HOLI – The Hindu Festival of Colour

June 1st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Hare Krishna temple is ringing with the Hare Krishna chant; this is Holi, the Hindu festival of colour or light, a festival to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, or good over evil. It also marks the passing of winter and the arrival of spring, and like Easter in the Christian calendar, the [...]

Aria Celebrates its 114th Sports Day

March 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Aria is located 13km south of Piopio in the heart of the King Country. The region was closed to Pākeha during the New Zealand Wars of the 1800s and European settlement in the area came late, following the defining of its boundary, or aukati, in the 1880s. Aria, as such, would not come about until [...]

The Waikato Land Wars

January 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

I have to confess that I have driven past the Rewi Maniapoto Memorial in Kihikihi thousands of times and never stopped to take a closer look. Thanks to the Waipa District Council I was taken on a tour of the significant land-war sites around Te Awamutu. Its not difficult to see why Pakeha wanted this [...]

  • A large crowd assembled, with visitors from around the world, colleagues, friends, family and locals all looked on

Te Kuiti Salutes local Colin Meads

August 3rd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

I doubt that Te Kuiti has had a more beautiful day. For a while though there was reason for considerable anxiety that the 81-year-old, dubbed ‘New Zealand’s Rugby Player of the Century’ in 2000, would make it to the event to honour him. Colin is very unwell, his cancer of the pancreas is well documented; [...]