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Autumn 2019



What’s happening at our place...

Heavens above, another 3 months has just flown!!

Yes Autumn is in the air, well not really but it is officially on 21st March at 10.58am and just to depress you a little more Daylight saving ends on 7th April.

Christmas was a debacle in many areas of NZ with flooding but thankfully the last 8 weeks have been absolutely marvellous. With all that hot weather we are all a bit "parched"....(sorry)

Unfortunately 2019 has blessed us once again with increased levels of political ineptness (I was going to use another word but the Ed. wouldn't let me).
Brexit still not resolved, Lime scooters (less said the better), Capital Gains Tax (even less said the better), and the Democrats are still trying to get rid of Donny - lets see what the next few months bring.

We are deeply saddened by the devastating attacks that took place down in Christchurch on Friday, our thoughts are with you all at this time...


Mount Albert Grammar School - Per Angusta Coins...

A beautiful 3D medal made for MAGS. Something to think about next time you're getting a medal made; the 3D really takes it up a step and makes it look special... 


NAC... Boeing 737 Button Badge 

NAC was one of Boeing's earliest 737 customers, the first outside the United States and West Germany... Here's a 75mm button badge they had made for the reunion


Taradale High School...
Had these cute pins made (Country flag and School flag) 
for their departing international students.  



Fidel's Cafe... Next time you're in Wellington, pop into Fidel's Cafe for a cup of coffee!

NZ Secondary Schools Athletics Assn had this new badge made... 

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The Sir Walter Scott Lodge...  this medal was made to celebrate their 150th year anniversary...

line of fish.jpg  G A's Fishing Report

Its Bluenose spawning time.. its always deep with them (the deeper- the bigger), but when they spawn the bigger ones do come up a bit shallower. Thes best way to catch them is jigging - the jig goes down faster and straighter than baits do (and are not as influenced by tides), the bigger the jig the better. Always use a large assist hook no longer than 4-5 inches. If you prefer to use bait, they love squid - use a 32oz sinker and a couple of 12/0 or 14/0 circle hooks. 
They frequent undersea ridges and mounds, and corners on the seamonts that have steep faces that create up-wellings that produce feed for them. You will also generally find they are in the same basic areas year after year.
Happy Fishing!!


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1. Americans typically refer to this time of year as “fall,” while the British use the word “autumn.” Both terms date back to the 16th century but before that it was called “harvest. (Fall was called “harvest” because of the “harvest moon” that occurs when the full moon is closest to the autumn equinox. Before man-made lighting, this moonlight was essential to a prosperous harvest.)

2. The yellow and orange colors you see actually always exist in leaves but they are overpowered by the abundance of green from chlorophyll. The amount of chlorophyll starts to decrease as the sun weakens and the days grow shorter.

3. No film with autumn in its title has won an Oscar. Spring, summer and winter have one each.

4. William Shakespeare 
was born on April 23 1564, and died on 23 April at the age of 52 in England in 1616. 

5. April was originally the second month of the year in early versions of the Roman calendar and consisted of 30 days. It became the fourth month consisting of only 29 days when January was designated the first month of the year around 450 BCE. The month became 30 days long, again when Julius Caesar reformed the calendar.

A Bit of History

And now for something completely different…..


Some years ago The Archivist acquired a large selection of old enamel badges, mostly rugby and other sports items but with some other pieces too. This badge with the letters “EGR” had always puzzled until Pete said that it stood for “EVERY GIRLS’ RALLY”. And so began a search for some information!

The movement began in 1931 by a cycle shop proprietor in Newmarket who sold bikes to newspaper delivery boys (imagine Uber Eats relying on bikes…). Being a Christian, he wanted to help the boys other than by just selling them bikes and set up the Newmarket Boys’ Rally. Membership was over 100 but there was a halt during WW2. The name had now become EVERY BOYS’ RALLY (yes, they have a badge too!) and although there were girls’ clubs from the 1930s, the name EVERY GIRLS’ RALLY dates from late 1944.

The organisation had a uniform, with badges and even prizes and here is a picture of a young girl with a certificate, with the badge on her beret. And, yes, Badgemakers made THAT badge too!

Apparently her name is Sharon Mogford (from Gisborne) so if any reader knows of her, please tell her she is now famous!

Yours in history

The Archivist

Yours in History,
The Archivist                               


Thanks so much for the express service for these badges.. Outstanding,

Dawn – Diocesan School for Girls

Thank you for the service awards badges they look fantastic received them today.

Italia -Netball Manurewa Community & Events Centre

The badges have arrived and they look great.

Leanne -St Cuthberts College

Pumpkin & Chickpea Cakes


500g wedge pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cut into 3cm slices
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to fry
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
2 tsp ras el hanout spice mix
2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained (reserving aquafaba) then rinsed and   drained
½ cup roasted salted cashews
¼ cup chopped coriander or parsley leaves
Mayonnaise, to serve
½ cup fruity chutney, mixed with 2 tbsp tamarind purée if desired - to serve

Preheat oven to 180°C fanbake and line an oven tray with baking paper for easy clean-up. Spread out pumpkin on the tray, drizzle with 1 tbsp of the oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast until tender and starting to brown (about 30 minutes).

While pumpkin cooks, heat the remaining oil in a frypan and cook onion over a medium heat until softened (5-6 minutes). Add garlic, ginger and spice mix and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Transfer roasted pumpkin to a food processor and whizz to a purée. Add onion mixture, chickpeas, cashews and coriander or parsley and pulse to break up chickpeas to a coarse mealy crumb – you want a little texture so don’t purée.

Use lightly oiled hands to form 8-12 soft patties – I usually use about a third of a cup for each. Heat a little extra oil in a heavy-based frypan and fry over a medium heat until golden (about 5 minutes each side). Serve with a dollop of mayo and a spoon of chutney on the side and a nice juicy Lamb Chop or two.


Our Weekend 

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The Big Dry, almost one of the hottest summers we have had; although I did hear the weatherman the other night say that the hottest on record was way back in 1936 - they must have had global warming back then!

We decided not to plant summer crops this year and have just fertilised the garden as well as trying to get rid of the cursed oxsalis. Beetroot and Broccolini will be the next plantings.

All of our 7 year old Mamas have gone to the "big paddock" in the sky and we have some new 2 tooths roaming around as well as a ram lamb.

Happy Easter!

Pete & Jan

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