Te Awamutu Courier - Centenary Edition - April 18th, 2011


Te Awamutu Courier - Centenary Edition - April 18th, 2011

Te Awamutu Courier


Tuesday, April 18, 1911 - Monday, April 18, 2011

Centennial Edition

2 Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 Centennial Edition



Alan Price


Grant Johnston


Colin Thorsen

Dean Taylor

Cathy Asplin


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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.




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

Newspaper delivery

‘boy’ Cliff Gordon

(right) delivers

replicas of the first edition

of the Waipa Post to a

massive crowd gathered

for the centennial float parade

along Alexandra


Wearing knickerbockers

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

in 1984.

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

church service.

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

community’s centennial


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


Tuesday, April 18, 1911 - Monday, April 18, 2011

Centennial Edition

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

without advertisers.

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

intervening years.

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

community newspaper’’.

Chamber marks

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

times weekly.

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


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



some from

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

April, 2002.

Te Awamutu Courier: (community

bi-weekly newspaper)

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

vibrant business


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

early 1940’s.

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.


4 Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 Centennial Edition



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Firm remains family affair

Osborne’s Transport

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

amalgamated their

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

remaining shareholders

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

Mitchell (Ohaupo).

Ellis’ work included timber

post cartage from Kinleith

and Putaruru. The

Mitchell purchase was to

form a joint venture

between Osbornes,

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

the country.

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

reached 27.

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

cartage needed


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

brothers-in-law Robert

Osborne's Transport (2000) Ltd


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

the organisation.

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

Des Barr.


Phone George or John on 07 872 0177 ~ 879 Factory Road, Te Awamutu

Centennial Edition Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 5

Family link lasts 97 years

Warburtons have proud printing tradition



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.

printing business.

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.


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

Electrical Supplies

“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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Printing orders completed in Courier bindery

Te 8045263AA

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

Awamutu Courier.

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

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Centennial Edition

of quality, size and colour were utilised to

print on, initially in black and white, later

in colour.

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,

stapling, perforating.

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

books done.

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

for dispatch.

BOOK binder Marjorie Anderson collates a job in

the bindery (1990).

Centennial Edition Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 7

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

for printing.

“Congratulations Te Awamutu Courier

- wishing you a 100 more!”



25 Alexandra Street - phone 07 871 6797



8 Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 Centennial Edition

Blast From

Our Past






(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.


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

credit. (Applause).



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

by hand.

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

each axle.

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

their company.

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

as owners/directors.

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


(1997) LIMITED


which has been developed

through necessity over the

years and currently run 14 truck

and trailer combinations out of

their depot.

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

ever since.

‘‘Dibbles has been a progressive

company and, even

through some very tough times

in the national economy, has

remained a stable operation,’’

he says.

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

the company.

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.

Managing Director

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,

power generation,

agriculture, dairying and

transport industries.

‘‘During this time in

business, the Stewart and

Cavalier team have trained

in excess of 100

apprentices, delivering

these young people into

the workforce to help grow

the engineering industry in

New Zealand and abroad.

‘‘Many of these

tradespeople have

returned after seeing the

world to take up positions

again with the company

which gave them their

original start.

‘‘Our manufacturing

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

CNC computerised

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

‘Best Practice’.

‘‘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

quality management

programme which

complies with the ISO 9001


‘‘This international

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

environmental performance

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

our clients.

‘‘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

work-safe environment

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:



Since 1951




Te Awamutu


The home of new tractors and

machinery since 1971!



10 Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 Centennial Edition


Blast From

Our Past



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

Britain’s Declaration

Against Germany


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

other eateries!

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)



The firm fi rm that got things done



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

specials were.

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

excellent visability

and increases their effectiveness.

Wall-to-wall advertising

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

other technological

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

Awamutu Courier.

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.



- call the friendly team at The Pirongia Hotel.

An olde worlde atmosphere in the friendly village

under the majestic Pirongia mountain

Our restaurant is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 5pm

Great for a relaxing dining alternative with friends & family.


on the Courier reaching its milestone!

from The Pirongia Hotel

We look forward to

another 100 years of keeping

Te Awamutu businesses

in front of their



The Te Awamutu Golf Club

congratulates the

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

technological advances

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,

lead-filled environments.

In fact, at one time printers

were tested every six months for

lead poisoning as many perished

from exposure.

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

for printing.

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...



Te Awamutu

for over

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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

three years.

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

brilliant predecessors.

He says that having come here in

the fifth form in 1974, he is the

‘newcomer to town’ among the

editorial team.

‘‘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






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,

George Warburton.

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,

Marj Anderson.

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,

Rachelle Vincent.

Front row: Cathy Asplin, Colin Thorsen,

Grant Johnston, Alan Price, Dean Taylor,

Sandy Pepperell.




T Thank You

Te Awamutu

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

you do.

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


Te Awamutu

Croquet Club

Keith Brawn


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.

Doug Scott


Phone: 870 1944

Jean Patterson

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

automated equipment.

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.


• Ph: 07 871 5209 • Cnr Alexandra St & Paterangi Rd, Te Awamutu • www.bowersconcrete.co.nz • Email: bowers@wave.co.nz

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

surrounding districts.

