Te Awamutu Courier
(FORMERLY THE WAIPA POST)
Tuesday, April 18, 1911 - Monday, April 18, 2011
2 Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 Centennial Edition
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Strawbridges – The tradition of service and
family involvement continues
This is where it all began – founder Dick Strawbridge
in his Kihikihi workshop, March 16th 1973.
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Te Awamutu Courier Centennial Edition
The Te Awamutu Courier
celebrates its 100th birthday
today and is proud to share it
with the community.
For all of those 100 years, the
Courier has been reliant on successful
partnerships with the wider
community and the business community.
An open invitation was issued
for businesses to share in our
Centennial Edition and in the
following pages, along with the
history of Te Awamutu Courier, its
Cover reflects newspaper
involvement in community
‘boy’ Cliff Gordon
replicas of the first edition
of the Waipa Post to a
massive crowd gathered
for the centennial float parade
and cloth cap, he is
riding a bike earlier used
for newspaper deliveries.
The float parade was
part of 100 year
celebrations for Te Awamutu
Other highlights in September
1984 included a
multi-cultural fair at Albert
Park, Bavarian fest, centennial
race meeting, train
trip, festival cricket match,
cycling criterium, early
settlers luncheon and
At the time Mr Gordon
worked for the Te Awamutu
Courier in the printing
hall and was one of
several staff members to
take part in the
milestones and people, you will
also find articles about businesses
of long standing in our district.
These are the businesses that
elected to support the Centennial
Edition and to share with readers
the stories about their own histories.
The relationship between a
community newspaper and its
advertisers is one of codependence.
Advertisers value the readers
that the newspaper delivers and
Te Awamutu Courier
(FORMERLY THE WAIPA POST)
Tuesday, April 18, 1911 - Monday, April 18, 2011
Owned by Wayne and Catherine Strawbridge and son, Jason. They say they are truly
proud of the fact they were 100% born and bred in Te Awamutu.
The business started in 1948 as Waipa Radio and Electrical, owned by Richard and
Jessie Strawbridge (Wayne’s parents) and operated in Kihikihi.
Wayne worked with his father after school and during the school holidays.
Dick opened the shop in Te Awamutu in 1966.
the newspaper cannot survive
But at the same time, to retain
integrity a newspaper must ensure
that in compiling its news, the
interests of readers and residents
are the highest priority.
The respect that advertisers in
general have had for this crucial
news principle in Te Awamutu over
the past 100 years has been a vital
ingredient in the success that Te
Awamutu Courier has enjoyed.
This Centennial Edition
contains articles about the
beginnings of Te Awamutu Courier
and its forerunner, The Waipa Post
in 1911 and about the important
development milestones that the
newspaper has undergone in
Also featuring strongly are the
‘lifeblood’ of Te Awamutu Courier
— the staff who have ensured over
10 decades that the newspaper
has ‘hit the streets’ and delivered
its promise to readers to be ‘‘your
100 years too
Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce is also
marking its centennial this year.
The Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce was
started by an enterprising group of businessmen —
among them Te Awamutu Courier founder, Arthur (AG)
Warburton (see page 3).
The Chamber listed its objective as ‘The promotion
and advancement, by any legitimate means, of the
welfare of the town and district of Te Awamutu’.
The first item on the agenda for the embryonic
Chamber was the erection of a town clock.
Other items in that first year included extended
opening hours at the Post and Telegraph office, sending
deputations to Wellington to promote Te Awamutu as a
site for a freezing works, bid for rail infrastructure and
improved services, successfully sourcing a new site for
the school and seeking a source of roading metal for the
With just 38 members in its first year, the Chamber
was overseen by a ’council’ of seven elected members,
President and Secretary.
Competition for these roles was fierce, with elections
for every position needed.
In 2011 the Chamber does have a few differences: it
still promotes and advances our community, although
the mission is to ’promote business vitality’ through
providing the best platform to ensure business success.
The Chamber has 150+ members (male and female
from all age groups) and enjoys the support of being part
of a nationwide (and international) network.
If you’d like more information about the Te Awamutu
Chamber of Commerce or its centenary events see:
Wayne and Malcolm Hopping purchased the business off his father. Wayne decided to
sell the business to Malcolm and have a change which only lasted three years and then
along with Catherine, purchased the business from his father in Kihikihi. They operated
that and then moved back to Te Awamutu.
Son Jason started working for them in 1993 and has come through all aspects of the
business and is now a shareholder.
As from today they are members of the largest independent appliance group in New
Zealand. They will be known as 100% Strawbridge Appliances and can compete with
all major chains.
A toast to the Te Awamutu Courier
“Congratulations on achieving your Centenary”
Centennial Edition Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 3
Family involvement in Courier, Chamber
Two community champions celebrate centenaries
The Te Awamutu Courier and the Te
Awamutu Chamber of Commerce
have had a long association - in fact
their beginnings were both initiated by the
same person in the same year.
The Waipa Post (as the Te Awamutu
Courier was originally known) was started
by Arthur George (AG) Warburton.
He had worked for the New Zealand
Herald until 1906 and operated a commercial
printing press after he arrived in Te
He also recognised the need for a local
newspaper, so the Waipa Post was first
published on Tuesday April 18, 1911.
In the same year the Waipa Post began,
AG Warburton called a meeting to discuss
the formation of the Chamber of Commerce.
On August 3, 1911 he became one of the
founding members of the Te Awamutu
Chamber of Commerce (see page 2).
The newspaper continued under the
same name for 25 years when it was
renamed the Te Awamutu Courier.
For some time it was published three
AG Warburton’s association with the Te
Awamutu Chamber of Commerce continued
for 45 years until his death in 1956.
His son George (who joined the company
in 1937 as a printing apprentice) took
over the newspaper business and was
manager until 1986 (when he was
succeeded by his son John).
He remained as company
secretary until 1995.
John’s son Stephen was
a commercial printer for the
Te Awamutu Courier during
the 1990’s, making the fourth
generation of the Warburton
family to be involved with the
Couriers (NZ) Ltd was a
limited private company until
1992 when it was purchased
by Wilson and Horton (publishers
of the New Zealand
Herald) in 1992. Today it is
owned by APN.
During its busiest era (1980’s
Spot the Difference
322 ALEXANDRA ST, TE AWAMUTU, PHONE 871 2180
1912 WAIPA POST STAFF: (back, left): Miss I.M. Hinton (apprentice), Miss M.A.
Teddy (apprentice), Miss W.B. Stewart (office assistant); (front left) Mr H.T.
Haselden (machinist), Mr D.A.R Thompson (foreman), Mr A. G. Warburton
(editor), Mr G. Salter (compositor). Absent: Mr B.F. Chester (reporter).
-1990’s) the Te Awamutu Courier employed
35 people and had three ‘arms’:
• Printing Hall: which housed a Goss press
which produced newspapers
from around New
overseas. Printing all
of these papers required 30
tonnes of newsprint each week. The
press was closed at the end of 1998.
• Commercial Printing: which printed a
wide range of books, magazines,
invitations, flyers etc. ran until the end of
• Te Awamutu Courier: (community
which was printed
on site until the end of
1998. It was then sent
electronically to other
printers, initially in Rotorua,
then Tauranga and
today (as part of the APN
group) it is printed in Auckland.
AG Warburton’s dedication to
the community of Te Awamutu has
been continued over the years by the
family and through the firm’s close involvement
in a variety of community affairs.
The Te Awamutu Courier sponsors a
number of events and is proud and
supportive of the community in which it has
operated for the past 100 years.
helping provide the best platform
to ensure business success
We were there in 1911 –
supporting and helping
create Te Awamutu’s
In 2011 – we’re still
here and stronger than
ever, working with and
for local businesses
to inspire business
success and economic
prosperity for our
FAMILY FOOTSTEPS: Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce
and Te Awamutu Courier founder Arthur George (AG)
Warburton (right) with son George in Wellington during the
We’ve been supporting
businesses in Te Awamutu
for 100 years.
Minutes of the fi rst Te Awamutu
Chamber of Commerce meeting –
3rd August 1911
Join us –
we’ll help inspire and infl uence your business vitality.
www.teawamutuchamber.org.nz or phone 07 871 8125
Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce is a non-profi t membership organisation, here to help
Te Awamutu’s business community thrive and succeed. Our 150 members enjoy products,
events and services including representation. Membership fees start from $110 pa.
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Firm remains family affair
began 59 years ago
when brothers Eric
and Les Osborne purchased
R A Marsh Transport.
The three truck operation
consisted of a cream
run and general cartage.
The Osborne brothers
hailed from the King
Country and had a farming
In 1954 they
carrying business with their
brother Ernie’s and his
brother-in-law Bill McGuire
who had earlier purchased
MA Clark. The combined
business was known as
Clark and Osborne.
The fleet was expanded
to five trucks and the new
part of the operation
included stock cartage.
Later that year the company
name changed to
Osborne Te Awamutu Ltd.
In 1957 Ernie departed
with a truck and license to
operate on his own. The
purchased a parcel of land
on Paterangi Road which
was developed into a yard.
In 1958 the first articulated
truck was purchased.
The first real change in
ownership came in 1962
when Bill McGuire decided
to leave the business and
Ian Knight and Trevor
Wolfsbauer bought into it.
