The Leith Place redevelopment continues its inexorable journey to completion and hopefully, sometime after Christmas, it will all be done.
What do locals think about the lack of shade and the predominance of tarmac and concrete? Is this an inviting frontage to our town? Will people be inclined to stop and park in the baking heat of summer without any respite from the sun's harsh rays? And, unlike the frontage it replaces, the new development appears to lack any shady spots with tables where visitors can enjoy an snack whilst taking a break from a long journey so will people just drive on to Taupo before taking a break?
Do you think the new Leith Place will inviting to visitors or was it a shame that we've lost the shady space that we once had in the front of town?
80% I miss the trees80% Complete
20% I do not mind the lack of shade20% Complete
Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival is back and bigger than ever, with festival headliner Fly My Pretties and new venues across the city!
Chock-full of over 50 performances spanning all things arty, this whanau-friendly event is not to be missed.
Check out rising Singer songwriter Nadia Reid, laugh your head off with Michele A’Court, or relax to some of the finest local classical music courtesy of the NZ Opera.
With the iconic Hamilton Gardens established as the heart of the event, more venues means more art, music, comedy and theatre for all!
See you at HGAF 2020!
Hi, Is nobody interested in the historical buildings of Kihikihi? The Alpha hotel was founded in 1867 by William Corboy and his brother. William died in 1882 and his wife ran the pub until 1899. Encyclopedia states in 1901 there were renovations the Hotel had 24 rooms, an eatery for 30 people plus a billiard room. The Corboys also had a bakery along side the hotel and a store which was situated on the corner of Moule and Whitmore streets.
As seen in the attached article, William Corboy was very supportive of local Maori and was good friends with Rewi Maniapoto.
It was visited by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
The current owner purchased the Alpha about 5 - 6 years ago, suggesting it was to be used as a brothel, whether it has been I don't know but no one has been near the place for at least three years, windows are broken and I am sure that it is deteriorating because of neglect. Grass and greenery is over grown and in the heat of summer is just the ticket for a fire hazard.
I Have written to the council but obviously they are not interested as they have not replied. Why the heritage society are not doing anything I don't know, but to allow such a historical building to be purchased and leave it standing neglected is disgrace to the owners, historical trust and the district council. Should anything happen to such a building because misuse and neglect, there should be consequenses enforced upon all people involved.
Another 10 double passes to SIX60 have been drawn for our Neighbourly members! We have 100 double passes to give away as well as an exclusive concert by one of the supporting acts from the SIX60 tour.
To be eligible, make sure you are a verified Neighbourly member (need a hand verifying your address? Click here). We’ll also need to see you being more Neighbourly, whether it’s posting to your neighbourhood, replying to questions or inviting your neighbour to join the site (we’ve put together a few ideas here).