Clive - The New Hawke's Bay Today Country2Coast.

L-R: Neil Fergus, Napier City Rovers, Jono Steele, Palmerston North Marist - NCR beat Palmerston North Marist 4-1, soccer, football at Park Island, Napier. photograph
Not out
L-R: Neil Fergus, Napier City Rovers, Jono Steele, Palmerston North Marist - NCR beat Palmerston North Marist 4-1, soccer, football at Park Island, Napier.

Major Alister Irwin, Salvation Army Napier, Napier, with collection buckets for the annual Red Shield Appeal. photograph
Looking for support
Major Alister Irwin, Salvation Army Napier, Napier, with collection buckets for the annual Red Shield Appeal.

Seagulls wait in the dirt as a tractor ploughs a paddock on the corner of Pakowhai Rd and the Hawke's Bay Expressway, Napier. photograph
Looking for worms?
Seagulls wait in the dirt as a tractor ploughs a paddock on the corner of Pakowhai Rd and the Hawke's Bay Expressway, Napier.

Hand-picking Syrah grapes from Cape Crest Vineyard, Te Awanga, for Clearview Estate Winery, Te Awanga. photograph
 Best of the best
Hand-picking Syrah grapes from Cape Crest Vineyard, Te Awanga, for Clearview Estate Winery, Te Awanga.

L-R: Mike Whelan, secretary, Bruce Cowie, vice-chairman, Evan Le Cheminant, chairman, Menzshed Hastings - pictured in their new clubrooms in the old changing rooms at the former Hastings Netball Courts in Sylvan Rd, Hastings. photograph
Changing rooms
L-R: Mike Whelan, secretary, Bruce Cowie, vice-chairman, Evan Le Cheminant, chairman, Menzshed Hastings - pictured in their new clubrooms in the old changing rooms at the former Hastings Netball Courts in Sylvan Rd, Hastings.

L-R: Anna Cudby, Central, Etana Luki, All In; Jade Poi, Proactive Hastings High School Old Girls HHSOG, Summer Taylor, Outkasts; Susan Benge, Havelock North, Nichola Heremaia, Otane - Super 6 netball, premier club competition at Pettigrew.Green Arena, Taradale, Napier. photograph
Jumping girls
L-R: Anna Cudby, Central, Etana Luki, All In; Jade Poi, Proactive Hastings High School Old Girls HHSOG, Summer Taylor, Outkasts; Susan Benge, Havelock North, Nichola Heremaia, Otane - Super 6 netball, premier club competition at Pettigrew.Green Arena, Taradale, Napier.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Moving Pictures

My choice of video from a week's work at Hawke's Bay Today ☺

8km McDonald's Walk/run, from Haumoana to Clive, one of four events in The New Hawke's Bay Today Country2Coast. photograph
8km McDonald's Walk/run, from Haumoana to Clive
Four roads lead to Clive
About 650 people took part in today's Hawke's Bay Today Country2Coast, with courses on the Rotary Pathways from Puketapu, Haumoana, Napier and Clive.

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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Spice of Life

My choice from a week's work at Hawke's Bay Today ☺ 

(including at times, photos for the Napier Courierthe Hastings Leader,
ella Potter, 2, Taradale - Taradale locals and visitors, young and old alike, commemorated Anzac Day at the Taradale Memorial Clock Tower, Taradale, Napier. photograph
Too young to know
Bella Potter, 2, Taradale - Taradale locals and visitors, young and old alike, commemorated Anzac Day at the Taradale Memorial Clock Tower, Taradale, Napier.

Jeff Green, coach, Waitakere Rangers - Indigo Hawks, Bay Hawks vs Super City Rangers, Waitakere Rangers - basketball at Pettigrew.Green Arena, Taradale, Napier. photograph
C'mon ref
Jeff Green, coach, Waitakere Rangers - Indigo Hawks, Bay Hawks vs Super City Rangers, Waitakere Rangers - basketball at Pettigrew.Green Arena, Taradale, Napier.

Zara Monrad collected a 230g feijoa from a tree at her home in Hastings. photograph
Big is beautiful
Zara Monrad collected a 230g feijoa from a tree at her home in Hastings.