In 1964 the enlarged
crew purchased part of a
Kihikihi operation owned
by Albie Wilson, which
increased the fleet to six
trucks and three trailers.
Later that same year
they purchased Arthur de
Lucas Transport which
increased the fleet size to
nine trucks and five trailers.
By 1967 the need for
larger trucks became
apparent and as stock cartage
grew a larger yard with
holding paddocks was also
Osbornes continued to
buy other companies,
including Bruce Ellis
(Pirongia) and part of Neil
Ellis’ work included timber
post cartage from Kinleith
and Putaruru. The
Mitchell purchase was to
form a joint venture
Mitchell and Davies Transport
to form the short-lived
Supreme Lime at Te Pahu.
Osborne’s next expansion
came with the acquisition
of BJ Cronin’s stock
business. This was a lucrative
move as it came with a
contract to supply stock to
Lowe Walker plants around
Around this time the
company began to employ
owner-drivers and took
over the stock side of Clark
and Rodgers from
Lepperton. With the purchase
of BJ Miles of Kihikihi
in 1981 the fleet
In 1993 Ian took control
of the company from the
Osborne family and within
a year he sold the business
to Marty Greaves.
The company was in
need of a major upgrade at
this stage and the stock
Getting out to stock
sales and talking to
farmers and agents proved
a wise investment in time
and the team tripled
By 1998 the fierce competition
for general work
saw Marty re-evaluate this
side of the business.
The bulk operation was
sold to Col Downs who
formed Osborne’s Bulk
In December 1999
Marty sold Osbornes to
George Powell, father-inlaw
John Buckley Snr, and
Osborne's Transport (2000) Ltd
TRUCK LOADS OF THANKS
for your loyal support over the last 59 years
Buckley and John Jnr
Buckley. It became
Osborne’s Transport 2000
In 2001 they purchased
Crown Transport’s stock
trucks and began adding
general freight back into
Today Osborne’s main
client base is within a 55km
radius of Te Awamutu, but
the 16 trucks regularly cart
loads further afield.
Osborne’s has been
fortunate with staff who
have stayed for long
periods. They are thankful
for their great team of
drivers, with their excellent
stock handling skills and
vast knowledge of the
In all 12 of the extended
Buckley family, over three
generations, have become
involved in the business
and it continues to retain
family links with the likes of
Crown Transport stalwart
Gordon Lynds and ownerdrivers
Peter Miles and
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Centennial Edition Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 5
Family link lasts 97 years
Warburtons have proud printing tradition
‘AG’ WARBURTON GEORGE WARBURTON JOHN WARBURTON STEVEN WARBURTON
family link with the Te Awamutu Courier that
lasted 97 years was broken when John
Warburton retired in 2008.
Community Newspapers Association (NZCNA), serving
two years as president and eventually became a life
member in 1987 after 28 years service.
John’s grandfather Arthur George (AG) Warburton He took over as secretary of Couriers NZ in 1986 and
began the Waipa Post (later to become the Te Awamutu remained with the company until 1994 when he retired.
Courier) in 1911.
John joined the company in 1966 as an apprentice
He had previously worked at the New Zealand commercial typographer.
Herald and several provincial newspapers before He went on to become assistant manager in 1976,
coming to Te Awamutu in 1908 to operate a commercial then general manager in 1986.
He was also on the CNA committee for 10 years
However, he recognised the need for a newspaper in serving three years as vice president.
the growing town and so published the Waipa Post for John’s son Steven was a printer with the company
the first time on April 18, 1911.
for several years during the 1990’s, becoming the fourth
The paper began as bi-weekly (published twice each generation Warburton to be at the Te Awamutu Courier.
week) and became tri-weekly in 1919.
During John’s 42 years with the company, printing
He also published a number of other newspapers changed radically from hot type (metal) to today’s digital
around the North Island (including Hamilton, Gisborne, age.
Stratford and Otahuhu Couriers) and a number of other ‘‘In the days of hot type there was tons of lead used,
publications such as a dairy farming journal, a transport dust everywhere and high levels of noise.
journal and a movie magazine.
‘‘I’m lucky to have witnessed the evolution of printing.
The town also benefited from ‘AG’s’ involvement, as ‘‘Thanks to advances in technology the practical
he was also a founding member of the Te Awamutu ‘hands-on’ work has today been replaced by computers.
Chamber of Commerce, helped form the Te Awamutu ‘‘The standard of newspaper production has also
Electric Power Board, was a foundation member of the had to improve radically over the years to keep in touch
Horticultural Society and was a life member of the Te with competition from other media.’’
Awamutu Municipal Band.
For John retiring just short of the paper’s 100th
His association with the paper continued for 45 years birthday was a difficult decision.
until shortly before his death in 1956.
‘‘The hundredth birthday of the paper is a special
AG Warburton’s son George joined the company in time for the Warburton family and the Te Awamutu
1937 as a printing apprentice.
Courier. We have some special memories and can be
He too became involved in the community — proud of what we have achieved.’’
particularly the Acclimatisation Society and the Anglican He says the Te Awamutu Courier has been served
by talented and dedicated staff, with great support from
He was a foundation member of the New Zealand the local community.
THE BETTA TIMES OF YESTERYEAR
We congratulate the Te Awamutu Courier – after 100 years service
you’re still switched on to delivering local news, views and events
John Haworth (second from left) wiring in the new press for the Te Awamutu Courier in March 1985
John Haworth commenced business as John Haworth Electrical in 1972 at the old
Kihikihi Economic Butchery in Kihikihi after serving an electrical apprenticeship with T.A
“In 1978 we took over the business C.J O’Brien Ltd from Colin O’Brien and moved to
Kihikihi Road to premises which is now Judes Dairy.
“As the business grew the need to join a buying group became apparent so we became
a member of the Appliance Network Society which then became Betta Electrical in 1996.
“Due to growth and the need to expand, in 1999 a building in Sloane Street,
formerly Levenes & C.T Rickit & Sons became vacant and an opportunity arose
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along with all major brand home appliances.”
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Printing orders completed in Courier bindery
Awamutu Courier commercial
printing department produced
millions of items during more than
90 years it was in operation.
Company founder AG Warburton
came to Te Awamutu in 1908 and
brought with him the skills and machinery
to operate a commercial printing business.
He initially began printing in a shed
behind G.Gifford and Son before shifting
the operation to the current site of the Te
His policy of ploughing profits back
into the company meant that the company
obtained and used up-to-date
machinery, amongst them Heidelberg,
Thompson and Rotaprint presses.
It also meant that the scope of work
could be constantly increased.
Large stocks of paper (lightweight
varieties to heavy cardboard) in a range
LEFT: Eva Hall collates a job.
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of quality, size and colour were utilised to
print on, initially in black and white, later
Books, magazines, invitations, sales
catalogues, letter heads, wages books
and Christmas cards were just some of
the items that were printed.
Items were then sent to the bindery
for one or more of the following processes:
collating, folding, trimming, binding,
The finished products were then
dispatched or collected by the customer.
Some larger jobs required days to
print and bind. For the massive jackpot
race meeting in .. staff worked through
the night to get more than 20,000 race
With the advent of computers, scanner
and printers the workload was
The commercial printing department
closed in 2002, with some of the
machinery, staff and client lists taken
over by Rosetown Print.
BINDERY assistant Molly Brill wraps a job ready
BOOK binder Marjorie Anderson collates a job in
the bindery (1990).
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Courier commercial printing department
ABOVE LEFT: Commercial printer Rex Patmore
operating the Ryobi offset printing press.
ABOVE RIGHT: metal type is arranged by Sid
Leybourne (watched by Bruce Russ and Doug
Montgomery) in the commercial printing department.
PRINTER Andy Flay operates the Heidelberg
cylinder press during the 1980’s.
COMPOSITOR Bert Moss arranges linotype ready
“Congratulations Te Awamutu Courier
- wishing you a 100 more!”
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THE EUROPEAN WAR
WIRELESS STATION IN DANGER
UNITED STATES MOBILISING
IMPORTANT COMMANDS ASSIGNED
(By Telegram — Special to POST.)
Received this day 10-10 a.m.
It has been officially announced that Great Britain is
at war with Germany.
The high commands in the Home fleets have been
assigned. Vice-Admiral Sir John Rushworth Jelicoe has
assumed command of the Home fleets, with Rear-Admiral
Charles Madden as chief of staff.
Britain stands for the defence of the northern coast of
France, and for the neutrality of Belgium, in spite of
definite Belgian protests, made British intervention
The third army of 150,000 men has been mobilised to
Belgium to defend the neutrality.
It is stated on diplomatic authority from London that
the German high sea fleet has passed from the Baltic
through the Kiel canal, and is steaming westward.
FOR THE FRONT
Te Awamutu Men.
About thirty-five people assembled at the Te Awamutu
Hotel on Tuesday last for the purpose of bidding farewell
to the first batch of troopers to go from this district to join
New Zealand’s expeditionary force...
On this occasion, as in the past, he (Mr H. Y. Collins)
was sure that the boys would acquit themselves with
MR MR FARMER FARMER
Dibbles changed landscape
Prior to 1953, all of the
fertiliser spreading done
on farms in the Waikato
was carried out by the farmers
working from bags emptied into
drills and towed behind their
The bags were transported
mainly from Auckland on general
flat deck trucks, usually
Commers and Dodges —
loaded and unloaded everywhere
All of that changed in 1953
when Eric and Colin Dibble
decided that bulk hauling and
spreading could be done and
would be quicker and cheaper.
