Waitomo News : 25-November-2014
6 WAITOMO NEWS Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Buses for Hire • Charter Bus • Rental Mini Buses • Luggage Trailer ph078778153•fax078778177 kiwi st piopio WAY MOTORS 333For all your cartage requirements Call the team at Progress Transport 07 877 8058 • Open 8am-5pm • Ages 6 months - 5 years • Quality, experienced teaching staff • 20hoursECEfor3and4yearolds • WINZ approved Contact Stephanie Brough (Director/Manager) for more information 07 877 8224 COREY BARNSDALL BUILDERS LTD Registered Master Builder ews YOUR NEWS, YOUR VIEWS WAITOMO CALLING PIOPIO BUSINESSES Advertise here! Join with other Piopio businesses to promote Piopio! Advertise on this page monthly for a reduced rate of only $60 + GST full colour Phone Rochelle today on 07 878 1188 12 Ruru St Piopio ph: 07 877 8769 email: firstname.lastname@example.org .nz Open Wed - Sun from 3pm BAR & EATERY Fresh raspberries available now FROZEN FRUIT AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND Contact Mike or Angela OPEN LATE OCT - APR PIOPIO BERRY ORCHARD Ph 07 877 8490 SH3, Piopio OPEN 7 DAYS The best berries in town Sweet juicy Strawberries AND Delicious Asparagus AVAILABLE NOW! A: 53 Moa St, Piopio | T: 07 877 8106 WORKING DOGS ARE JUST LIKE ATHLETES.. A: 32 Taupiri St, Te Kuiti | T: 07 878 8137 Better nutrtion = a longer life with less injuries. They need premium performance food over the busy season for maximum output. Come in and discuss the benefits with one of our team. We are feeling Christmassy! Pop in and take a peek at our Christmas gift range. a: 54 Moa St, Piopio | p: 07 877 8992 e: email@example.com Piopio POSITIVELY Sign a slice of rural life 50yrs ago BYJAMES PAUL PIOPIO’S Peter Holbrook didn’t invent the ‘selfie’, but he has added a traditional point of difference to the art of making one. The oil painting enthusiast was commissioned by Piopio and Dis- tricts Museum chairman John Petre to create a new sign promoting the community facility. The original museum sign had become weathered and was in need of an update. So Mr Holbrook painted a tra- ditional rural image of himself on horseback, mustering sheep with sev- eral dogs in front of Kahuwera Hill. It represents the long established farming techniques used by many North King Country residents during the past 50 years, which Mr Petre says is fitting for the museum. “We have known Peter to produce excellent rural scenes. I have seen a lot of them and I thought of them as high-quality work, “So I felt that Peter would be very capable of doing an interesting paint- ing for our museum that would give it a bit of interest value, rather than the ‘museum’ sign which I put up myself about 20 years ago.” The painting is a composite from photographs taken by Mr Holbrook during his many years working on King Country farms and stations as a shepherd and horse-breaker. The horse portrayed is ‘Lady’ who was bred by the late Mary Swindells in 1992, who farmed with horses on her Kahuwera Rd property. Mr Holbrook and his wife Diane purchased the horse as a two-year-old in 1996 before selling it to Mahoenui station manager John Gray in 2012. Mr Gray supplied pictures of work- ing dogs to complete the picture while the sheep are a group of stud rams. Kahuwera Hill is used as a back- ground because Mr Holbrook says it is a well-known Piopio landmark on the south side of the SH3. “Sitting at 385 metres above sea level, it has strong cultural signifi- cance to the two marae, Napinapi and Mokau Kohunui. It was also a well-known site of a house of learning in pre-European times.” “This picture is of a typical scene A THOUSAND WORDS: An oil painting of a farming scene by Piopio resident Peter Holbrook has been used for the new Piopio and Districts Museum sign in Ruru St. 50 years ago, when there weren’t any motorbikes and men used horses. “It was a very common sight to see a man on his horse with his dog in the lambing season, going about his business. It took Mr Holbrook nearly 20 hours to create the 45x61cm oil painting which is being framed and will be hung in Bill Glasgow’s hut – Piopio’s last resident blacksmith – which sits in the museum’s grounds. The new sign was erected last week after the finishing touches. Ted Harper of Te Kuiti built the frame to hold it and Jeremy Petch (Piopio) completed the iron work and removed the old sign.