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Can You Believe It’s Winter in Hamilton?!

The Waikato winter may be known for its harsh(ish) temperatures and unrelenting fog, but still roses are blooming, gorgeous men from hot (literally and figuratively) countries are descending on the city to perform ball tricks in shorts (not the only ones to show a little leg on this roundup! Scroll down for more), and parents are keeping their children entertained in the great Hamilton outdoors.

This may be the perfect city.

This is your latest #lovethetron roundup.

Dying of cuteness overload from this little snapshot of @jakequinn and his brood of mini-Jakes just chillin’ on a winter weekend. Being a dad is so hot right now!

Being a mum could be pretty hot right now too if you are anything like @nzdodo who discovered this cool BMX track in Hamilton!

@juliehardakerNZ heads to the FIFA and hangs out with these gorgeous, colourful mini Colombians!

A big Saturday morning Aglio Olio Hello from @megancampbellnz and mini-Megan!

Meanwhile @Camtheguzz takes her brood to the Hamilton Zoo before the FIFA. Love the silly faces!

A pair of Hamilton foodies: @chamfy celebrates @hipecon’s birthday!

So many Hamilton icons in one place! @MOMENTUMCheryl and @ReeVarcoe check out everyone’s favourite cupcake place now open in Garden Place.

Nawwwwww. Cute @justlyrica goes tree planting on Arbor Day

So swish! Love the @xero stand at Fieldays from @iscolincrowley!


@skinditty hangs out with high-rollers from ‘Straya at @mysterycreek

Sneak peek into @juliehardaker’s winter garden, where roses bloom even in the cold Hamilton winter. Stunning!

Epic shot at the FIFA U20 from @leontakesshots!

@PeteClouston cheers on Colombia ahead of their game against Qatar. Great colours!

From the real thing to something a little bit different: @hornykitten snaps this cute FIFA display at everyone’s favourite comic book store @MK1Comics

And it was all yellow: @chamfy snaps Garden Place at sunset. Magic.

Gorgeous winter full moon in full bloom, from @h_ahartley!

Why play Bejewelled when you can just wear it? @chamfy finds a novel way to counteract the winter blues on a rainy Hamilton day.

Best thing about Fieldays? The totally awesome fashion! Loving the pink gumboots @Rural_News!

Despite the looming rainclouds, @mmiisskkaa indulges in a classic Hamilton pastime at the lake!

‘Mist-erious’: Beautiful early-morning shot of the famed Waikato fog from @waikato

Traffic light through the early-morning mist from @ns510x. So cool.

Amazing sight: @chamfy snaps magic oozing from @meamobile in this early morning shot.

Yet another covetable office window view in Hamilton -this time from @AdamCrouchley. Absolutely stunning, first thing in the morning!

From fog to frost: We love this closeup of an icy morning from @skinditty!

Build our own burger, @G00d_Neighbour? We’re totally there!

What’s Korean for ‘yum yum’? @hamfoodblog has the perfect winter lunch at Minsokchon!

Part 1 of @UrsulaEdg’s perfect Hamilton night out: Dinner at Victoria Street Bistro.

Part 2 of @UrsulaEdg’s perfect Hamilton night out: Drinks at Wonderhorse!

Worthy adversary: @waikatomuseum races us to 1,500 and wins with 3 followers to spare!

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Can You Believe It’s Autumn in Hamilton?!

Autumn in Hamilton is a beautiful time of year. Leaves in violent hues of reds and yellows are blown around on days like today. And while the people of Hamilton bundle up and prepare for the winter ahead, the city never stops.

Whether it’s great food shared with friends, international musical and sporting superstars arriving on our banks, or snap-happy Hamiltonians taking photos of their favourite icons -Hamilton is alive and kicking.

This is your latest #lovethetron roundup!

Autumnal stunner: we love days like this too, @ns510x!

Agree, @waikato!

British Deputy High Commissioner @reilly_ya snaps this eye-catching memorial to the 204 Waikato soldiers who fell in WW1

@ThievingBandito snaps the iconic HamiltON balloon flying high.

Have you tried the new menu at @G00d_Neighbour yet? We can’t wait!

 

 

The night markets on a blustery Saturday night. @ns510x is all about the comfort foods!

 

The perfect homemade #lovethetron breakfast always includes @VolareBread, right @richtalexander?

 

Hamilton’s masked foodie @HamFoodBlog dives into Japanese at Waraku on Victoria Street

We’re with @kyleebeee on this one: @WhittakersNZ + @ZealongTea is genius. Possibly our two favourite food groups, ever.