But there wasn’t a bulk spreader
available anywhere in New Zealand
so the brothers set about
building their own design and
set up the operation in a building
in Te Mawhai south of Te
They had to convince the
local farmers that their idea was
better than bag handling and
were told that, in order to gain
access to any farm, they had to
use the bags already held in
stock by the farmers.
Then there was the problem
of getting the bulk supplies from
Auckland, with the distance
licensing still in existence at the
time, adding to their problems
until they gained a dispensation
from the Government.
Sales tax on trucks was also
a problem but they found a away
around that. Tax on farm
vehicles was greatly reduced
compared to road-going trucks
so Dibbles put fertiliser spreading
bins on the new trucks to
gain a reduction in tax. After two
years they removed the bins
and converted the trucks to bulk
haulers for fertiliser transport
from Auckland to their depot.
Eric and Colin were always
looking for a better performing
vehicle to cope with the farm
paddock difficulties. They began
designing and manufacturing
specialist spreading trucks.
One particularly notable
truck was an all wheel drive
Commer fitted with a semi trailer
with a power driven axle. The
front steerers were fitted with
dual swamp tyres and the two
rear axles fitted with three
swamp tyres on each side of
This truck would go just
about everywhere until it
encountered axle deep mud.
For the next 20 years Dibble
Bros Ltd continued to haul and
spread bulk fertiliser throughout
the central Waikato. The business
had built up considerably
and their depot moved to Te
Awamutu in 1963.
The next step was the move
to running bulk truck and trailer
units hauling other products not
related to fertiliser and not
specifically for their own operation.
They had been
approached on many occasions
to haul other products for customers
and could see that this
new direction was going to be of
benefit to the overall success of
In 1979, Dibble Bros. sold
the spreading side of their business
to concentrate on bulk
hauling, running an increasing
fleet of mainly Macks until 1980
when Eric and Colin decided to
An opportunity arose for an
internal buy-out by five staff
members. The company was
renamed Dibble Independent
Transport with the five working
A further change in ownership
came in 1997 when three
staff members, Barry Stamp,
Geoff Dibble and Derek Smith
purchased the entire business,
including the buildings and property
acquired by the company
over the years and renamed it
Dibble Transport (1997) Ltd. It
still runs under that name today.
Subsequent share sales
have resulted in Barry Stamp
now being the sole owner of
Dibbles, still operating from the
same depot in Te Awamutu.
They operate their own bulk
store, workshop, operation
Proudly servicing Te Awamutu since 1953
OUR EFFICIENCY IS YOUR ECONOMY!
which has been developed
through necessity over the
years and currently run 14 truck
and trailer combinations out of
Nod Chandler, general
manager, made his first contact
with the Dibble name in 1972
when he started driving a
spreader for the company. He
subsequently purchased it and
continued his contact until he
moved to Osbornes Transport to
run the general freight side of
the business. He returned to
Dibbles in 1989 and has
remained with the company
‘‘Dibbles has been a progressive
company and, even
through some very tough times
in the national economy, has
remained a stable operation,’’
At its peak, Dibble Bros was
running 52 vehicles and over 70
staff, but through changes over
the years, Dibbles Transport
now have 14 trucks and around
20 staff in the transport and
related businesses operated by
Centennial Edition Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 9
Engineers still going strong
Stewart and Cavalier
Limited was started
back in 1954 by two
engineers, Alan Stewart
and Sid Cavalier.
They saw a need for an
engineering company to
service the fast growing
farming, dairying and
transport industries in and
around the Waikato Area.
1969 saw the Cavalier
shareholding purchased by
local engineer Merv
Mexted, but the name
remained the same.
John Stewart says that
almost 60 years from
inception, the company is
‘‘It has evolved to
become a major player in
the industry utilising the
excellent skills of their
experienced workforce to
assist with engineering
requirements in the primary
and secondary industries,
agriculture, dairying and
‘‘During this time in
business, the Stewart and
Cavalier team have trained
in excess of 100
these young people into
the workforce to help grow
the engineering industry in
New Zealand and abroad.
‘‘Many of these
returned after seeing the
world to take up positions
again with the company
which gave them their
workshop in Te Awamutu
covers in excess of 2000
square metres and is serviced
by overhead travelling
gantry cranes. There
are rolling, forming,
guillotining and profile cutting
facilities and a comprehensive
machine shop for inhouse
milling and lathe
‘‘Today our vision is to
continue building our business
by listening to our
customers, having fun with
our customers and helping
add value to our customers
‘‘We do this by using
the ideas of our people, by
continually developing new
technology, and by pursuing
‘‘Our subsidiary, ‘Stewart
and Cavalier Engineers
Supplies’, joined up with
the Tradezone Industrial
Group when it was formed
in 2000 and has proven to
be a real success.’’
The Tradezone Group
has 35 individually owned
and operated stores
throughout the country and
is the leading supplier of
Engineering and Industrial
Products in New Zealand
which allows great buying
opportunities for customers.
Stewart and Cavalier
Ltd has developed and
implemented a comprehensive
complies with the ISO 9001
recognition is our stamp of
quality for past, present
and future clients. We see
our greatest resource as
being the skills of our
engineering trades’ personnel
to achieve a high
level of productivity, job
satisfaction and client
‘‘We recognise that
‘good planets are hard to
find’ and as a service provider
to the industry, we
are committed to the
efficient and responsible
use of natural resources.
‘‘We believe excellent
is a big part of good
business management and
we aim to be viewed as a
valued and responsible
member of the community
and to protect and enhance
the environmental image of
‘‘We are currently certified
to the Enviro-Mark NZ
Certification Programme at
the Enviro-Mark NZ Silver
Stewart and Cavalier
Ltd is totally committed to a
both for staff and for customers.
‘‘Safety and first aid
courses are regularly
undertaken and a comprehensive
manual on safety
and health is alive and
plays a big part in how we
do business. We currently
enjoy Tertiary Level
Accreditation to the ACC
Workplace Safety Management
which is as good as it
For more see:
STEWART &CAVALIER & CAVALIER LTD
ENGINEERING SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
07 871 7062 – 1317 ALEXANDRA STREET, TE AWAMUTU
POWER FARMING TE AWAMUTU
The home of new tractors and
machinery since 1971!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR LOCAL PAPER
ON YOUR 100TH ANNIVERSARY
10 Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 Centennial Edition
MUSIC FOR MAORI FILM
Hard at work on the musical score of the
new Centennial historical romance ‘‘Rewi’s
Last Stand,’’ is the eminent composer, Mr
Alfred Hill. Worked out to the minutely-timed
scenario of the battle scenes, Mr Hill’s music
will enhance the emotional power of the
production. Ensign Mair’s slow progress down
the British sap, carrying the flag of truce and
conveying to the Maoris, General Cameron’s
offer, while for the moment the big guns cease
to roar, and grim native heroes await behind
their smoking muskets, bleeding from wounds
there has been no time to staunch — what a
moment! And it is one that Mr Hill has
fittingly heightened with his rare skill.
A State Of War
PEACE EFFORTS FAIL
Prime Minister’s Stirring
We are 49 years going into our 50th
“We started in Market Street in February 1962, the saleyards were at the
bottom of the street. The farmers’ wives (in all their glory) came to town
in the one and only family car - hat, heavy beads and fi nery - up Market
Street to shop on Thursdays and refresh in the two hotels and the two
Fred Cobb was Editor of the Courier in its 50th year, a kindly man who
gave me support and advice - me, a go-getting young man with many
projects that made Te Awamutu a stand out in the Waikato.”
- Ray Hyams (still one of the team)
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Advertising vital element
The arrival of a newspaper
in Te Awa-
mutu on Monday
April 18, 1911 was a giant
leap forward for local
people - suddenly without
going to town they now
knew what shops were
there, what they had to
offer and what their
Also importantly for a
rural town the farmers
knew what stock was
going to be selling at the
saleyards...and so a new
form of advertising was
born in the area.
We already had the
accepted forms –
billboards, signwriting on
shop windows and the one
that has been around for
centuries - word of mouth.
In the early days, and in
fact for decades, the Waipa
Post and then the Te
Awamutu Courier knew
what sold newspapers –
they had nothing but
advertising on the front
page, just check out the
wrap on today’s Courier,
not an article in sight.
It took several decades
for that to change, now you
have lots of stories and
advertisers realised that
being on a news or sports
page gives their advertisements
and increases their effectiveness.
is still an important part, its
called the ‘classified’ section,
but today is
categorised and is a quick
way to find what product or
service you want.
The method of producing
and newspapers has
changed dramatically too.
As you can see with the
examples on this page,
ads in the early days were
all black and white with no
pictures and were all hand
set or linotyped. Colour
wasn’t an option either.
With the gradual
development of printing
press capabilities and
advances, pictures and
spot colour were able to be
Today with new graphic
design techniques and
modern printing presses,
full colour and clear concise
photos are readily
Advertising in general
has certainly come a long
way in 100 years. We now
have many options including:
online, TV, radio,
flyers, billboards and shop
signage to name a few, but
for any advertising to work
you must first get buyers to
look at or listen to it.
