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Hamilton East Village Market

“Anything and everything a chap can unload…”

I kept this line in mind from disney’s bed knobs and broomsticks film as I wandered around the Hamilton East Village Market. There’s something about this market that really represents the Hamilton East identity from the bric a brac to local jam and soap. I really love the diverse range of markets that we have access to in Hamilton, because they are a really great way to support local and create a community.

There’s more information about it so you can make sure to visit next time it’s on. Anyone setting up a flat or new house or cafe absolutely needs to check out all the curiosities while for families you can pick up plants for a day gardening, American sweets, soaps and rows and rows of board games and books. Then after all your shopping is done you can relax with a coffee or hot chocolate at Mavis or Rocket espresso.

Basically this market can be a part of the perfect local cheap day out.

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Can You Believe It’s the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival?

We’ve been following the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival over the past week. From stunning fireworks to amazing talent, to one of the most beautiful venues in New Zealand, the HGAF has outdone itself this year. We’ve turned up in person to soak up the atmosphere, and we’ve followed the action on Twitter. We’re so in love with it all that we’ve dedicated our latest #lovethetron roundup to the #HGAF.

Keep following the action on the hashtags, and the official Twitter: @HGAFestival.

Oh, and for those of you die-hard Ska fans, check out this gallery of the Melbourne Ska Orchestra live at the artsfest from @kiwicanary.


Hamilton Gardens Arts kicks off with a bang. In real life: @flibertygibbety’s other half outdoes every other guy on Valentine’s Day. Heeh.

The Festival kicks off with a symphony under (shooting) stars (fireworks). Beautiful, from @webtaniwha.

@waikatotimes gives us sneak previews in the lead-up to the the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival with these guys and their ah-mazing body art.

Hula and hoopla from Campground Chaos, from @flibertygibbety.

Campground Chaos continues with an airborne picnic table! Another amazing shot from @flibertygibbety.

@webtaniwha enjoys opera under the stars at the Medici Garden’s outdoor amphitheater.

@MediachickNZ has tea with the Hatter.

@MediachickNZ has tea with the Hatter.

@NZVic is left speechess after @MelbSkaOrchestr. And check out that full moon!

@BSMphotography snaps a rare moment of quietness at the Italian Renaissance Garden.

Meanwhile, @flibertygibbet checks out movies in Roger’s Rose Garden

Too cute. @webtaniwha spots these budding #HGAF performers at the Farmers Markets on Sunday morning.

From budding performers to the real deal at @HGAFestival: the amazing (and Aria-nominated) Bustamento.

Every day is an artsfest at the Tudor Garden, with Nick Bottom hanging about. Another amazing shot from @BSMphotography.

From one Shakespearean character to a troupe: these guys bring the Bard’s work to life on stage. From @flibertygibbety.

Hamilton’s all lit up for @pauline_sinel at the artsfest.

Jazz under trees: @HGAFestival shows us how summer is really done.

Kooky installation on Turtle Lake, from @HGAFestival.

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Brad Pogson: A Romantic Christmas Welcome Home

Chapter 8 Hamilton Christmas Vignettes: The Hamiltonian Expat

“My partner had been home to the UK for three weeks in November and was returning on December 1st. Like most Brits, he’s obsessed with Christmas – think festive grotto – so I knew I had to do something Christmassy to welcome him back to non-snowy, allegedly less charming, Auckland.

I recruited my flatmate to help me put up this fake (but rather attractive) tree in his apartment the night before he arrived, switching the lights on, and leaving the star for him to place.

He was amazed, I was impressed with myself, and it was the perfect way to get into spirit of Christmas!”

We know you as a young Hamiltonian working in the Supercity. How would you best describe what you do?

I work in Vodafone’s PR team as an external comms advisor. Day-to-day my job is to enhance and protect Vodafone’s reputation – primarily through media relations – by telling our story.

I also handle media enquiries about Vodafone, and act as a spokesperson for the company as required.

To do this I work alongside our consumer and enterprise teams, government relations, public policy and the Vodafone Foundation.

No day is the same. It’s fast, fun and there’s no place I’d rather be.

What is your Hamilton citizenship status?

Expat and Tron trumpeter.
I arrived in Hamilton in 2007 – that was before the first iPhone had launched and most people were still clicking away on a Nokia 1200. I think I wore my high school leavers’ jersey most of that year actually. I didn’t really venture further off campus than the bars on Victoria, BJ’s Emporium Save Mart, and the Liquor King at Hillcrest, which says to me I had a pretty good time.