And on the topic of chocolate and tea: a girl after our own heart. This is how @chamfy does a night in with @hornykitten. Bless.

Guess who’s coming to Garden Place soon?!!!! We can’t wait either, @webtaniwha!

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: either @justlyrica and @hipecon have shrunk overnight, or kids under 20 just aren’t as small as they used to be anymore…heeh @fifau20

 

The chicest barber in town is now in the hippest building in town! Check out Fox Kennedy Barbers, now in the revamped Riverbank Mall. You may even run into man-about-town @webtaniwha, if you’re lucky!

 

@NZVic heads to RoughCut at everyone’s favourite Black Box theatre @MeteorNZ

 

@LeonTakesShots of New Zealand’s prettiest shopping mall at night.

We’ve been blogging for nearly three years, and we still love a good bridge shot. Classic Hamilton. Eat your heart out Harbour Bridge. Love this from @AdamCrouchley.

At 5.45am, @chamfy sits perched on the highest balcony in Hamilton watching the city come to life. Wow!

 

@megancampbellnz gets in early on the @fifau20 action at Waikato Stadium!

@timmacindoe cheers on Pasifika by Nature headliners, Fraser High School. Love it!

 

Check out this cool crew from @QuotientApp representing the Tron at #Xerocon: @Rocketspark @exsalerate

@ricky_martin popped by Hamilton and @BSMPhotography was on hand for a good bon bon shaking! 😉

Last day of school! @NZVic and the mini-Annisons head to everyone’s favourite Hamilton Happy Place.

*Melts* We love you baby red pandas from @Hamilton_Zoo!

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Can You Believe It’s Hamilton?!

It’s our latest #lovethetron roundup!

A Midsummer Night’s Snow at Parachute! Beautiful, from @NZVic.

Winefest: @flibertygibbety heads to Mystery Creek for the Vineyard Tour on a beautiful Friday night.

It’s a Hamilton safari for @chamfy, hanging out with white rhinos at Hamilton Zoo!

@ZooWildMan's red panda friends are making us die of cuteness!

@ZooWildMan’s red panda friends are making us die of cuteness!

Fiji Baby? Or the next best thing: @kyleeBeee heads to the new Tropical Garden at Hamilton Gardens.

The Hanging Gardens of Hamilton. @teradar and @staceyolivernz are certainly impressed!

The Hanging Gardens of Hamilton. @teradar and @staceyolivernz are certainly impressed with the new Tropical Garden!

Every evening, at sunset, Hamilton magically transforms into a tropical paradise. But shh, it's our little secret, right @tarasutherland? ;)

Every evening, at sunset, Hamilton magically transforms into a tropical paradise. But shh, it’s our little secret, right @tarasutherland? 😉

Mazes and Dragons: @DarkroomJesse hangs out at the newly-opened Tudor Gardens.

We love that there are so many new gardens opening at the Hamilton Gardens. @DarkroomJesse hangs out at the newly-opened Tudor Gardens.

It’s a beautiful Hamilton summer for cricket, right @WWright360? We’re betting @blackcaps would agree!

Clash of the Warriors: The amazing summer of sport in Hamilton continues as @WiganWarriorsRL take on @NZWarriors at Waikato Stadium. This from @its_carene.

@tarasutherland gets into the league spirit at Waikato Stadium!

@tarasutherland gets into the league spirit at Waikato Stadium!

@amj_nz snaps the Bridge St Bridge illuminated at night.

We love #chamfyfoodporn from @chamfy, especially when it’s from Banh Mi Cafe, and when it comes with festive Chinese New Year pouches!

Croquettes and crockery: more deliciousness from @chamfy at the new Chim-Choo-Ree.

Noms! @its_carene has our tastebuds envious with pizza and cider at @HouseonHood!

Noms! @its_carene has our tastebuds envious with pizza and cider at @HouseonHood!

Look who dropped into Artspost to help rebuild Christchurch! Head on over and check out this and more new works.

Here's an old friend we haven't seen in a while. It's Captain Hamiltron, courtesy of the incredibly talented @JMiddleton_imgs.

Here’s an old friend we haven’t seen in a while. It’s Captain Hamiltron, courtesy of the incredibly talented @JMiddleton_imgs.

Dragons herald in the lunar new year, and @HamiltonWaikato was there to soak up the atmosphere!

Chinese New Years Revelling: @timmacindoe welcomes the Year of the Horse at Garden Place

The best thing about wandering past @centre_place on summer evenings is the wafting scent of jasmines. Love!

@puketotara celebrates World Wetlands Day at beautiful Waiwhakareke.