L-R: Andrew Norris, Sophia Roydhouse-Ross, Jess Norris, Amber Roydhouse-Ross were amongst family and friends at the Hawke's Bay Airport, Napier, welcoming home the undefeated Hawke's Bay under-15 girls' hockey invitational Australian tour team who are back from a 12-day competition in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney. photograph
 Welcome home
L-R: Andrew Norris, Sophia Roydhouse-Ross, Jess Norris, Amber Roydhouse-Ross were amongst family and friends at the Hawke's Bay Airport, Napier, welcoming home the undefeated Hawke's Bay under-15 girls' hockey invitational Australian tour team who are back from a 12-day competition in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney.

Saili Fiso, Hastings Giants Boxing Academy, Hastings, preview for a boxing tournament this weekend. photograph
Ready for battle
Saili Fiso, Hastings Giants Boxing Academy, Hastings, preview for a boxing tournament this weekend.

Mitch Ewart, salesman, Rivers to Ranges, a retailer in Hastings, dressed in the Veil range of Hunter's Element brand of digital camoflauge clothing, holding a Remington Versa Max semi-automatic shotgun for a story about duckshooting season which starts next week. photograph
You can't see me
Mitch Ewart, salesman, Rivers to Ranges, a retailer in Hastings, dressed in the Veil range of Hunter's Element brand of digital camoflauge clothing, holding a Remington Versa Max semi-automatic shotgun for a story about duckshooting season which starts next week. 

With ball: Kareem Johnson - Indigo Hawks, Bay Hawks vs Super City Rangers, Waitakere Rangers - basketball at Pettigrew.Green Arena, Taradale, Napier. photograph
Getting puffed
With ball: Kareem Johnson - Indigo Hawks, Bay Hawks vs Super City Rangers, Waitakere Rangers - basketball at Pettigrew.Green Arena, Taradale, Napier.

Quinn Fogerty (red), Central Hawke's Bay; Darrius Tregoweth (blue), Feilding - Open 15 years 56kg 3 x 2 minute rounds - Giants Boxing Academy Tournament at Hastings Intermediate School, Hastings. photograph
Blood sport
Quinn Fogerty (red), Central Hawke's Bay; Darrius Tregoweth (blue), Feilding - Open 15 years 56kg 3 x 2 minute rounds - Giants Boxing Academy Tournament at Hastings Intermediate School, Hastings.

With ball: Number 14, Hemi Waerea, MAC - Premier rugby, MAC vs Tamatea, at Ron Giorgi Park, Flaxmere, Hastings. photograph
Hop, skip and a jump
With ball: Number 14, Hemi Waerea, MAC - Premier rugby, MAC vs Tamatea, at Ron Giorgi Park, Flaxmere, Hastings. 

Poasa Naoia (red), Flaxmere; Alastair Young (blue), Hastings - Novice elite 75kg 3 x 2 minute rounds - Giants Boxing Academy Tournament at Hastings Intermediate School, Hastings. photograph
Take that
Poasa Naoia (red), Flaxmere; Alastair Young (blue), Hastings - Novice elite 75kg 3 x 2 minute rounds - Giants Boxing Academy Tournament at Hastings Intermediate School, Hastings.

Solo bikes final from left: Graham Walker, Darrin Wilson, Michael Patey and winner Jason Mckay - Solo bikes compete at Meeanee Speedway, Meeanee, Napier. photograph
Too close for comfort
Solo bikes final from left: Graham Walker, Darrin Wilson, Michael Patey and winner Jason Mckay - Solo bikes compete at Meeanee Speedway, Meeanee, Napier.

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Monday, 2 May 2016

Moving Pictures

My choice of video from a week's work at Hawke's Bay Today ☺

L-R: Cousins Sophie Frater, 8, Napier, and Kylah Frater, 5, Hastings, pictured running through Flaxmere Park, Flaxmere, Hastings, will be running the kids' route for the Hawke's Bay Marathon on 14 May 2016.
Family returns favour to Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter
Eight years ago, Napier woman Sheree Yates was rushed to Waikato Hospital by the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter. In a couple of weeks, her family will take part in the Air New Zealand Hawke's Bay International Marathon to raise funds for the service. 

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Spice of Life

My choice from a week's work at Hawke's Bay Today ☺ 

(including at times, photos for the Napier Courierthe Hastings Leader,

L-R: Richard Cuthbert, property developer, Triple R Lifestyles, at Central Hawke's Bay District Council, Waipawa, trying to serve High Court documents on mayor Peter Butler. photograph
Confrontation
L-R: Richard Cuthbert, property developer, Triple R Lifestyles, at Central Hawke's Bay District Council, Waipawa, trying to serve High Court documents on mayor Peter Butler.