In this respect Te Awamutu
businesses are fortunate
to have a strong
LOCAL paper that
provides a captive audience.
Twice a week up to
30,000 people read our
paper (circulation 12,400
homes x 2.4 persons =
29760 + online readers).
Compare this to how
many people listen to a
radio station, watch a TV
channel or surf a particular
site, and it’s easy to see
the extra value of the Te
The Te Awamutu Courier
also produces niche
publications such as Rural
Roundup, DriveBy and
specialist features all
designed to help local
businesses hit their target
Our sales, editorial and
graphic design teams are
well qualified to help you
maximise the effectiveness
of your advertising
ABOVE LEFT: Te Awamutu Courier advertisement for Advance Cars in 1933.
ABOVE RIGHT: 1990 ‘spot colour’ advertisement for the Cash ‘n’ Carry shop
based in the Empire Arcade.
BOTTOM: 2011 full colour advertisement for Wilksbrooke Motors.
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We look forward to
another 100 years of keeping
Te Awamutu businesses
in front of their
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Te Awamutu Courier
on achieving its 100 year
We celebrate our centenary
with you this year.
Kihikihi Road, Te Awamutu.
Phone: 871 5661
Centennial Edition Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 11
Marking 100 years of
NEWSPAPER compositor Sid Leybourne (working on the ‘stone’) uses
lead type to make up pages of the Te Awamutu Courier in the early 1960’s.
The technology to produce
newspapers has changed
enormously over the past
100 years - going from lead type
to the digital era.
When AG Warburton began
the Waipa Post in 1911 he used
hand set lead type to create
impressions and the paper was
printed on a diesel powered
In the decades that followed
printers worked in hot, dusty,
In fact, at one time printers
were tested every six months for
lead poisoning as many perished
The tradesmen had to be
precise to create the correct type
(in reverse) for printing and had
to be extremely skilled to create
type that was curved.
The Te Awamutu Courier
created linotype and ludlow type
faces for other printing
establishments for many years.
The type faces were created
in metal and boxed before being
sent around the country.
The printing process itself
was changed from lead (raised
type) to web offset (flat type) in
The introduction of colour
‘spot’ printing and later colour
separations (to allow colour
photos to be printed) changed
the look of the newspaper markedly.
Today computers allow much
of the same work (which was
done by many more people) to
be done in a much shorter time
Articles are written, photos
processed and advertisements
created digitally before being
paginated and sent electronically
Farm Machinery Centre
We are making a major investment for our future
in Te Awamutu with a new showroom, parts and
administration building plus upgrades to our service
centre due for completion in late 2011...
Farm Machinery Centre
859 OHAUPO RD, TE AWAMUTU, TELEPHONE 07 872 0232 - www.norwood.co.nz/teawamutu - HAMILTON TOLL FREE 07 849 6000, FAX 07 871 8191
12 Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 Centennial Edition CCentennial
Edition Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 13
Dedicated, longserving staff provide baackbone
to ‘Courier’ for past century
Longserving, loyal staff have been a
hallmark of the Te Awamutu Courier.
Over the years there have been
many staff members who have provided
decades of service.
The Warburton family founded the
paper and have had a 97 year involvement
(see more details page 5). John
Warburton was the last family member to
be part of the Courier, retiring after 42
Staff member Gavin Boggiss
notched up just over 46 years, in a
variety of roles including newsroom
manager, advertising manager and compositor.
Of the current staff, Colin Thorsen
has the longest service at 37 years. He
began as a compositor (putting pages
together manually) and has been on the
editorial staff for just over 30 years.
The late Ted Hunwick was on the
staff of Couriers NZ for a period of 36
He joined the community newspaper
in 1949 after serving with the New
Zealand army’s J Force in Japan.
After completing a three year cadetship
he was called back to the army.
When he returned to the Courier in
1955 he was a reporter under the editor
at that time, the late Fred Cobb (who
took over from founder AG Warburton).
In 1970 Mr Hunwick became Te
Awamutu Courier editor and the paper
changed to a tabloid layout (as it is now)
and went to publishing twice a week
instead of three times.
In the early days Mr Hunwick said it
was a seven day a week job.
‘‘We went to all sorts of meetings.
‘‘The paper concentrated on providing
as much local content as possible
with court, county and borough council
meetings, as well as a variety of sporting
and community clubs getting full coverage.’’
Mr Hunwick took great pride in the
community in which he worked and felt
Te Awamutu and its people were wonderful
TE AWAMUTU Courier editor Ted Hunwick (centre) with
journalists Colin Thorsen (left) and Grant Dixon in 1982.
Over the years he saw many
changes - in printing type and news
When new direct imputing and
pagination practices were being
introduced Mr Hunwick felt it may be
time for him to retire.
Ill-health was the final straw and
at 63 he retired from his position of
Te Awamutu Courier editor.
At his farewell the firm’s Board of
Directors chairman David Sterritt
said his long service was typical of
the loyalty shown by many Te
Awamutu Courier staff.
Grant Dixon took over the
editor’s position in 1987. He had
been on the staff for several years
and worked as editor for a further
He went on to become editor of
New Zealand Fishing News and
reporter Grant Johnston took over
the editor’s chair in 1990.
He is still editor today and the
four editorial team members (Grant
Johnston, Colin Thorsen, Dean Tay-
lor and Cathy Asplin) have been
together for just over 21 years.
Mr Johnston says he is honoured
to follow in the footprints of these
He says that having come here in
the fifth form in 1974, he is the
‘newcomer to town’ among the
‘‘Having the same editorial team
of four together at a community
newspaper for over 21 years is
extremely rare. And with Colin, Dean
and Cathy having invested basically
their whole lives in Te Awamutu, the
background knowledge and empathy
and understanding of local
people and issues is second to
They have also seen a huge
change in technology - going from
the era of typewritten reports which
were typeset for printing on the
Courier presses to direct input,
computer pagination and sending
pages electronically for printing in
WAIPA POST &
TE AWAMUTU COURIER
Back row (left to right): M Andrew, W
Groves, M Teddy, W Stewart.
Front row: D Thompson, AG Warburton, G
Back row: Fred Laskey, Howard Hazeldene,
Enoch Hancock, Fred Cobb, Arthur Reese,
George Chalmers, Vic Oates, Harry Davis,
Seated: Gladys Ryburn, Muriel McGhie,
Muriel Taylor, AG Warburton, Eileen Clark,
Dot Peart, Vida Hutt.
Front: Tom Rushbrooke.
Back row: Sid Carter, Bert Moss, Alex
Thompson, Bill Goldie, Bill Ball, Bruce
Fisher, Morrie Hills, Ted Hunwick, Willie
Marshall, Roy Tyack.
Middle row: Fred Laskey, Dot Watson, Fred
Cobb, Myrtle Baskin, George Warburton,
Janet Easton, Val Nolan, Lyn Dowdell.
Front row: Gavin Boggiss, Rod Petersen,
Doug Montgomerie, Bruce Russ.
Back row: Paddy Coldrick, Bobby Grindrod,
Steven Warburton, Andrew Flay, Henry
Nicholas, Neil Guilford, Tony Linton, BJ
Boggiss, Grant Cotterell, Cliff Gordon.
Middle row: Margie Lasenby, Rachelle
Vincent, Brenda Lynds, Michael Thackray,
Andrew Roberts, Alan Price, Shiree Chandler,
Heather McFarlane, Heather Andrew,
Front row: Dean Taylor, Cathy Asplin, Colin
Thorsen, Gavin Boggiss, Grant Johnston,
John Warburton, Marlene Hansen, Leanne
Davy, Carla Barclay, Tania Young, Faye
Back row: Dorinda Courtney, Janet
Uttinger, Tania Cortesi-Western, Anna-
Marie Holmes, Rhonda Bird, Kevin Quinn,
Front row: Cathy Asplin, Colin Thorsen,
Grant Johnston, Alan Price, Dean Taylor,
WAIPA POST STAFF 19111
TE AWAMUTU COURIER STAFF 1939 TE AWAMUTU COURIER STAFF 1961
TE AWAMUTU COURIER STAFF 1996 TE AWAMUTU COURIER STAFF 2011
T Thank You
We are so proud to have been your Community Newspaper for the past 100 years and are looking forward to the next
100 with the same excitement and enthusiasm.
We love bringing you the news, your views and what’s happening in our community - local news, sport, politics,
fundraising, weddings, farming, motoring, something for sale, what’s on at the movies etc..... we enjoy it as much as
To our local businesses, thank you for your many years of support, we are pleased to help your business prosper.
The unsung heroes of the Te Awamutu Courier are our delivery people from Jahntae (9) to Colleen (67) and our 14 RD
drivers. Through rain, hail or shine the paper still gets delivered on time - well done to these 52 people.
To our readers, approx. 30,000 of you, who live in the 12410 homes that our paper is delivered to every Tuesday and
Thursday, a special thanks as it is you that makes us successful.
Every business is only as good as it’s number one resource - it’s staff. To our editorial team, Grant,
Dean, Cathy and Colin, our sales team, Dorinda, Janet and Sandy, our classifi ed team, Tania, Rhonda
and Anna Marie plus our production team, Rachelle, Kevin and Lori. Every one of you contributes
so much in so many ways, Te Awamutu is fortunate to have such a dedicated, knowledgeable and
talented newspaper team.