See us for all your

ready mix and precast concrete needs

Your Certified Ready Mix Concrete Plant


and supplying

superior concrete

products since 1946


Centennial Edition Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 15

Blast From

Our Past







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.

R O S E T O W N H O L D E N ’ S

MEGA Mahoe Street

“On the hill”






“Congratulations Te Awamutu Courier on your 100th Anniversary.

A special thanks for your continued support since 1941.”

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8045096AA Rosetown

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”


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.



‘The RSA salutes the

Te Awamutu Courier for

100 years service’

Te Awamutu District

Memorial RSA (Inc)


Please contact

Bill Lyford, phone 871 3707


for further details

Proudly serving Te Awamutu

since 1949

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’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

this district.

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

Auckland RSA.

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

Committee regime.

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


Blast From

Our Past


Rose Garden Opened

By Governor-General

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

Monday morning.

Present to officially

open this fine public amenity,

was the Governor-

General, Sir Arthur

Porritt, accompanied by

Lady Porritt.

They’ve Landed!

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

Zealand time.

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.


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

the business.

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


Merry Christmas

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

satisfaction results.

‘‘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

100 years.

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

favourably considered.

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

several guarantees’.

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: racing.teawamutu@xtra.co.nz - 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

22, 1990.

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

28, 1984.

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.

Happy Centenary

It’s time to


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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,’’

says Riordan.

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

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Centennial Edition Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 19

History adds up over 72 years


elly & Bryant


Accountants Ltd

was established in Te Awamutu

in 1939.

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

Sanders (2001).

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

top-class traditional

accounting services, we

also offer a range of

services aimed at adding

value to businesses.’’

These services include:

Accounting Systems, Management

Consulting, Business

Development, Business


Succession and Business

Life Planning.

ABOVE: The Self Help

(Woolworths) supermarket

building which

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

Silver Bryant.

BELOW: Kelly &

Bryant’s current directors

(from left): Craig

Sanders, Ray

O’Connor, Jon Page.



“ To get to know and understand our clients

and their business and to help them reach

their full potential”


❙ GST/Monthly Accounting ❙ Annual Accounting

❙ Accounting Software Packages

❙ Taxation Planning ❙ Succession Planning

❙ Financial Health Checks ❙ Business Valuations

❙ Family Trust Requirements

❙ 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 info@kb.co.nz – 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

Te Awamutu

Medical Centre

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.



Centennial Edition Te Awamutu Courier, Monday, April 18, 2011 21

Blast From

Our Past


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

‘‘Crowded House.’’

‘‘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

years hence.

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





Welcome to Corboy Country - For contracting excellence contact us today

14 Te Kawa Road, Te Awamutu

Phone 07 - 8711 803 • Email brent@corboys.co.nz

Cactus 0274 930 897; Brent 027 271 1803

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

require including:

• Experienced and passionate vets and support staff.

• Business profi ts that are re-invested into education, technology

and equipment

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

Veterinary Co-operative

(Club) to bring the knowledge

and skill of veterinary

science within the reach of

local farmers.

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

successful tenders.

By 1945 membership

was approaching 500 and

a third veterinarian was

appointed. Membership

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

and clients.

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

Otorohanga Veterinary


There were a total of 11

veterinarians and two veterinary

nurses and 13 support

staff employed.

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

Services on

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

on Alexandra


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

membership now

approaching 1000.

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

Awamutu’s Regent

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

Allan Webb.

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

day one.

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











By His Worship the Mayor,



At 8 p.m.


Box Plan opens on TUESDAY at

Patterson’s Music Store.



At 2.30 p.m.

20th JULY, 1955








Now Installed at


Bringing TE AWAMUTU up

to date with the Very Latest

Trend in Cinema Presentation

throughout the h World


Three More Days !




(For Universal Exhibition.)

GREAT as a Book !

As a Picture, the GREATEST !


(In Technicolour)


Book in Right Away !

DO NOT Wait for the LAST

Night (Friday) if you can get

in earlier.

Friday will be full to the doors.



–– M A N D Y ––

(For Universal Exhibition)




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

112 feet...

There is seating accommodation

for 800 patrons, and the

chairs themselves are decidedly

comfortable, all upholstered in

moquette with shaped backs






The Pride of Te Awamutu





(C. G. Downes, Esq.),









The Universally Popular Romance,


You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Cheer,

You’ll Sigh.


A romance as sweet as that first kiss,

and as human as life itself.


The Enchanting Story that has moved

millions to tears and smiles.


Presenting in addition to


The First Episode of


Every boy and girl will thrill with

delight. Buffalo Bill is the World’s

Greatest Hero with juveniles.

Children 6d.




Hurry ! Hurry ! The booking is


You may reserve for Monday or







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

the theatre.

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

see them.


(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

hay rounds.

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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the the

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

every week”.

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


specially specially formulated


for for our our





Waikato. My father met my mother

when he went to pick up a part for a

broken machine. So it is not surprising

that I am involved with contracting


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”

says Kevin

“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.”

Ngahape Road, RD3, Te Awamutu 3873 - Phone 07 873 2807

e: bradfi eldfarmltd@farmside.co.nz - Fax 07 873 2784



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