Monday, June 30, 2014

The HAC Saga Continues

The saga of the ill fated Hundertwasser Art Centre in Whangarei is not over yet. The Whangarei District Council has rejected it and now commercial interests like the Whangarei Economic Development Group (with Barry Trass as Chairman) are trying to keep it going despite pessimistic comments from the Hundertwasser Foundation. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

More Tiny Monsters Found

This is serious stuff for anyone wanting to grow fruit in New Zealand. I live close by the area being searched after another male Queensland Fruit Fly was found in a bio-security trap in Whangarei. It probably came off a yacht, judging by its location and is the second one found in the same area. I am hoping that a breeding colony does not get established - mainly for the danger they pose for fruit growers, but also because an aerial and ground spray program might be needed over a large area to eradicate them. 

In that case I will have to leave until the spraying has finished because I have no intention to be put in danger from the inevitable side affects. Fingers crossed some cold weather will sweep in and put them off breeding. However, it is really nice and warm here right now and my fruit bowl hums with fruit flies if someone leaves the window open without the insect screen in place. I never thought I would pray for cold weather! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Quilts and Patchwork Exhibition

The Whangarei Patchwork and Quilters Club held their "Quilts and More" exhibition at Forum North in Whangarei on the 28th to the 30th of March this year. If you missed this amazing collection of colourful craft art you can see more pictures at or click on the link Whangarei Exhibitions just below the Whangarei News And Views banner title of this blog.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Phoney Consultation?

The Whangarei District Council has decided to conduct a phone poll asking Whangarei residents if they support WDC funding 8 million dollars of the total of 13 million dollar Hundertwasser Styled Gallery or not.

Home Alone Ain't So Bad

Billy did not get to the Northland Field Days this year and he expects  Sharlene's Mum to pop over with lip smackingly good treats to take his mind off missing out.

The Campaign Begins

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Buskers Jam It Up At Market

Local buskers, Jimmy Kay and J T Taylor, provide rockingly good music at The Growers Market in Whangarei on Saturday mornings. These talented lads have customers and stall holders tapping their feet, bobbing their heads and filling the open guitar case with appreciation - see why by checking out this You Tube clip -