14 Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 Centennial Edition
Phone: 871 6892
1911 - 2011
Members congratulate and thank the Waipa Post initially and
now the Te Awamutu Courier for supporting the club since
the Croquet Club began in 1911. Mr W. Taylor called the fi rst
meeting and Dr J.S. Reekie was elected president.
Keith Brawn invites past members and any interested,
in joining club members, to their 100th birthday celebrations,
on Saturday, 8th October, 2011.
Phone: 870 1944
Centennial Com. Convener
Phone: 871 5665
Bowers and Son provides
firm support to industries
THIS 1991 photo shows the Kairangi Tractor, which was the first ready mix vehicle purchased by
Bowers and Son, alongside a water tank transport truck.
PIn 1946 H. Bowers and Son
was established in Te Awamutu
by Howard and his son
Raymond, to manufacture concrete
The firm catered for the farming
and local building industry.
They made blocks, pipes and
troughs the hard way — all by hand.
The company gradually expanded
to include the use of machinery which
allowed them to supply a greater
range, and to speed up productivity.
In 1975 they were joined by
Howard’s grandson Jeffrey, who
brought with him his knowledge of
engineering to invent appropriate
When Ray’s son-in-law John Hill
became part of the firm in 1986 his
farming experience played helpful
Expansion has continued with the
installation of a ready mix plant and a
A flashback to our Kairangi tractor in 1990. It
was Bowers first ready mix vehicle.
It’s mission was to mix concrete for a tennis court - a very
labour intensive exercise - but mission accomplished!
Moving forward to our modern fleet of
ready mix trucks today.
Dispatched by our Certified Ready Mix Plant and
on-site research and development laboratory
located in Alexandra Street, Te Awamutu.
BOWERS SON LTD
• Ph: 07 871 5209 • Cnr Alexandra St & Paterangi Rd, Te Awamutu • www.bowersconcrete.co.nz • Email: email@example.com
new plant down Paterangi Road for
the manufacture of concrete storage
Involved in this fourth generation
business are two of Howard’s great
grandsons, Scott Hill and Lachlan
Bowers is a long established firm,
which has always been happy to be
involved in community projects and to
be of service to Te Awamutu and
See us for all your
ready mix and precast concrete needs
Your Certified Ready Mix Concrete Plant
products since 1946
Centennial Edition Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 15
RUMOURS OF PEACE
EARLY EXCITEMENT NOT
UNOFFICIAL CELEBRATION IN
Rumours that the Japanese had surrendered reached
Te Awamutu at an early hour on Saturday morning. The
rumour came from Ohakune, where passengers on the
north-bound express who were asleep were awakened by
a man dashing excitedly through the train stating that
the war was over. At Taumarunui excited crowds
thronged the railway station and train passengers were
awakened by the singing of appropriate songs.
Later messages received over the air proved that
rumour was once again a lying jade, though despite
official announcements broadcast at intervals stated that
there was no information of the rumour, some people still
persisted in spreading the earlier news. An attempt to
stage what was termed an unofficial celebration did not
meet with great success. Te Awamutu Municipal Band
and a small concert party entertained those who were in
Alexandra Street. Several boys with decorated bicycles
and children in fancy costume provided the chief
outward signs of jubilation. The usual Saturday night
patriotic dance in the Town Hall was more largely
attended than has been the case for weeks past.
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“Congratulations Te Awamutu Courier on your 100th Anniversary.
A special thanks for your continued support since 1941.”
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Rosetown Holden motors
into seventh decade
ROSETOWN Holden beginnings — the original Sloane Street premises of Te Awamutu Machinery Exchange.
For 70 years Rosetown Holden has
been catering for the machinery and
motoring needs of Te Awamutu and
and Churchill Streets.
The partnership continued until 1956
when Mr Langmuir withdrew to go farming.
without its issues, and part of owner Stu
Tervit’s strategic plan was been to bring
business to one site.
A long association with Rootes Group The company purchased adjacent pro-
Clive Langmuir founded the business in and Chrysler evolved into the Mitsubishi perties to achieve this goal, and now has a
Sloane Street in 1941 and initially named it franchise dealership, which was held until large yard to display new and used vehicles
Te Awamutu Machinery Exchange, last year.
and the showroom and sales offices all on
employing Eric Freed as office manager. The relationship with Holden spans more one large site.
In 1943 Mr Langmuir and Mr Freed than two decades.
The large, state-of-the-art workshop has
formed a partnership. Together they turned In 1987 the company became a duel plenty of client and workshop parking and
the firm into a limited liability company in franchise group in partnership with Ebbett Rosetown Holden has an extensive parts
Motors, then in 1994 TML bought Ebbetts and accessories department.
The partnership prospered from a largely out.
Mr Tervit says concentrating all their
farm machinery business into a tractor The Rosetown Holden operation is an efforts on the fantastic Holden range of
franchise and then gained the Todd Motors award winning dealership, winning Holden vehicles has been a positive outcome for the
Grand Master Dealer Awards in 2000, 2002, business, and with a great range of new and
The name of the firm was changed to Te 2003, 2004 and 2007 and repeating previ- improved vehicles already released or on
Awamutu Machinery Ltd in 1951 when the ous efforts winning the market share award the horizon, Rosetown Holden will continue
move was made from Sloane Street to new for this area for 2010.
to serve Te Awamutu and district well into
premises built on the corner of Alexandra Operating two franchise yards was not the future.
“On the hill”
OVER 70 NEW AND USED CARS AND COMMERCIALS IN STOCK
16 Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 Centennial Edition
The RSA Club, with well over a
thousand members, is one of our
town’s favourite social venues
offering great service, good food,
a range of activities and fellowship
in a safe, family-orientated venue.
CALL INTO THE RSA AND
SEE FOR YOURSELF.
‘The RSA salutes the
Te Awamutu Courier for
100 years service’
Te Awamutu District
Memorial RSA (Inc)
381 ALEXANDRA STREET
Bill Lyford, phone 871 3707
for further details
Proudly serving Te Awamutu
Contact our team for all your
plumbing, heating and solar requirements
129 Market Street, Te Awamutu - PHONE (07) 871 7099 - Fax (07) 871 8435
Te Awamutu RSA has been
town focal point since 1919
TE AWAMUTU MUSEUM PHOTO
TE AWAMUTU’s first Anzac Parade in 1919, organised by the newly formed Te Awamutu RSA.
The history of the New Zealand
Returned and Services
Association goes back to 1916
when it was formed under the original
name of Returned Soldiers’ Association.
The story of our local club begins
in February, 1919, only three months
after the Armistice and at a time when
men from Te Awamutu were still
returning from the First World War.
A report of a meeting of the Te
Awamutu Chamber of Commerce on
February 28, 1919 suggests that an
attempt was made to form a
‘‘Returned Soldiers Association’’ in
No definite plans were reported
but it was announced that local
returned men would be invited to ‘‘. . .
contact Mr Walters or Sgt-Maj.
Innes’’... Should there be enough
support, then definite plans would be
made to establish the branch’’ . . .
before the Peace Celebrations’’.
It seems that things moved quickly
because only a fortnight later, there
was a report that the Chamber had
formally moved to convene a meeting
of returned soldiers with a view to
forming a branch of the RNZRSA.
Another two weeks later, under
the now familiar badge of the RSA,
there was an advertisement asking all
returned men to assemble in the
Town Hall to meet the secretary of the
The advertisement was signed by
Messrs’ R.J. Innes, J. Oliphant and E.
By Anzac Day, 1919, the new Te
Awamutu RSA was making its mark
with a street parade, led by the first
President, Mr J. Oliphant.
During the early ‘20’s the RSA
was active in getting the War
Memorial on Anzac Green erected
and there are many accounts of
concerts, and parties and reunions.
By 1938 there is a mention of a
need for a permanent venue instead
of meeting in rooms in Burchell’s
By 1944, the name now appeared
as ‘‘Returned Services Association’’
and, in Te Awamutu, firm plans were
made to construct that permanent
‘home’. It was envisaged as being a
club which should not be just for
returned men — a far-seeing policy
by which the club now operates.
The initial building was erected on
the present site under the difficult
conditions of post-war shortages, but
it was opened on September 23,
For some time the Club was run
under two committees — an RSA and
a Club Committee, but this was
changed in 2000 to a single Executive
The Club’s healthy growth was
marked by the purchase as a longterm
investment, of the properties on
the corner of Alexandra and Rewi
Today, Te Awamutu and Districts
Memorial Returned and Services
Club, with well over a thousand
members, is one of our town’s
favourite social venues offering great
service, good food, a range of activities
and fellowship in a safe, familyoriented
Centennial Edition Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 17
Rose Garden Opened
One year after Te Awamutu
Chapter of Jaycee
had called a public meeting
to assess public interest in
a proposed rose garden on
the unattractive Drill Hall
site and 10 1 ⁄2 months after
the first sod was turned by
the Mayor, Mr A. G. Freeman,
the rose garden was
officially opened and
handed over to the
Borough Council on
Present to officially
open this fine public amenity,
was the Governor-
General, Sir Arthur
Porritt, accompanied by
Commander Neil Armstrong and companion
Edwin Aldrin landed their lunar module Eagle in
the barren wastes of the Sea of Tranquillity on
the Moon’s surface at 8.16 this morning New
This historic moment was officially
announced by the United States of America this
morning. The Moon walk by these two pioneers
in space is due to take place this afternoon.