When I realised there was more to discover, and brunch became a regular Sunday activity, I became a fan of the Tron.

I left mid 2010 with my ticket, a tonne of memories, and a city to experience again as a visitor.

Where do you currently call home?

Home is a small rural community called Mangatangi which sits nicely between Auckland and Hamilton. It’s where I grew up, it’s where my parents live, and it’s where I’ll be spending Christmas.

Will you be in Hamilton for Christmas?

Christmas is always at my parent’s house. It starts at the dining table and ends with a food baby on the couch, while passively watching sport – every time.

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

Anything I’ve done this year is outweighed by what Labour List MP, Louisa Wall, accomplished to make New Zealand more equal. But if I had to pick something delightfully trivial, then discovering Spotify has changed my life this year, no doubt. I also accidentally became a star in the Pump ‘Grab Life by the Bottle’ ad which was quite hilarious.

Have you been naughty or nice this year?

At the risk of breaking the PR rule of thumb here with “no comment”, I’ll say a bit of both. I’ve been good to others and to myself, which at times has meant being a little bit naughty!

What are you hoping Santa will bring you this year?

I need some new running socks so I’m hoping Santa reads this blog. If Santa’s also granting wishes, then I I’d quite like to win the competition I entered to watch the Heineken Open from the ultimate pad above court in January. That would be nice, thanks Santa.

The best thing about Hamilton during Christmas is…

I’ve never been in Hamilton around Christmas so I’ll take your advice on this one! But I reckon the Gardens would be pretty lovely, right?

Hamilton’s best-kept Christmas secret is…

It’s no secret, but easily forgotten if you’re too busy enjoying the city. Lake Karapiro in the summer is perfect. Bombs, picnics, wake boarding, beers – you name it.

Given that I work for Vodafone I should also mention that by March 2014, more than two thirds of the Hamilton population will have access to 4G coverage – that’s a pretty well-kept secret, and one you’ll be hearing more about!


Brad Pogson is a young Hamiltonian working in the Supercity, who makes the occasional visit back to enjoy the Tron . Follow his life and adventures on Twitter @bradpogson.

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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.


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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Sarah Nathan: “When Mummy Spilled The Beans on Santa..”

Chapter 1 Hamilton Christmas Vignettes: The Creative Waikato CEO.

‘When my girls were about 4 and 7 I took them to see Santa in Downtown Plaza. They were fascinated by him but not brave enough to approach. I desperately wanted them to jump up on his knee so we could make a memory with a cheesy Christmas portrait. I waited patiently and cajoled them along, but they wouldn’t budge. I tried bribes, but to no avail.

As a final desperate attempt I blurted out “come on girls, youll regret it if you don’t. When you’re older and realise there’s no Father Christmas you’ll be able to look back at a time you still believed.”
Silly, silly mummy.’

– Sarah Nathan, Hamilton’s Art Fairy-In-Residence

We know you as Hamilton’s magical art fairy. How would you best describe what you do?

I love that title soooo much. I think I need a wand. Basically I try to be the biggest cheerleader for the creative sector out there. I work at Creative Waikato with 5 of the coolest cats in town; all of who are utterly and totally devoted to helping Hamilton and the Waikato grow its rich arts activity. Lets just say it’s not hard to get out of bed in the morning.

What is your Hamilton citizenship status?

11-years service. I lived the first half of my life in Aussie (thongs, esky, doonas and liquid paper) and second half in NZ. Lived in Wellington and Auckland before landing here. It’s the longest I’ve ever lived in one place. Our kids have been raised and educated here and it’s been an amazing environment for them. Once all the off-spring have flown the coop I imagine we will move on to new experiences, but Im certain if we do, we will never again experience the sense of friendship and community that we have here. I often say I made more friends in my first 6 months living in Hamilton than I did living 5 years in Auckland.

Where do you currently call home?

Beerescourt. I was an Eastside girl for my first 7 years in Hamilton, and crossing the river seemed like some kind of betrayal of faith. But I love it. We live in an architecturally designed 1955 red-brick and white weatherboard beauty. I love everything mid-century. We are slowly renovating, revealing and preserving all the native rimu and matai wood. I recon the well-built houses of the 50’s and 60’s are to Hamilton as villas are to Auckland.

The other lovely thing about Beerescourt is the trees. We have mature Kowhai, Kauri, Totara and Rimu on our section and the view from the deck across the tree-tops is gorgeous.

