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Winter 2018

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What’s happening at our place.....

Winter is here, but thankfully we have passed the shortest day. Just imagine those days getting longer and warmer, only 26 weeks till Christmas.

Baby Neve has arrived and Winnies got the reins for 6 weeks so watch this space. Phil wants a new stadium but they won’t let him (so far), still he’s got an extra 11 and a half cents per litre and it looks like the rest of the country will follow. Those cycle ways will never be so busy.

Well apart from “our” happenings, wasn’t it wonderful to watch the lovely couple, Harry and Meghan, on their special day.

Thank you to all and new for your continued support. 

Auckland Rugby: Speights Shield Refurbish 

An old shield was bought in by Auckland Rugby for us to refurbish and turn into the new Speights Shield. The sterling silver plates were taken off, panel beaten so they turned inside out, polished and engraved. The native wooden shield was stripped and given 8 coats of oil to bring it back to its former glory. So now Auckland Rugby has a fantastic looking shield that has some history behind it. Good luck to the teams battling it out to win it this year! It looks so good in fact, they don't want to put it back into circulation! 


When Rockquest Promotions came to us, they wanted a fun and different award to present the winners of Showquest. This is a performing arts contest for all schools nationwide; the original theatre productions are student produced from choreography and construction through to final production. The winners and runners up will receive these stunning acrylic printed laser engraved awards. 

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St Cuthbert's ANZAC Day Hockey Tournament

A great little memento for the participating teams at this year’s event. A personalised laser etched mini stick.



Auckland Grammar School: Augusta Fellowship ags-agusta-meda-l2.png

When Auckland Grammar School wanted to update their Augusta Fellowship medal, they came to us, and we were able to produce this amazingly detailed medal that we think looks better than the last if we do say so ourselves. These are given to anyone who makes a donation to the school, so if you would like one, you know what to do! 

A pin of two cultures... 
Another creation in our range of NZ World flags. We recently created these pins for the Pakistan Consulate - great little giveaways. 

Thames Coromandel District Council 

To be given out at a bi annual Service Award ceremony, Mayor Sandra wanted something more special than just a certificate to give those unsung heroes who have gone above and beyond to serve their Thames-Coromandel community. The design was inspired by the Coromandel’s blue seas and sandy shores, as well as the Thames old coat of arms. This is a truly stunning medal that we have produced for them, the mould and printed sides look great together and will make a special award for those who receive it.
"The medals were delivered quickly and the end-product is great." – Mayor Sandra


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Our latest creation for New Zealand’s Famous fashion house, definitely an eye catcher!

St Peter's College

With increasing numbers of students achieving top success in sport, we produced the badge for the school’s top performers. Bars denoting the excellence in individual sports can be added. 

Legion of Rowers
We recently designed and manufactured these awesome little pins for L.O.R, again another great little giveaway.

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A Badge in 3D!

Not just your ordinary badge was produced for Catholic Samoan Mangere Central. Incorporating a 3D image into the brass really elevates it to a spectacular looking badge.

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Winter is here but the keen, the hardy and the plain dogged are still venturing out to brave the elements. They have certainly been trying of late.
Good snapper are being caught in the bays and inner islands with big fish caught at the top end of the Barrier in 60-85 metres.
Even the 50m mark off the West Coast/Manukau is still fishing well.

Be careful, take extra care and be prepared for those weather changes. Enjoy!! 

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You might think that the title of this piece is all about the drop in temps lately and with the current shortage of firewood it is pretty hard to do this.
Nevertheless, the purpose of this issue’s article is to give credit to the thousands of women who, during the First World War went into the factories and took up “war work”, thereby releasing men for military service and also increasing the output of arms and munitions.
These women (often called “munitionettes”) had mostly never handled anything more technical than a mangle (ask your grandparents what this is!) and now operated heavy lathes, electric cranes and huge presses.
There was a lot of resistance to their presence in this “men only” world and it took a long time for them to be accepted, if at all.
At a time when “health and safety” were just words, they handled cyanide and TNT with archivist - winter 18 photo.pngsometimes just rubber gloves and a simple mask. The chemicals turned their skin yellow and their hair orange (they were often called “canaries”) to say nothing of their long-term lifespan.
This is one of their badges, the 1916 On War Service badge. Very easy to find in shops and in online auctions for just a few dollars but what a story they can tell!

Yours in history

The Archivist

Did you know?

In space, astronauts cannot cry because there is no gravity and tears can't flow.

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time: 1/100th of a second.

Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to operate a television for three hours.

All polar bears are left-handed.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

A Boeing 767 airliner is made of 3,100,000 separate parts.
The man for whom the medals are named, was thrilled with the outcome, so a big pat on the back.– Jan, Roskill Masters Swimming

I received the plaques yesterday and I am very impressed with them. Thank you so much for getting them done and shipped to me in such a short space of time. – Tupi, Ormiston College

Medals arrived safely today. Many thanks for your great service. – Gay, NZ Team Sailing

Sri Lankan Prawn Coconut Curry
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Serves: 4 Prep: 25 Minutes Cook: 20 minutes

• oil 2 tablespoons
• onion 2, chopped
• garlic 3 cloves, chopped
• mustard seeds 3 teaspoons
• curry powder* 2 teaspoons
• ground turmeric 1 teaspoon
• salt ¾ teaspoon
• ginger 3 centimetre piece, peeled and grated or finely chopped
• coconut milk 400 gram can
• shredded coconut ½ cup
• crushed tomatoes 400 gram can
• tamarind purée 2 tablespoons
• lemon 1, juice
• brown sugar or coconut sugar 1 tablespoon
• prawns 600 grams, raw, shelled, with the tails left on (king tiger prawns are great if within budget but any raw prawns will do)

1. Heat oil in a wok or a large heavy-based frying pan on medium heat. Cook onion for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Add garlic, mustard seeds, curry powder, turmeric, salt and ginger and continue cooking for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until spices are fragrant.

2. Stir in coconut milk, shredded coconut, tomatoes, tamarind purée, lemon juice and sugar. Simmer for about 8-10 minutes to allow sauce to reduce slightly.

3. Add prawns and continue to cook for about 5 minutes or until prawns are just cooked through. Season to taste with more salt if needed but it should be about perfect.

4. Garnish with some toasted shredded coconut and chilli. Serve with rice.

Try this
• If you can’t find tamarind purée, replace with 2 Tbsp lemon juice mixed with 2 tsp brown sugar.

Our Weekend petes garden.jpg

The garden is bare, just waiting for a fine stretch so we can compost and rotary hoe. Our girls in the paddocks have presented us with 3 sets of twins and a single so far, just one mamma to go.

Sprayed the lawn for moss, now we’ll have to lime it and that’s not a little job. Add to that a couple of in-house renos and our weekends are kept busy.

Pete and Jan

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