Congratulations to the intrepid explorers and
to the United States for the work they have done
in exploring space.
Te Awamutu Courier claims to be the first newspaper
in the World to print of Man on the Moon.
The plates were on our press when news came
through, so two paragraphs were cut from another story
and journalist Ted Hunwick wrote the above news which
hit the Te Awamutu streets just two hours later.
DRIVING THE FUTURE
of vehicle sales & service
Small beginnings for
award winning yard
Wilksbrooke Motors has
the well earned distinction
of being one of
New Zealand’s most award
winning Mazda dealerships —
a far cry from its humble
beginnings in the corner of Te
Awamutu Service Station.
The company formed in
1978, a partnership between
two Grants — Wilks and
Trading as Grant Wilks
Suzuki, the company soon outgrew
its first premises and
moved to a nearby building,
home of sales, service and
Meanwhile the Mazda franchise
had been secured, and
trading as Wilksbrooke Mazda,
the company was again growing.
By 1984 the Mazda dealership
was employing eight staff,
and like the Suzuki operation,
outgrowing its premises.
Plans started for a new,
combined dealership — to be
known as Wilksbrooke Motors
— and in February 1986 the
current site was opened.
Directly over the road the
former Mazda premises
became the service centre for
A quarter of a century later,
Wilksbrooke Motors stands as
a model automobile franchise
This year they were named
2010 Mazda Rural Dealer of
the Year and also won awards
for Excellence in Market Share
and Excellence in Customer
The awards recognise allround
excellence in all facets of
YOUR LOCAL MAZDA AND SUZUKI MOTORCYCLE DEALERSHIP SINCE 1980
Wishing you all a very Te Awamutu.
and safe motoring!
CONSTRUCTION of the ‘new’ Wilksbrooke Motors yard gets underway in 1985.
a dealership’s operation.
Wilksbrooke Mazda is a five
132 Kihikihi Road,
Phone 871 3079
times previous Mazda Dealer
of the Year — including three in
a row from 2006 - 2008.
At the 2009 awards, when
the threepeat was announced,
Mazda New Zealand managing
director Mazda New Zealand
Andrew Clearwater, said it was
an outstanding achievement.
‘‘Every year Grant, Shirley
and the team at Wilksbrooke
Mazda raise the bar in all areas
of the judging criteria which
includes Mazda dealer standards,
vehicle and parts sales
achievement, service department
performance and customer
‘‘They put a great emphasis
on providing incredible levels
of customer service.’’
18 Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 Centennial Edition
Racing synonymous with TA’s history
has been an
integral part of Te Awamutu
district for well over
The sport of racing began,
with bookmakers providing the
betting avenues, in the 1870s on
a property known as White’s
paddock, subsequently the site
of the Te Awamutu Electric
Power Board building.
In 1876 the racing
enthusiasts moved operations
to Greenhill which was to
become its permanent headquarters.
Greenhill owner William Taylor
had allowed the use of his
property for many years at no
charge, but when the racing club
sought to buy the land, to enable
the transition from a nontotalisator
club to a fully fledged
club, the price was a seemingly
excessive 70 pounds per acre.
The 1914 Racing Commission
visited the district and
indicated that an application for
a totalisator permit would be
So, undaunted by the price
and the additional expense of
800 pounds for a bridge across
the Mangapiko Stream to give
access to the course, the then
Te Awamutu Racing Club
pressed ahead by the time
honoured method of ‘joint and
Those who subscribed their
names to the guarantee, permitting
the raising of 9,000 pounds,
were EB Walker, A H Storey, A
S Wallace, J H Elliott, A Young,
F Quin, E Potts, H Weal, M H
Tims, F Potts, S C Macky, G M
Ahier, M C Lawson, J T Young,
L Bayly, W G Park, N M
Lethbridge, G W Richards, A
Walter, T G Martin, G L Stead
and W G Abbott.
Current club secretary, Blair
Thomson says names like
FLASHBACK: Around 33,000 people invested $46,000 on-course at Taumarunui Racing Club’s jackpot meeting held at Waipa Racecourse on July 29, 1972.
Walker, Storey, Wallace, Elliott,
Young, Weal, Tims, Macky,
Young and Park and others from
the first list of office-bearers, like
Kay and Pollard were to play a
continuing role in Waipa racing
The Greenhill course was
not ready for the club’s first
totalisator meeting in 1915. It
was held at the Waikato Racing
Club’s course (then at Claudelands).
Total stake money of 500
pounds was allotted and the tote
turnover was 9,900 pounds.
For the first meeting at
Greenhill in 1916, stakes were
increased to 700 pounds and
the totalisator turnover
increased to 13,000 pounds.
The track enjoyed its greatest
success as a training centre
The President and Committee of the
Waipa Racing Club extends their heartiest
congratulations to the Te Awamutu Courier
Newspaper, celebrating 100 years of
dedicated service to the people of
Te Awamutu and the Waipa District.
The Waipa Racing Club has now passed 95 years of age
and is looking forward to achieving your milestone in
2015. We have enjoyed a wonderful association with
your company and are deeply indebted to you and your
staff for the tremendous exposure you have given our
industry with coverage of race meetings, personalities
and horses, and for so many years printing the race
books for the Club.
We wish you all the best with your celebrations.
Country Country racing racing
at at its its best best
PHONE 07 871 7047 - FAX 07 871 4409
email: firstname.lastname@example.org - www.racing.teawamutu.co.nz
when the late Bill Sanders, on
his own and then in partnership
with his son Graeme, was training
on a scale previously
unheard of in New Zealand
racing and turning out huge
numbers of winners.
The late Alec Cook had been
a respected trainer there for
decades before the Sanders
phenomenon and the late Jack
McDonald prepared the champion
Mainbrace (and a host of
other good winners) at Te Awamutu
in the 1950s.
The club celebrated its 50th
anniversary with the Watties
Jubilee Gold Cup race meeting
on December 15, 1965, and its
75th anniversary with a race
meeting and dinner on February
A highlight of the dinner was
the cutting of the 75th Jubilee
Cake by 92-year-old George
Ramsay, an original club member.
Another memorable event
was the special permit obtained
to celebrate the Borough of Te
Awamutu Centennial Race
Meeting on Friday, September
Jackpot fever hit Te Awamutu
on that famous last day of
July, 1972, when the race
course bulged at the seams with
Waipa had to cope with an
estimated crowd of 33,000 in
search of the big jackpot at
Taumarunui Racing Club’s
Just Regal put paid to most
jackpot hopes, paying over $70
for the win.
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Local racing identity, Des
Riordan recalls Te Awamutu
trainer Jack Hayes being in
Australia at the time.
In his absence, Riordan was
asked to saddle up Just regal by
the Hayes stable’s young
‘‘It was probably the
roughest and most unpopular
horse I’ve ever seen win a race,’’
Coverage on the jackpot
meeting, by the Te Awamutu
Courier, records the totalisator
being kept open about 20
minutes after the scheduled
time for the first race, to serve
the long queues of people who
invested $692,55.55 on it.
Part of the delay was caused
by traffic hold-ups on the State
Highway from the north.
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Starter on the day Fred Hain
left his car at Ohaupo and
flagged down a farmer on his
motorbike. They raced along the
grass verges, getting to the
racecourse just in time for the
belated start to race one.
Hundreds were at the course
when it opened at 5am. Many
had spent the night sleeping in
vehicles in an overnight parking
area. About 1000 arrived in a
chartered train from Auckland.
Former Waipa president,
Colin Francis says there has
never been a crowd to rival that
Recent developments at the
racecourse include two state of
the art stable complexes of 34
boxes each operated by Chris
and Richard Otto, and Keith and
Brendon Hawtin respectively.
WORK FUNCTIONS • WEDDINGS • ALL OCCASIONS
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Lynette Mackie 021 173 9021
PHONE TAW 07 871 6735
- 316 SLOANE STREET (NEXT TO SUPERLIQUOR), TE AWAMUTU -
Centennial Edition Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 19
History adds up over 72 years
elly & Bryant
was established in Te Awamutu
Originally started up by
Mr.KSKelly and Mr. S C
Bryant, the practice was
originally based in the
Burns building (above the
House of Wares today).
It then moved further
along Alexandra Street into
the old Woolworths supermarket
building in 1985.
After renovations were
completed the building was
considered to be the most
up to date, well appointed
offices in town.
With the most recent
move to the building formerly
used by Taylors restaurant
it is a case of
history repeating itself. The
premises has more space,
more natural light, better
parking, better accessibility
and better staff facilities.
The current directors
are Jon Page (1968), Ray
O’Connor (1982) and Craig
The majority of clients
come from the Greater
Waikato area, but they
have clients across the
Kelly & Bryant strives to
provide the best service
“We not only provide
accounting services, we
also offer a range of
services aimed at adding
value to businesses.’’
These services include:
Accounting Systems, Management
Succession and Business
ABOVE: The Self Help
was renovated to be
the new home for Kelly
& Bryant in 1985. The
area where the building
is being demolished
became the carpark.
RIGHT: Ken Kelly and
BELOW: Kelly &
Bryant’s current directors
(from left): Craig
O’Connor, Jon Page.
