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Spring 2016

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 What’s happening at our place.

Tempis fugit.

Gosh!!  Come the end of the this month it will be so exciting, on Friday 23rd at 2.21am

we have the official start of Spring and to top it off on early Sunday 25th daylight

saving starts. How exciting to think those hazy, lazy days of Summer are just around

the corner......

Only about 12 weeks until Xmas so we will be sending out reminders to all regarding delivery

of badges and medals post the festive season. Please don't forget to calendar.

All and new many thanks for your support.
The team @ Badgemakers


Mabuni International Karate Open Championships

What a whopper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!mabuni nl.jpg

This would have to be one of the largest medallions we have manufactured recently. It measured 90 x 70 x 5mm and was finished in Gold, Silver and Antique Copper.

International Championships were recently held in Auckland with  attendance from far afield. Kenei Mabuni the man pictured on the medal was a world noted master in the art of Shit?-ry? and a holder of the 10th Dan.

He passed away at age 97 in 2015

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Congratulations to Mount Albert Grammar School in winning the supreme Rugby accolade of NZSS Rugby.

The hard fought match was eventually won by MAGS over Hastings Boys with the final score 14-13 at Palmerston North BHS on Sept. 4h
Well done boys!!

HMNZS Royalist, HMS Blackpool and HMNZS Otago

A recent All Ships Reunion of some 350+ "old diggers" was held in New Plymouth to mark the 60th reunion of Royalist and the 50th of Blackpool
(a Royal Navy loan ship).
Pictured are the two badges that were struck for the occassion.


Koru Games


Can you imagine over 2000 screaming children taking part in the Selwyn Trust Sports day for Year7 & 8's.

This annual event is in it's 3rd year and continues to grow, it is held at various venues around the Selwyn district and runs over 3 days of competition.

Where is Selwyn you ask???? Fly into CHCH and head for the Alps and you are there.

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 We have previously done an article on this ever increasingly popular Caledonian event held each year in the South Island and are presently running medals for the 2016 event.

Worthy of mention is that this competition due to be held early November has been nominated as one of the finalist's in Canturbery's Best Community Event.

Go Hororata!!

Gach dùrachd

line of fish.jpg  G A's Fishing Report

Welcome and how's your fishing???

Spring is around the corner, the water temperatures have just started to nudge upwards from the depths of winter which is good news for bringing snapper in numbers back into the gulf, yes they are on their way!

Big solid ocean going kahawai are the name of the game right now, so it’s the perfect time to enjoy fun fishing with friends and family chasing down these big hard charging, drag burning fish. Fresh, raw, cooked in various ways, or smoked they are a fresh fish delight.

So if you have been hibernating over those long dark cold months now is the time to dust off the motor, check the flares, lifejackets, rods and tackle before that long weekend creeps around very soon.

Happy Fishing

King of the Bays
kings.jpgA great little tie pin that we recently produced for the boys at B & T on the North Shore.
Very classy i am sure you will agree

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Pictured below is a badge we were commissioned by Auckland based artist Elliot Collins to produce. After a small initial run they are now selling like hotcakes.

A Bit of History.....

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Another “link” to Gallipoli………………

He was 21 years 8 months old, born in 1893, and 5’ 6” tall. The Helensville butcher was 13/558 Trooper Joseph Marshall and he was Pete’s great uncle! If you look at the photo, you can clearly see a family likeness in my opinion. Joseph embarked with the Main Body on 13/10/14 and landed in Egypt on 4/12/14 as a member of the 3rd Auckland Mounted Rifles.
Landing on the Peninsula with the other Anzacs, Joseph was wounded with a bullet wound to the left shoulder but contracted jaundice and died on board His Majesty’s Transport Galeka at 3.30pm on 25 May, 1915, being buried at sea. His death was reported on the 45th casualty list.
So ended the short life of the brown-eyed, dark-haired butcher. Sadly, Joseph would be followed by around 18,500 more in the years to come.
In 1921 his mother, Mrs T Marshall, was in due course sent one of the so-called “Dead Man’s Pennies” (see picture) but there was more to come. With a stunning example of a ridiculous bureaucratic nicety, in the same year the NZ Government posted Mrs Marshall a Princess Mary Gift Tin!

Yours in history

The Archivist

Did you know       snoopy.jpg

Which figure should be placed in the empty triangle?
Pattern Recognition Test - Empty Triangle
See below

Did You Appreciate The Truth About Letters?

Letters 'a', 'b', 'c' and 'd' do not appear if you spell any of the numbers between 1 and 99
[Funnily enough, letter 'd' comes for the first time in Hundred]

In addition, letters 'a', 'b' and 'c' do not appear anywhere in the spellings of 1 to 999
[Strange, but true, letter 'a' comes for the first time in Thousand]

Neither letter 'b' nor 'c' appear anywhere in the spellings of 1 to 999,999,999
[Letter 'b' comes for the first time in Billion]

Letter 'c' does not appear anywhere in the spellings of entire English counting.




The top number minus the bottom left-hand number is multiplied by the bottom right-hand number to give the number inside the triangle.

Apologies from the Editor, couldn't find any good funnies!!

Rhubarb Dessert   rhubarb.jpg

125g butter 

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 egg

2 cups flour

1tsp baking soda

1 cup sour cream

1 1/2 cups rhubarb (2cm pcs)


1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1tbs melted butter

1 tsp cinamon

Turn oven to 350c, grease baking dish (22*22*5cm), beat butter,brown sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in pieces of rhubarb then spread evenly in dish and bake 40-45 mins.

Topping. Mix white sugar,walnuts, melted butter and cinamon. Set aside. Sift in flour and baking soda, mix it in with the sour cream. Sprinkle evenly over the mixture, cool for 10 mins then cut into 10 pieces. Serve with Mascarpone cream.


Our Weekend 

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Well lambing is all over and we did reasonably well averaging 160%. There are now Freezer 1 to 8 running around the paddocks looking absolutely delightful. Unfortunately we lost a mama ewe to pleurisy so the count would have been higher at 10.

Not much to report on the garden front, slowly working our way through the jungle but daylight saving  approaching will be good.

Only asparagus and beetroot in the garden so spring planting will be actioned.

Pete & Jan

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