Police, family, friends and former colleagues at a 20th anniversary memorial service for Constable Glenn McKibbin, at Flaxmere Police Station, Flaxmere, Hastings. Constable McKibbin was shot dead in Flaxmere on 21 April, 1996. photograph
Sombre occasion
Police, family, friends and former colleagues at a 20th anniversary memorial service for Constable Glenn McKibbin, at Flaxmere Police Station, Flaxmere, Hastings. Constable McKibbin was shot dead in Flaxmere on 21 April, 1996.

Lest We Forget: Poppies, soldiers and white crosses form an Anzac Day display at the Kennedy Rd entrance to Onekawa School, Napier.  photograph
They shall not grow old....
Lest We Forget: Poppies, soldiers and white crosses form an Anzac Day display at the Kennedy Rd entrance to Onekawa School, Napier. 

Vincent Andersson, Hastings, 12-14 years 125cc - day one of the three day 2016 New Zealand Junior Motocross Championship, Ngaruroro Raceway, Fernhill, Hastings. photograph
Eating dust
Vincent Andersson, Hastings, 12-14 years 125cc - day one of the three day 2016 New Zealand Junior Motocross Championship, Ngaruroro Raceway, Fernhill, Hastings.

Jim Clayton, 98, Poraiti, Napier, lost his brother Sydney Clayton in WW2, is going to present Taradale Primary School with $100,000 for scholarships. photograph
 Why wait?
Jim Clayton, 98, Poraiti, Napier, lost his brother Sydney Clayton in WW2, is going to present Taradale Primary School with $100,000 for scholarships.

A woman the neighbours identified as "Steve's girfriend" - Police and St John Ambulance attended an incident at a block of flats in Pattison Rd, Hastings. Neighbours identified a man as "Steve, a resident" who had a neck wound, and a woman as "Steve's girlfriend" who had a head wound. Both walked from the property to ambulances to be treated by St John staff. Police took another person away from the property. photograph
In good hands
A woman the neighbours identified as "Steve's girfriend" - Police and St John Ambulance attended an incident at a block of flats in Pattison Rd, Hastings. Neighbours identified a man as "Steve, a resident" who had a neck wound, and a woman as "Steve's girlfriend" who had a head wound. Both walked from the property to ambulances to be treated by St John staff. Police took another person away from the property.

Police removed a person from the property - Police and St John Ambulance attended an incident at a block of flats in Pattison Rd, Hastings. Neighbours identified a man as "Steve, a resident" who had a neck wound, and a woman as "Steve's girlfriend" who had a head wound. Both walked from the property to ambulances to be treated by St John staff. Police took another person away from the property. photograph
No argument
Police removed a person from the property - Police and St John Ambulance attended an incident at a block of flats in Pattison Rd, Hastings. Neighbours identified a man as "Steve, a resident" who had a neck wound, and a woman as "Steve's girlfriend" who had a head wound. Both walked from the property to ambulances to be treated by St John staff. Police took another person away from the property.

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Monday, 25 April 2016

A day to remember


I've always loved going to the Dawn Service on Anzac Day, There's something special about standing together with a group of unknowns, most of us with the common purpose of honouring the past. When my kids were young, I took them with me at least once, so they could experience the atmosphere and learn something of their history.

Most times I take my camera because I'm working, or because I'm looking for that extra special memory, but this year I just wanted to be.

~ ~ ~ ~ 

Stirring as I hear Jo rev the car and head off to 0430 muster, I hope she doesn't wake the neighbours. Thirty minutes later snapping off my alarm clock so as not to disturb Linda more than necessary. First coffee as welcome as ever as I read Jesus's story about the rich man commending his steward for ripping him off, it's gonna take all day to process that one.

It's still dark, the nearly full moon adding its light to the coloured lights on the cenotaph and surrounding trees. Hundreds of people already here, everyone wrapped up against the cold, and not a camera in sight. Singing the national anthem with pride, I must learn the Maori version, and what it means.

John Roil speaks of the two great-uncles he never met. I think about the two grandfathers I never knew. Grandpa in London who I briefly met as an adult, so many questions unasked. I remember Dad saying that as a Quaker he was a conscientious objector and served on the ambulances. Granddad in Dunedin who died years ago, we'd shifted to Woodville, so many things unsaid. Mum's memories would suggest he returned from the war scarred inwardly as much or more so than on the outer.