It's a beautiful #smalltownfest for @JessVandy at Raglan

It’s a beautiful #smalltownfest for @JessVandy at Raglan

Spotted by @AnnaJaneWilkins : an all-natural swimming spot tucked away in the Tron. Too pretty!

@WriteOnNZ goes for a wander around Hamilton's Lake Rotoroa and spots some quirky #HamiltonHousePorn

@WriteOnNZ goes for a wander around Hamilton’s Lake Rotoroa and spots some quirky #HamiltonHousePorn

...and on the topic of quirky architectural features, @jessvandy spots wall art by Shida & Eno on Waitangi Day

…and on the topic of quirky architectural features, @jessvandy spots wall art by Shida & Eno on Waitangi Day

More #smalltownfest fun with @hello_im_megan at Te Pahu.

More #smalltownfest fun with @hello_im_megan at Te Pahu.

Best friends: @tarasutherland snaps an intimate moment between man and pitbull

Best friends: @tarasutherland snaps an intimate moment between man and pitbull

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Jesse Mulligan: ”How London Taught Me to Love Christmas in Hamilton”

Chapter 4 Hamilton Christmas Vignettes: The Television Presenter

Jesse Xmas

“I used to take Christmas for granted until my first London Christmas, which was hideous, and reminded me how lucky I had it at home. It wasn’t London’s fault – I’d just been through a traumatising break up with the girl I’d moved over there to be with. So I actually had nobody to spend the day with – that would be unthinkable in New Zealand. I had managed to secure an invite for Christmas dinner and I was to be picked up at 4pm (London public transport doesn’t work on Christmas day). The hours between waking up and 4pm were the longest of my life. I had nothing to do, no one to talk to and only thing to occupy my time – preparing a entrée I’d promised to make for the dinner. I went with a classic – prawn cocktail – and because I had the time I made it all from scratch, no shortcuts.

I transported all the elements of the cocktail in ziplock bags – Clapham to Hackney holding a kilo of rapidly thawing prawns. When I arrived for dinner I learnt that my hosts were not very adventurous eaters – they asked if they could have theirs without the sauce, or the avocado, or the prawns.

So that’s how I truly learnt to love Christmas in Hamilton – while serving martini glasses full of shredded iceberg lettuce in North London”.

We know you as a foodie, a comedian, the best-looking of the Seven Sharp presenters and the brother of Biddy Mulligan. How would you best describe what you do?

Probably “humourist” is the best word at the minute. “Comedian” fit well for a while but it’s been years now since I did pure stand up so the other comics will start getting shirty if I keep writing that down on my immigration card.

What is your Hamilton citizenship status?

I’m born and bred – kindergarten to university all within a kilometre or two.

Where do you currently call home?

Grey Lynn, Auckland. More specifically Arch Hill, the part of Grey Lynn you can still (barely, and with a bit of luck) afford to buy a first home.

Will you be in Hamilton for Christmas?

I’ll be there a week out from Christmas. My family have all moved away now but I’m marrying a Hamilton girl, so there are happily lots of reasons to visit often.

In 10 years’ time, you will look on 2013 as the year that you…

Stopped being able to stumble down Hood Street without people noticing.

Have you been naughty or nice this year?

Nice! Painfully, patiently nice. I’ve had a lot of things said about me and the TV show I’m on. In an ideal world I could respond to them all and wind them back up in return, but it does you no good in the long (or short or medium) term. You can’t win an argument with a troll, because they always have more time and energy for the fight than you do.

What are you hoping Santa will bring you this year?

A permanent third cohost.

Hamilton’s best-kept Christmas secret is…

$1 jugs at the Hillcrest Tavern on Christmas Eve. Although I’m pretty sure that doesn’t happen any more. Actually I used to love Christmas Eve in Hamilton, particularly in my early 20s. Everyone would fly back from wherever they were living/working and you’d catch up as if it was old times and none of you had ever left.

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Get your Jesse fix every weeknight on Seven Sharp, at 7pm (sharp!) on TV One and Tweet him @jessemulligan. Alternatively, catch him in person, filming live at Garden Place tonight!

Foodies make sure you check out Jesse’s food blog and https://twitter.com/thisismuck!

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Can You Believe It’s Hamilton?!

It’s our latest #lovethetron roundup!

Midnight in Hamilton: the city’s historic rotunda under the bridge comes to life at night. Stunning, from @JMiddleton_imgs.

Yin and Yang: @chamfy catches sunshine in her teacup on a beautiful August morning at @CoffeeandFood.

@jessvandy enjoys the sweet beats of Mr Neems at Wonderhorse Bar.

