Waimate

Waimate District council
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Waimate – nestled at the foot of the rolling Hunters Hills, comes close to being a perfect example of a New Zealand rural town. Ideally located in the centre of the south, it is halfway between Christchurch, Dunedin. Waimate is a convenient gateway to the Waitaki Lakes and to the spectacular MacKenzie Basin and provides one of the shortest routes to Queenstown. 

Originally known as 'Te Waimatemate' or slow moving water, Waimate was born from the meeting of Chief Te Huruhuru and Michael Studholme (first settler) in 1854. Waimate has not forgotten its earliest European residents, the historic thatched ‘cuddy’ built by Studholme in 1854 is still in existence.  On the hills behind the town is a unique tribute to the role played by the Clydesdale horse in the development of the rich farm lands that stretch away into the distance – the White Horse monument.

An Edwardian heritage

The town itself has wide spacious streets, a valued collection of Edwardian buildings, including several churches of historic importance.  The Waimate Historical Museum (housed in the old Waimate courthouse), has many wonderful displays including local history and Maori heritage telling the stories of Waimate and its growth. 

Waimate is known for a number of unique features including holding the rare distinction of being one of the few places in NZ where wallabies have taken up residence. Introduced from Australia in the late 1860’s and known as 'Bennett's Wallabies', numbers have increased dramatically. These nocturnal marsupials have adapted well to the Waimate environment and can be found in wildlife parks throughout the district. They have flourished here and are the largest found in New Zealand.You can see them in wildlife parks in the district or if hunting is your sport there is ample opportunity for this too.

Waimate is also famed for its famous strawberries and raspberries which have been grown in the district since late 1880’s. You can buy them in season from a number of road side stalls, or you can pick your own - can’t get fresher than that!  

An ideal midway stopping point

Ideally located midway between Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown, Waimate is the second South Island location to become Motorhome Friendly. Its wide streets are ideal for parking up as well as exploring on foot. Check out the Information Centre for self-guiding tours to discover the history of the town and its historic attractions. As a base for exploring the attractions of nearby districts, take your pick of coasts, alpine scenery and wonderful lake vistas.

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Waimate District council Telephone: 03 689 7771

Featured Event:

NZ Gold Guitar Awards 2017

Make A Week Of It: Stay at the A&P Showgrounds which is in direct walking distance to the event!

Event Venue: The Gore Town & Country Club - 2 - 8 Bury Street, Gore

The 2017 New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards will be held from Friday 2nd June - Sunday 4th June 2017  following a week of country music celebrations, including the NZ Country Music Awards, MLT Songwriting Awards, various concerts & busking competitions.

Every year for the last 43 years Gore has hosted the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards. This event attracts artists from around the world and continues to grow in stature and popularity.

Audience levels reach over 5,000 and the entries in all sections and events total 700 competitors. Visitors to Gore leave with fond memories of the ‘Southern Hospitality’ and along with the locals, just soak up the Country Music atmosphere.

This year the festival begins with the Gore Young Ambassador show, Songwriting and the NZ Country Music Awards for the RIANZ Best Country Album and APRA Best Country Song finals then the week continues with a walk up concert and inductions into the MLT Hands of Fame Show.

The NZ Gold Guitar Awards are held annually on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Queen’s Birthday Weekend. Each day auditions are held in three venues. At the auditions judges choose finalists in the various sections. The Junior and Intermediate finals are held on Saturday night and the senior final night is Sunday. The 40 Plus and 60 Plus finals are held prior to the Professional Artists Showcase concert on Sunday afternoon.

Contestants may enter as an individual, in a duet and/or as part of a group.

Contestants compete in either the junior, intermediate, senior or 40 Plus and 60 Plus sections, depending on their age. There are a variety of sections, including male and female solo, gospel, traditional, country rock, duet, yodeling, vocal group, group NZ composition and instrumental. High quality bands provide backing for contestants. See the rules for details of the conditions of entry.

Walkup Concert - 31st May 2017 at 7.00pm; Don't miss out. (Door Sales)

Ticket Information: Bookings through http://www.iticket.co.nz/ or St James Theatre Gore (an agent of I-Ticket) Phone: 03 208 7396

Tickets On Sale 13 March 2017

Motorhome and Caravan Parking: Book in to stay for the week: Gore A&P Showgrounds (Camp Grounds). Arrive in time for the WalkUp Concert, Wednesday 31st May 2017.

Tuesday Night Dinner: A potluck tea will be held at the showgrounds on the Tuesday night. The showgrounds organisers will provide the 'meat and vege' while attendees are requested to bring the salads and desserts. Hope to see you there!

Further details call Bevan 027 6449909 or email bevroynz@yahoo.co.nz, but no bookings neccasary for non-powered sites.  

Prices: $5.00 pn/pv non power sites.

The Gore Agricultural & Pastoral Showgrounds is located in Bury St, just off State Highway 1 at the south end of Gore. Here you will find an extremely neat park-like setting on 11.2 hectares of land. The Gore Town & Country Club, Gore Multi-sports Centre, all-weather hockey turf and the town centre are all close by.

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Featured Story:

Remembering pioneering Kiwi Margaret Cruickshank

All I remember of Margaret Cruickshank was from Intermediate school, that she was the first female New Zealand doctor. When we visited Waimate and came upon her statue at Seddon Park, a local who was there also enjoying the afternoon sunshine with her grand-kids casually mentioned that the statue was one of only four statues of women in the country.

I couldn't decide whether to be shocked at the gender disparity or to be ashamed that I didn't know anything about this historical personage who must have done something remarkable to deserve this rare honour.

So I looked it up (ahh, the powers of accessible technology) and this is from nzhistory.net

Margaret accepted a position as assistant to Dr H. C. Barclay of Waimate, and on3 Ma

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