Anzac Day: A commemoration of heroism, regrets for what might have been, sorrow for the loss. So many people affected. Lost opportunities.

I think about Nicky in Australia who I see once or twice a year, and phone nearly every week. I couldn't imagine sending her off, never to see or hear from her again.

Mr Roil calls it "The Great Adventure". I wonder did they really think that or is it just rewriting history with a bit of rose-coloured nostalgia. "Founded the nation"? Sounds like propaganda, however well-intentioned.

I think about Jess and Shal who live in Taradale, I don't see them that often. They're newly married, crazy busy and setting out in life, I wonder how I can get know him better.

Jo, I can't see you behind all the people, I hope you don't faint. Guard duty is a tough honour, I'm so proud of you. Sometime soon she'll join one of the Armed Forces. Before she applied we talked about the very real risk of being killed and that one day she might have to shoot back.

My sister Rose was a driver and cook in the Territorials, back when I was in high school. I remember going to her passing out parade and excitedly shooting rolls of film, back when I couldn't afford it, a visual extravaganza. Dad did time in the air force for his CMT (Compulsory Military Training) after WW2. He could have been a pilot except for the minutest fraction of red/green colour-blindness.

The bugle plays The Last Post and Reveille and I choke back tears as a I remember playing at my father-in-law's funeral. Most people don't know it represents the death and resurrection of Jesus, and our eternal hope of the same. I know I'll see Dad again.

The three-volley gun salute echoes hauntingly back from the hills. I've never heard that before, too busy taking photographs.

A horse clip-clops past, a uniformed chap in the saddle. That's the way it was done back then. War is hell.

The choir sings a capella as the wreaths are laid. Few of us can see what's happening, but no-one shuffles or looks around. It's not about us. A little girl on her Dad's shoulders squirms around and gives him a kiss on the cheek. He embraces her.

The padre closes with a prayer. Interesting that he talks to God, but doesn't say "In Jesus' Name" as he closes. I guess he's being inclusive. Once we were a Christian nation but times have changed, the preacher on Sunday referred to us as a secular country.  They say no-one's an atheist in the trenches though.

The roar of three planes flying in formation overhead, a fitting climax. Not a moment too soon and nearly too late. I remember a previous service when the army speaker had a joke about that. Well done, boys.

Sergeant major calls the parade to attention, the band strikes up a bright little number and the diggers march off. I'm impressed they can still keep up. Off to the RSA to swap stories and drink copious amounts of beer. I love it when the crowd applauds them.

The party breaks up, and people head off to the day's activities. Having a public holiday on Anzac Day is awesome, everyone can be involved if they want to. Some hang around, waiting to place their poppy on the Cenotaph. So many wreaths. A beautiful wreath from a school, a child's handwriting, so innocent. Now the cell-phones come out. Selfies!

I asked my son if he'd join me this morning, and he said, "No thanks Dad, maybe next year". Considering he could be at university then, my reply was, "You might not be here." My unspoken thought was, "Life is uncertain, nor might I."

Hastings Cenotaph Anzac Day 2016. "Lest We Forget" 1914-1919 ~ ERECTED ~ to the Glory of God and as an Everlasting Tribute - to -  All Those who gave their lives during The Great War That we might live i peace with justice and freedom -------- "Their name liveth for evermore" photograph
"Lest We Forget"
1914-1919
~ ERECTED ~
to the
Glory of God
and as an
Everlasting Tribute
- to - 
All Those
who gave their lives during
The Great War
That we might live in peace
with justice and freedom
--------
"Their name liveth for evermore"

Moving Pictures

My choice of video from a week's work at Hawke's Bay Today ☺

Jackie Gibbes and Richard Cuthbert, developers from Triple R Lifestyles in Takapau, have served High Court documents on Central Hawke's Bay mayor Peter Butler and three of his council's staff, at Central Hawke's Bay District Council in Waipawa. photograph
Takapau couple claim "abuse of power [while] in public office"
Jackie Gibbes and Richard Cuthbert, developers from Triple R Lifestyles in Takapau, have served High Court documents on Central Hawke's Bay mayor Peter Butler and three of his council's staff, at Central Hawke's Bay District Council in Waipawa.

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