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Big news in Bainham – Lorna Langford has retired from the Bainham store, after 50 years. The store will carry on, a trip down memory lane, on the corner between paddock and massive macrocarpa. Trout wriggle in the Aorere, it rains a lot. I remember trips to the Quartz Ranges as a kid, wild turkeys in the paddock, Andrew Baker’s funeral, and long trudges to the Heaphy track.

How many times Ive been past the store, in dreary drizzle, sheltering under the collapsing eave, and admired the “latest” window dressing. What a shame Bainham lost it’s own post code. At least they still advertise election results – National 15, Labour 5, Greens 1. Green it is though, in Bainham, with all that rain.

Visit the local attractions- the waterfall, the river, the swingbridge. There used to be a bungee jump. The Heaphy track is still there of course, and wild Lead Hills. Bainham – population 100 – a great place.


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