“ To get to know and understand our clients
and their business and to help them reach
their full potential”
WE SPECIALISE IN:
❙ GST/Monthly Accounting ❙ Annual Accounting
❙ Accounting Software Packages
❙ Taxation Planning ❙ Succession Planning
❙ Financial Health Checks ❙ Business Valuations
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❙ Business Planning/Development
For professional advice in a relaxed and friendly
environment, visit our team at
Kelly & Bryant Chartered Accountants
411 Greenhill Drive, Te Awamutu
PO Box 377, Te Awamutu Ph (07) 871 3176 Fax (07) 871 3541
Email email@example.com – www.kb.co.nz
20 Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 Centennial Edition
Newspapers roll off our presses for 87 years
When AG Warburton came to Te Awamutu in 1908
he brought a commercial printing operation and it
began on the current Alexandra Street site of the
Te Awamutu Courier office.
The first press was a Dawson Double Royal Wharfdale
powered by an oil engine. It was assembled and operated
in a shed on the property.
The Alexandra Street offices and a brick printing room
were built in 1913 on the current Te Awamutu Courier site.
A Meihle press, which was a larger format and faster
than the Wharfdale, with 800 impressions an hour was
The company suffered a setback in 1927 when a fire
badly damaged the press and equipment in the printing
room. The Meihle press was restored and continued to be
used until a Cossar press with an operating speed of 2800
newspapers was installed in 1933. This press also had to
be restored as it had been in the Napier earthquake.
In 1936 the newspaper’s name was changed to Te
Awamutu Courier to mark the company’s 25th anniversary.
At this time the company was publishing several
newspapers, including Stratford, Hamilton and Otahuhu
A new Cossar press was bought in 1966, taking the
time to print the Courier to around two hours. It served the
company well until the process was changed from ‘hot
We have the Te Awamutu Community’s
wellbeing at heart
Te Awamutu Medical Centre, staffed with eleven Doctors,
is open Monday to Friday for all your family medical
After hours your calls are automatically transferred
to the National Triage Service for advice.
220 Bank Street, Te Awamutu
Phone 872 0300
metal’ type to web offset printing in 1976.
This press began with three eight-page units,
expanded to five units within a year and then a sixth was
added to allow printing 18,000 papers per hour.
The first Goss Community press was installed at the
rear of the current Te Awamutu Courier building, then an
enlarged version was installed in the purpose-built printing
hall (at the rear of the property) in 1985.
At this stage the Courier took just 14 minutes to print.
During the 1980’s the press was publishing newspapers
from around the country, as well as farming
publications and property guides.
A colour printing unit was added in 1987, allowing the
Courier to print its own first colour photographs.
In 1992 the Te Awamutu Courier was purchased by
Wilson and Horton (later taken over by APN) and the Goss
printing press was removed in December 1998.
Today the Courier is printed at the APN Ellerslie press
hall in Auckland.
RIGHT: the first Cossar press which was restored
following the Napier earthquake.
BELOW LEFT: the new Cossar press when it was
installed in 1966.
BELOW RIGHT: the Goss press operating in 1988.
Proceeds to go to the Christchurch Earthquake Fund
My books. My stationery. My store.
• PHONE 871 5257 • 263 ALEXANDRA STREET, TE AWAMUTU
Centennial Edition Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 21
Lotto Sales Away
To Slow Start
Lotto went on sale in Te Awamutu
yesterday through two outlets in a less
than spectacular fashion.
Many had predicted a big demand early in
the day as patrons tried their luck for the first
time, but it was not to be.
When the Courier attended both Guy’s
Bookshop and Action Video at about 10.30 a.m.
yesterday, both reported having handled only
about 20 customers each.
Those who have bought tickets in the
first draw will have to wait more than a
week for the result. This will take place
before Network Two television cameras in
Auckland at 8.00 p.m. on August 1.
Tough At Top For Star
It is no easy road at the top for Neil Finn,
lead singer of the international rock group
‘‘The more popular one gets and more
demands are placed on you,’’ he said in an
interview with his parents Dick and Mary
Finn, at Cambridge last week.
The former Te Awamutu resident hit the
limelight when he joined brother Tim in ‘‘Split
Enz’’ which became the top Australasian
group before it disbanded.
Since forming ‘‘Crowded House’’ with
Australians Paul Hester and Nick Seymour,
Finn has risen to greater heights.
Though just turned 29, Neil Finn has a
lot of experience behind him and expects to
still be in the entertainment business ten
120 years in Te Awamutu
EDMONDS JUDD in 1987 following the merger of two local firms: Judd Brown Partners and Edmonds Dodd.
Edmonds Judd in its present
form came into existence in
1987 with the merger of two
The practice of Coek & Judd
operated from Roche Street
premises which had been estab-
partner in 1968.
In 1975 the firm shifted from
Roche Street to its present site
Oscar Edmonds, and latterly by
Brian Coley and John Quin.
The firm operated from Market
firms: Judd Brown Partners and lished in the early 1900s. The firm and progressively John O’Shea, Street and following the merger
Edmonds Dodd. But it can trace its progressively expanded and in Chris Rejthar and Richard Gray with Judd Brown, shifted to
beginnings to Thomas Gresham World War II merged with another became partners. Partners at the premises on Albert Park Drive.
who was possibly the first prac- firm Oliphant & Hill, to form Coek time of the merger with Edmonds The partners at the time of the
titioner in Te Awamutu.
Judd and Hill.
Dodd were Malcolm Brown, Bevan merger with Judd Brown were
Judd Brown Partners traces its In 1955 they employed Bevan Kay, Bruce Page, John O’Shea, Charlie Storey, Michael Edmonds,
history to Thomas Gresham who Kay and Malcolm Brown, who Chris Rejthar and Richard Gray. Brent Kelly, John Anderson and
was in practice from early 1880’s became partners of the firm in Oscar Edmonds founded what Mike McIvor.
and was the Te Awamutu coroner. 1956 with Owen Prichard who was to become Edmonds Dodd Edmonds Judd is now a four
The firm has had its share of shortly afterwards left to enter the and was initially joined in partner- partner firm (Bruce Page, Richard
great citizens - together with some church.
ship by Selwyn Preston, who later Gray, Simon Brdanovic, Chris
Paul Page, Bruce Page’s became a stipendiary magistrate. Grenfell) with an associate
The firm takes its name from father, had been in practice on his Oscar Edmonds was then joined (Mandy Rasmussen), two staff
Oscar Edmonds who after serving own in Te Awamutu and joined the in partnership by Arthur Pettitt and solicitors (Hayley Willers and
in World War I established the firm firm in 1968, which became Judd subsequently by Paul Page. Rachael Bain) and twenty staff in
that was later known as Edmonds Page Brown and Kay. Paul Page Paul Page left the firm, Arthur total.
Dodd, and Ray Judd who came to had also been a partner in what Pettitt died while still quite young Edmonds Judd has a strong
Te Awamutu in 1938 from Auck- was to become Edmonds Dodd and Oscar Edmonds was joined in rural client base with a focus on
land and joined Vic de Coek in and therefore was the link partnership by John Goldfinch and rural, residential and commercial
partnership. Vic de Coek had between the two firms 20 years Arthur Dodd to form the partner- conveyancing.
taken over the practice of Cecil prior to the merger.
ship of Edmonds Dodd and Gold- The firm specialises in trust
Downes, who was a Mayor of Te Bruce Page, who had been finch. Progressively they were and estate matters and, with the
Awamutu and who had acquired working in Auckland, joined the joined by Charlie Storey and return of Chris Grenfell, provides
the practice of Thomas Gresham. firm and after a brief OE became a Michael Edmonds, the son of expertise in civil litigation work.
22 Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 Centennial Edition
100% Locally Owned and Operated
Congratulations to the Te Awamutu Courier on 100 years
of achievement. We are proud to have been helping
shape the local landscape for over 35 years
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The Veterinary Centre was incorporated in 1942 and has a board
of directors who represent the farmers from your region. They are involved
in dairying and sheep and beef farming.
This cooperative club structure ensures that we are aligned with the
agricultural sector and deliver the services and products that farmers
• Experienced and passionate vets and support staff.
• Business profi ts that are re-invested into education, technology
Our veterinary services range from on farm and small animal
clinical services to planned animal health work, consultancy
services and vet technical support. We also provide seminars, fi eld
days and ongoing training for our clients and their farm workers.
Focus remains on animal health
The Te Awamutu Veterinary
was formed on February
23, 1943 when a
group of progressive Te
Awamutu farmers led by
Mr W Hodgson and Mr R H
Clark decided to form a
(Club) to bring the knowledge
and skill of veterinary
science within the reach of
Circulars inviting membership
were distributed to
farmers who quickly saw
the possibilities available to
them and joined the practice
in ever increasing
Later in 1943 a group of
Otorohanga farmers led
Russell Davis and Cyril
Reeve asked to be
included in the scheme and
so the service was
extended to the Otorohanga
At this stage the practice
operated from a small
room rented from the then
Loan and Mercantile Co
building (now RD1) in Arawata
Street, Te Awamutu.
Tenders were invited
from local chemists to
supply drugs and supplies
for resale to members.
