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Autumn 2018

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What’s happening at our place.....

Summer is quickly fading and Autumn is on its way, daylight savings ends this Easter Sunday so don’t forget those clocks!

The last three months have literally flown. Nothing much has changed; we still have conflicts around the globe, cyclones visiting us along with the occasional ex Pressie (expensive golf that).
Bill is gone and Simon is the new face, the others are still promising us the world. Alas back to reality.

A warm welcome to new and old, and many thanks for your continued  support.

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Congratulations to Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous for winning bronze at this year’s Winter Olympics. We proudly made the pictured badge for the athletes, and for them to share with their follow competitors. Well done to everyone who competed.

We made this out of the box shaped stainless steel silk printed badge for the YMCA of Auckland. It turned out beautifully and proves you don’t need to stick to the status quo.


Auckland A & P
Breaking from tradition, a new medal has been created to celebrate the 175th anniversary for Auckland Agricultural and Pastoral Association.

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Some will say he bleats on, but these little badges are a great advertisement, bright, colourful and precise. A great reproduction, pictured is our latest for the Parininihi Junior Rangers


Waihi A.F.C

Congratulations on reaching a milestone 40yrs old. A great little pin, well done Waihi.


Lindisfarne College
"The ‘Made in Aidan’ badge has been created as a special award for those students in Aidan house who display similar kinds of characteristics to the monk, Aidan. Students don’t have to be religious necessarily, but what we want is for them to be able to face challenges and adversity, refusing to give up, and focusing on whatever goal they have set for themselves.

That is the kind of man that is ‘Made in Aidan’, and those are the character attributes that are recognized by the awarding of this badge."  - Fraser Harrison, Dean of Aidan House  

Maadi Cup 2018
A special mention for two of our clients who excelled in the finals, at Lake Ruataniwha on 24th March in the Maadi Cup.

 -  Gold for the girls from St Peter’ Cambridge in the 8’s – Well done!
 -  Fourth placing for Westlake Boys High School in the mens 8’s. Next year....


  GA's Fishing Report
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With the inclement weather upon us of late it is surprising that fishing has been firing so well. Good snapper in the Gulf and West Coast. A couple of hours out over the bar at 40-50m can net you a bin of good sized snapper, with the constant wind being the only battle.

I am told that big game is also very rewarding at the moment on the West Coast, especially with air and sea temps holding up.

Enjoy your Autumn Fishing.

Dylan Mika 

All Black & Auckland Rugby great Dylan Mika passed away last week. Our condolences to his family, RIP

A Very Unusual Medal
With International Women’s Day just past it might be interesting to look at a little known aspect of the fight for equality.

With the outbreak of war in 1914 most of the population wanted to help “the boys” in any way they could. Men flocked to join the colours and Britain had so many volunteers that they didn’t have enough uniforms for them to train in (or guns!).  The first volunteers trained with broomsticks and wore old Post Office uniforms to begin with. archivist - autumn 18 photo.png

Women also wanted to “do their bit” and nurses joined up and there also was a massive campaign of knitting that began.  One soldier said that they had so many socks and scarves that they used them to clean and oil their rifles with!

The Scottish Women’s Hospital were different in so far as they offered their services to Britain but, having been initially turned down (“Go home and sit still, woman!” was the response to one of the women behind the scheme) their offer was taken up by Britain’s allies- France, Serbia amongst others.

Serving on many fronts, the SWH included several New Zealanders, all of whom would have been given this unofficial medal, hanging from its little tartan ribbon (missing from our example).

A rare reward for some brave deeds.

Yours in history
The Archivist

Did you know?

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1. The tallest Easter egg chocolate was made in Italy in 2011. It was 10.39m tall and weighed an astounding 7,200kg!

2. Cows can sleep standing up, but they can only dream lying down.

3. When lightning strikes it can reach up to 30,000 degrees Celsius…what a way to toast your marshmallows!

4. Unless food is mixed with saliva, you can’t taste it.

5. Are you an ears, arms or tail person? Seventy-six percent of people eat the ears on the chocolate bunny first, 5 percent go for the feet and 4 percent for the tail.
As you do for us every year, the 4x Cups look absolutely beautiful. Our team in the ACES office were really impressed.
Kind regards, Buchanan
Auckland City Education Services

I confirm that we have received the order and the badges look great. Thank you very much.

Kind regards, Hannah
Sir Peter Blake Trust

They are proving really popular! Probably because they look so good - you're doing a great job!

Warmest wishes, Amanda
Anglican Schools

Chocolate hot cross bun & butter pudding
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Serves: 6 Cook: 45 minutes

• 4-6 hot cross buns (depending on size of baking tray)
• 50g softened butter
• ¼ cup jam (marmalade, apricot or plum)
• 100g good-quality chocolate chopped(milk or dark)
• 3 free-range eggs
• ½ cup cream
• ½ cup milk
• 1t vanilla essence
• ¼ cup brown sugar
• 3-4T cream
To serve
• custard, ice cream or whipped cream
• maple-roasted pears (see recipe in method) optional
1. Preheat oven to 180degC. Grease a medium-sized baking dish with butter.

2. Cut each bun horizontally into 1cm-thick slices (about 3 slices per bun). Spread each piece with butter and jam. Arrange in baking dish, overlapping, until the baking dish is full.

3. Scatter chopped chocolate over hot cross buns. Whisk eggs, first measure of cream, milk, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar together and pour over hot cross buns and chocolate. Push the buns down gently to soak in the custard.

4. Sprinkle remaining brown sugar over the top and drizzle with last measure of cream. Bake for about 25 minutes until the top has formed a crust and the custard is just set. Allow pudding to stand for at about 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm with custard, vanilla ice cream or whipped cream plus roasted fruit if desired.

5. To make maple-roasted pears, quarter 4 just-ripe pears length-ways (don’t bother peeling, coring or removing stem). Place in a medium baking dish, sprinkle with a good pinch of cinnamon and drizzle with 2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup. Pour ¼ cup water into the baking dish. Roast for about 40 minutes at 180degC, basting the pears a few times throughout.

Our Weekend petes garden.jpg
The cyclone hit hard, snow peas were obliterated, but thankfully the cherry toms survived and have just finished fruiting, we had an abundant crop. The same cannot be said of the celeriac. Pete didn’t study the growing requirements and we ended up with “lots” of foliage and not much bulb. Next year?? A winter selection will be planted after Easter.

What with the extremes of summer we had very hot days then rain, the perfect recipe for fly strike which kept us busy. Only 3 freezers left.

Enjoy the cooler weather,

Pete & Jan

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