Tag Archives: Hamilton

Off the farm, wearable art—gobsmackingly creative

Who’d have thunk it?

Haute couture meets rural lifestyle. Anything is possible in this land peopled by DIY-ers. Even, a Paris-styled catwalk parade showcasing wearable garments made of stuff from the farm.

The annual Ag Art Wear Show in Hamilton fused creative genius and theatrical extravaganza. It made NZ’s National Agricultural Fieldays worth the effort of plowing through crowds and farming gear, lots of farming gear. Continue reading

World class rugby on NZ’s home turf

(Editor’s Note: I invited a guest editorial from Kenton Bird, pictured here with Kiwi friend Claire Mikkelson. He attended the rugby match between Wales and NZ with Claire and her husband Pat at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton. Decked in All Blacks regalia, stocking cap and all, he was quite a sight. I worried that seated with Kiwi fans, his jacket (red—one of the Wales colors) would compromise his comfort. But—no worries, mate!) Continue reading

Up, Up and Away: Balloons over Waikato

The early morning promised a “fine day,” as the Kiwis say. Eager to see hot air balloons to come to life in the wee hours of the morning, we’d set the alarm. It was Balloons Over Waikato, the 11th annual festival. For five days, balloonists from the United States, Asia, Australia and New Zealand take to the skies in Hamilton. Continue reading

First week highlights in New Zealand

Kenton and I have been in New Zealand one week—except that we’re one day ahead here and three hours behind. Before everything dissolves into mush, I need to “get it while the gettin’s good,” as my father used to say. Here unadorned, in no particular order, are 10 highlights of our first week in this new place—a tiny scrap of green land in the midst of a deep blue sea. Continue reading