@jessvandy enjoys the sweet beats of Mr Neems at Wonderhorse Bar.

Ginger ninja: @ames_taylor catches the elusive gingerbread man and eats him at Mavis & Co.

Ginger ninja: @ames_taylor catches the elusive gingerbread man and eats him at Mavis & Co.

We looked out of the window at Artspost and spotted fairies flying high above the Waikato river.

Hamilton is kind of a big deal in the foodie world: @hornykitten finds an apron that confirms everything we already knew.

@chamfy heads south of the border, down @mexiconz way and finds this eclectic collection of treasures.

Dad of the Year: foster father to many, @darkroomjesse featured with his gorgeous family in @waikatotimes. Much #mafialove.

Serenity in the Tron: @teachernz spends some time in the Japanese Contemplation Garden at the Hamilton Gardens.

Serenity in the Tron: @teachernz spends some time in the Japanese Contemplation Garden at the Hamilton Gardens.

Man about the bridges: the Fairfield Bridge through the eyes of @JMiddleton_imgs.

A bird in hand: @kyleebeee spots 5 tui hanging out on a kowhai tree.

Spring is in the air: @angelacuming enjoys Magnolias in full blossom.

Scott’s goes Steampunk: @hornykitten orders green tea hops on board the Time Machine.

East is east: We discovered this little slice of India on the east end of Collingwood Street. Pop in and immerse yourself in colourful traditional trinkets and garments from the East.

What’s on in Hamilton: We love this colourful noticeboard at Gordon Harris in Casabella Lane!

@chamfy spends an afternoon at the Hamilton Gardens and discovers stunning Hispanic art.

Hometown Hero: @WriteOnNZ snaps her cousin James with his hero Augustine Pulu at the @ChiefsRugby Parade.

Hometown Hero: @WriteOnNZ snaps her cousin James with his hero Augustine Pulu at the @ChiefsRugby Parade.

Team Rocket: @NZVic enjoys the first day of spring, riverside.

Team Rocket: @NZVic enjoys the first day of spring, riverside.

@ebryantnz enjoys street sounds while wandering through the Frankton Markets.

Gorgeous pieces from Thieves&Co at the @WintecSPARK markets.

In a hurry: They may not have gotten the chance to finish, but the sentiment is clear. This from new Hamilton resident @tarasutherland.

In a hurry: They may not have gotten the chance to finish, but the sentiment is clear. This from new Hamilton resident @tarasutherland.

Prettiest little sushi shop: @ames_taylor goes for a wander around Frankton Village.

Prettiest little sushi shop: @ames_taylor goes for a wander around Frankton Village.

@gsrwrc snaps the Hellmilton Roller Ghouls in action at the Roller Derby.

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Mooloo and More: Can You Believe It’s Hamilton?!

It’s our latest #lovethetron roundup!

Amazeballs #ChiefsMana illustration by @pommypixelpaint.

@jess_vandy cheers the Chiefs on to a resounding success against the Crusaders, at Waikato Stadium.

Masterchef @JoshEmett heads down to the Tron on a foodie mission and sent us this mouthwatering twitpic of shortrib.

What a way to start a game: @DarkroomJesse soaks up the atmosphere at Waikato Stadium before the Chiefs versus Crusaders.

Los Angeles-based artist @nicktheartist captures our local girl and Grammy Award winner, Kimbra. So proud.

Los Angeles-based artist @nicktheartist captures our local girl and Grammy Award winner, Kimbra. So proud.

Modigliani nudes on the walls, opera softly playing in the background, and delicious dessert. We treated ourselves to Adriana’s, and we weren’t disappointed.

No wonder @ChiefsRugby dubbed this the #SuperRugby Photo of the Year!

Bright colours and cute faces: watch mania at the Hamilton Nightmarkets, from @chamfy.

The Middleton Effect: New Zealand’s biggest hospital campus dazzles on the Hamilton Lake. Gorgeous, from @JMiddleton_imgs.

Royal treatment: Bridge St bridge is lit up for the Chiefs and @JMiddleton_imgs was there to capture it in its tricolour glory!

@webtaniwha gets his #ChiefsMana on at Waikato Stadium!

Gorgeous! @kyleebee hangs out at Hamilton Lake.

Nawwwww. This is the cutest. The Eden Whanau get behind the Chiefs and make their own waka at Parana Park.This from @lisaeden10.

We are madly in love with this piece of geek chic headwear from Mark One Comics. A must-have for all fans of the Doctor.

The CBD’s newest cafe: Little J. Pop in for great coffee and delicious treats to go.

@chamfy and @gydeelaine enjoy pretty sparkly things at @trelisecooper at The Base.