Will you be in Hamilton for Christmas?

Just for Christmas Day (traditional hot turkey dinner thank you very much) and Boxing Day (Mum’s birthday – compulsory breakfast in bed) and then off to the beach for 10 days. We are going to Whangamata. I realise that sounds very predictable as half of Hamilton seems to do the same, but its something we have never done before, so I cant wait. We’ve booked a traditional little bach and will have a huge assortment of teenagers coming and going, dossing in the garage and tents in the backyard. I get to be the parent who has responsibility for 10 hormone-fuelled 15 year olds over New Year. Excellent…

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

The year I bought my painting of Hamilton. It is my investment for the day when I’ve moved to new pastures, and I can look at the artwork and reminisce on the many amazing years I had in this city.

The paining is by local artist Gary Moore, and it’s a landscape of the Waikato river and cityscape on either side. It’s a view you see in photos of Hamilton all the time but the colours are so vibrant and unusual. It makes me happy.

Have you been naughty or nice this year?

Hmmm. Nice I think. Pretty sure nice. I do have a bit of a potty mouth, but other than that, yes, nice.

What are you hoping Santa will bring you this year?
A membership to a north island ski lodge. Every year we say we wished we skied more. The kids are growing up so fast. This is the year…

The best thing about Hamilton during Christmas is…

Driving out to one of the many Christmas Tree farms just on the city boundary and watching the kids run up and down the aisles trying to find the very best tree in the paddock. Of course when you find it, you go and get the rest of the family to see it and then you cant find it again, so you have to start all over again. Filling the car full of pine needles, sticky sap and the smell of pine is all part of the experience. Love it, love it, love it.

Hamilton’s best-kept Christmas secret is…

Gingerbread lattes at Starbucks (probably not so secret but reminds me of my Christmases in Canada), The Christmas Cakes at The SugarPLum Cake Co. on Alexander St and the Draw Inc Affordable Art show (also on Alexandra St) for the best Christmas prezzies in town.


Follow Sarah on Twitter @flibertygibbety or wander down to Creative Waikato on Alexandra Street and follow her in person!

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Can You Believe It’s Hamilton?!

It’s our latest #lovethetron roundup!

Love love love. @flibertygibbety snaps Eno & Shida beautifying the Tron with gorgeous wall art.

@CreativeWaikato sends us another snap from Eno & Shida on Ward Lane. Stunner.

Food baby in the making: Dad-to-be @whiskeycully indulges at the nightmarkets.

No seriously…can you believe it’s Hamilton?! We sure can. We are nuts for the new MAC counter at @FarmersNZ and so was @webtaniwha it seems!

High praise: @Webtaniwha reckons the new @yoghurtstory at @centre_place is like the love child of House of G, TopShop and The Gap.

…we only hope he is meaning for his tastebuds!

Momentous: The Talented Mr Middleton @JMiddleton_imgs strikes again!

This gorgeous lady is our number 1 supporter and Queen of the #hamiltonmafia, so we absolutely had to send @missB_nz a #lovethetron tee.

…and @missB_nz certainly does not disappoint with this uber cool graphic of the Tron’s Twitterati !

@DarkroomJesse and his boys play ball on a beautiful Hamilton spring day.

Mr and Mrs Hamilton? In line with recent tradition, @chamfy takes a mandatory @CptHamilton2013 photo on her graduation day!

@hornykitten uncovers a hidden tribute from Hamilton to the late Princess Di. You learn something new about this city everyday!

With a gorgeous study spot like this from @danielfarrellnz, why wouldn’t you hit the books?!

@chamfy discovers the Green Grocer at Hamilton East.

Too cool. @nattybegood played the harmonica alongside The Southern Diplomats at the Atomic Festival.

@georgie_pienz checks out the quirky offerings at this year’s Fringe Festival!

Wherepho Art Thou? @JakeQuinn is pretty excited about the new Vietnamese place opening on Vic Street!

@webtaniwha dreams of Mr Milton.

Who needs gondolas when you can water ski right through Hamilton’s CBD? Awesome pic from @hornykitten!

Another reason to love the Tron in springtime: blue irises growing out side the @waikatotimes newsroom!

Fashionista @crikarika dreams up a a new wardrobe.

We love dads who are cool enough to take selfies. We love it even more when it’s dad-of-the-year @DarkroomJesse posing with his boy at Milk and Honey.

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