Ensors Chemist in Te Awamutu
and Johnsons Chemist
in Otorohanga were the
By 1945 membership
was approaching 500 and
a third veterinarian was
had to be limited to 500 at
this stage as no further
vets were available and
service had to be restricted
to within a 12 mile radius of
both Te Awamutu and
At this time penicillin
MAYOR Bruce Berquist cuts the ribbon at The Veterinary Centre in 1994.
became available and its
advent was of major
importance in veterinary
In 1950 -51 the practice
expanded its boundaries to
include Pio Pio and Te
The Te Awamutu Clinic
was located in what is now
Bartrum and Sons Car
Painters. Radio telephones
were installed into the cars
in 1954 enabling much
better liaison between vets
At this time the Faye
house in Sloane Street
which is the basis of the
present Te Awamutu clinic
was purchased for the sum
of £4,050 and after some
renovation this clinic was
officially opened in October
1954 employing six
In 1957 a clinic was
established in Otorohanga.
When the practice celebrated
50 years in 1993 the
clinic names were changed
to The Te Awamutu Veterinary
Centre and The
There were a total of 11
veterinarians and two veterinary
nurses and 13 support
Renovations to the Te
Awamutu Clinic were
completed and opened by
Mayor Bruce Berquist on
April 21, 1994.
In 2000 the practice
purchased Glenview Veterinary
Ohaupo Road. This branch
is now operating out of the
Glenview Shopping Centre
complex and focuses on
the needs of the small
animal clientele as well as
servicing the Rukuhia and
Te Kowhai areas.
On April 16, 2004 new
premises were opened in
Otorohanga and Putaruru
Veterinary Services was
purchased on July 1, 2007.
The Te Awamutu
branch has out-grown its
current premises and will
be relocating in October to
premises now under construction
The Veterinary Centre
currently employees at
total of 24 veterinarians, six
veterinarian nurses, two
veterinary technicians, 17
support staff, an operational
manager and CEO.
The Board of Directors
currently consists of six
dairy farmers and one
sheep/beef farmer from
around the district, with
Our dedicated animal health sales team provide a full range of products
at competitive prices. Our range of farm supply animal health and
nutritional products, coupled with a delivery service aims to improve
the effi ciency in the way our clients operate their farming business.
Later this year we will be moving to a new veterinary complex, currently
under construction on Mahoe Street.
333 Sloane Street 07 8715039 www.thevetcentre.co.nz
Centennial Edition Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 23
Regent movie theatre a mix of
history and state-of-the art
On March 12 next year Te
Theatre turns 80 — no
mean feat for a provincial
cinema.It is a fact that the
success of the Regent Theatre
is due to the passion for all
things cinematic from owner
He recently celebrated 37
years as owner operator of the
cinema, and 50 years in the
A key to our theatre (now a
five screen complex) is the
commitment to the best and
latest technology to ensure a
great picture and sound.
And this seems to have been
a commitment made right from
In the Waipa Post (Thursday,
March 10, 1932) the announcement
of the opening of the new
theatre was made.
When it became general
The Waipa Post
SATURDAY 5th MARCH, 1932
R EGENT T HEATRE
By His Worship the Mayor,
SATURDAY, MARCH 12th,
At 8 p.m.
Box Plan opens on TUESDAY at
Patterson’s Music Store.
SPECIAL CHILDREN’S MATINEE
At 2.30 p.m.
20th JULY, 1955
INTRODUCING TO TE AWAMUTU
THE NEW GIANT
Now Installed at
THE REGENT THEATRE !
Bringing TE AWAMUTU up
to date with the Very Latest
Trend in Cinema Presentation
throughout the h World
NOW SHOWING W !
Three More Days !
TONIGHT, THURSDAY, FRIDAY.
THE CAINE MUTINY ––
(For Universal Exhibition.)
GREAT as a Book !
As a Picture, the GREATEST !
–– THE CAINE MUTINY ––
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL !
Book in Right Away !
DO NOT Wait for the LAST
Night (Friday) if you can get
Friday will be full to the doors.
AND, DON’T FORGET ! ––
–– M A N D Y ––
(For Universal Exhibition)
IS THE NEXT BIG REGENT
knowledge that a private company
comprising residents of Te
Awamutu district had decided to
erect an up-to-date motion picture
theatre, there was a lot of
interest displayed, not only in
the personnel of those responsible
but also to a considerable
degree as to just what sort of
building would be erected and
During the past two or three
weeks the finishing touches
have been added, and to-day
the theatre building is one of the
most imposing and attractive of
its kind outside the cities. It
stands in a splendid situation,
with a frontage to Alexandra
Street of 66 feet, with a depth of
There is seating accommodation
for 800 patrons, and the
chairs themselves are decidedly
comfortable, all upholstered in
moquette with shaped backs
THURSDAY 10th MARCH, 1932
R EGENT T HEATRE
The Pride of Te Awamutu
GRAND OFFICIAL OPENING
NEXT SATURDAY AT 8 P.M.
BY HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR
(C. G. Downes, Esq.),
THE TWO GREAT SCREEN
The Universally Popular Romance,
D ADDY L ONG L EGS
You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Cheer,
D ADDY L ONG L EGS
A romance as sweet as that first kiss,
and as human as life itself.
D ADDY L ONG L EGS
The Enchanting Story that has moved
millions to tears and smiles.
SPECIAL MATINEE AT 2 P.M.
Presenting in addition to
“DADDY LONG LEGS”
The First Episode of
BATTLING WITH BUFFALO BILL
Every boy and girl will thrill with
delight. Buffalo Bill is the World’s
Greatest Hero with juveniles.
NOTE.– THE BOX PLAN IS AT
PATTERSON’S MUSIC STORE.
Hurry ! Hurry ! The booking is
You may reserve for Monday or
COMMENCING ON WEDNESDAY,
COMMENCING ON WEDNESDAY,
E AST O F B ORNEO
SPECIAL FARMERS’ MATINEE
At 1.30 on Thursday.
and more than usual space
between the rows...
The motion picture apparatus
is the latest production of the
well known Western Electric
Company, and is said to be
without peer in the whole of the
This year work to bring digital
cinema to the main theatre was
completed, and at the same
time enhancements were made
to the seating arrangements in
Last year a new screen and
speakers were installed, and
recently the new digital projector
was installed, bringing 2D and
3D capability to the main
The Regent has utilised the
same technology and experience
that has made the Number
2 digital theatre so successful,
installing a Barco digital projector
and Dolby 3D system.
REGENT Cinema confectionery counter December, 1939.
A new platform was built to
raise the 35mm and digital
projectors so patrons in the last
rows wouldn’t interfere with the
This required the installation
of new windows in the projection
room, work that revealed all the
old window and gave an idea of
the improvements and
modifications that have been
made over the years.
Mr Webb was able to open a
full three rows beyond the previously
curtained area and has
built a half wall behind the back
seats which provides better
access around the theatre.
Mr Webb’s friend, and technical
advisor, Fred Jonathan
Te Te Awamutu Awamutu �
Phone 07 871 6678 - www.regent3.itgo.com
has been in the movie even
longer than the Regent owner
and has overseen many of the
He, and technicians working
on the project, agree the result is
stunning — worthy of presenting
the art form that is the moving
picture to the public of Te
Awamutu and district.Another
true movie buff, Mr Jonathan
says the advent of great digital
technology is great for the
moviegoer as the sound and
picture is always top quality —
and Regent’s Number 1 and 2
theatres are the best place to
(LEFT) Te Awamutu’s Regent Cinema ‘standing in a
splendid situation with a frontage to Alexandra Street’
when it was built in the 1930’s. The theatre turns 80 in
February next year.
24 Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 Centennial Edition
Bradfi eld Farm Ltd Celebrating
over half a century
Kevin’s Grandfather and Father, Alan
Bradfi eld White and Graeme White
respectively, started Bradfi eld Farm
Ltd in the 1950’s. It all began when
they purchased a run down farm just
south of Te Awamutu in Ngahape.
Graeme was always involved in
agricultural contracting. In the 1940’s
he would weld frames onto the front of
old cars making them into hay sweeps
so that he and Don Verity could do the
Later when he couldn’t get a reliable
contractor to harvest his maize on the
home dairy farm, he brought his own
combine harvester and Bradfi eld Farm
Ltd was born.
“Mum would answer the phones, and
initially, Dad was driving” says Kevin.
Kevin grew up helping his father
behind the wheel. “When we couldn’t
get precision spray equipment, we
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began manufacturing our own. I was in
charge purchasing and quality control
and had a tiny desk in the offi ce”.
“I must have been in my late teens.
It was a busy time; we were exporting
around seven machines to Australia
Late in the 1980’s the manufacturing
business, Regal Holdings Ltd was
sold and Kevin concentrated on the
contracting. He was joined by Kirsten
10 years ago, and they now have a
sizable contracting operation and
productive dairy farm.
“Contracting is in the blood” says
“My grandmother and grandfather
owned the fi rst Claas combine in the
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Looking to the future is exciting
for Kevin, Kirsten and their three
children. Bradfi eld Farm Ltd has
various projects it is involved with that
are complimentary to the contracting
“We understand what farmers need
to be profi table and get the most from
their business. We are farmers too”
“We also have an awesome team.
They are professional, experienced
operators that have been with us
for a long time. We are excited and
enthusiastic about the next 50 years
for the agricultural industry and we
will be right here, driving success.”
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