Rhinos in the Tron: @KyleeBee makes new friends at the Hamilton Zoo!

@jaimeep89 visits the bright lights of the #ChiefsBridge.

Students at @waikato enjoy the sunshine, lakeside.

@NZVic goes glow-in-the-dark mini-golfing in the heart of the CBD. We can't wait to try it out!

@NZVic goes glow-in-the-dark mini-golfing in the heart of the CBD. We can’t wait to try it out!

Old school: @chamfy spots a pop-up barbershop at the Hamilton Nightmarkets.

Zealong fun: @jess_vandy goes tea-tasting at New Zealand’s only tea plantation.

@benhurleycom popped into Hamilton and @jess_vandy was there to enjoy!

@benhurleycom popped into Hamilton and @jess_vandy was there to enjoy!

One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish, Blue Fish: @JMiddleton_imgs spots local artist Jeremy Shirley’s street art in town.

Amazing lady: Enterprising Hamiltonian legend Mary Jane Innes is inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame. This from @SODACheryl.

Cuuuuute. @angelacuming makes friends with Hamilton’s famed unicorn duck!

Animal Friends: @ZooWildMan gets to go to work to this everyday. We are jealous!

Animal Friends: @ZooWildMan gets to go to work to this everyday. We are jealous!

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Love The George

Whether you are a passionate monarchist or you are in vehement opposition to the hoopla that is the Windsor soap opera, it is undeniable that the word of the day is ‘George’. That got us thinking and we realised that our own little city has a pretty good track record with the name George, so with that in mind, here are our top three picks for Georges We Love in Hamilton.

@GEORGIE_PIENZ

Famous friends: just casually chilling with Richard O’Brien.

Yes, she’s a girl and her name isn’t just ‘George’, but she’s awesome and the name clearly transcends gender lines. And while she may share a name with a certain iconic Kiwi pie, we maintain that the best Georgie Pie is found on the Hamilton Twitterverse.

Despite not spending all of her time in Hamilton, this lady was one of the earliest adopters of the #lovethetron movement, and a passionate member of the #hamiltonmafia. Earlier this year, she headed off on a delicious holiday to sunny Rarotonga and etched both hashtags into the local graffiti walls. Dedication!

A shining star in the Waikato musicals scene, she can add musicals Chicago and Hairspray (amongst many others) to her thespian credentials. When not on stage, @georgie_pienz can be found brunching at The Food and Coffee Establishment on Hood St, or hanging out with best bud and #hamiltonmafia queen @hamiltonringrd.

Follow her on Twitter for excellent tweets about happenings on the local musicals scene, and general warm fuzzies.

GEORGE OF PUKETE

We didn’t have a photo of George, but these are the cupcakes you can get from him at 2 a.m. Seriously.


This man is one of the city’s best-kept secrets, and a contender for the ‘Friendliest Man in Hamilton’ title (alongside Captain Hamiltron and Colin from Trek n Travel).

Turn up at the Pukete Z Station at 2am (confession: we are incurable night owls) on most nights, and you will meet George, the lovely old man who works behind the counter. He’s done away with the annoying ‘nightpay’ rubbish, and instead opens the doors for you to enter and help yourself to a delicious red velvet cupcake supplied from the boutique bakery, Petal. We are not quite sure when upmarket cupcakes and petrol stations got together, but we are certainly not complaining!

He also makes a mean coffee and fluffy, and always remembers how you like to have your tea. He’s always happy to have a yarn, whether it’s about the state of the Hamilton fog, or the state of your love life. He has even set up a table and some chairs cafe-style, so you can sit in and consume your cupcake and tea with friends, while retro pop music blares from the speakers.

Pop in and say hello (especially if you’re feeling nocturnal).

THE GOOD GEORGE

White ale and pizza: We’re sold!

The name says it all. This George is indeed, very good, and its self-proclaimed mission is to ‘reward drinkers with better beer’.

Being probably the only church in town that serves beer, the Good George brews its famous craft beers in the old St George’s church in Frankton. In summertime, locals flock to the brewery’s outdoor area and enjoy the delicious range of ales and ciders on offer. Now there’s a great excuse to go to church!

The Good George has quickly become a Hamilton icon and we think they make the best beer in New Zealand. There is also an ever-expanding George family: the little beer van that travels around the city, spreading delicious golden goodness, and of course, the Little George pop-up bar on Hood St. We especially love to treat ourselves to white ale and yummy pizza while sitting under the colourfully-lit canopy at the Little George.

And of course, you can follow them on the Twittersphere: @GoodGeorgeBeer

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