Woodlands Pioneer Fundays

News

Woodlands Pioneer Day a blast

Woodlands first-ever Pioneer Fundays was a real blast from the past in the present. There were donkey rides, vintage vehicles to admire, old style games to play and gnomes to find on the garden trail. It’s estimated around 2000 people attended the days, from Tuesday to thursday.  Looking forward to the next one already!  

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News

Hole on Woodlands Rd

Hole surprises whole lot of motorists

This time last Tuesday there was a huge hole on Woodlands Rd, which appeared out of nowhere. Raewyn Reynolds took this photo on her phone not long after it appeared – she wasn’t allowed any closer, she says. Dyanne Osborne told the Waikato Times she was driving home in her Nissan Navara when she almost

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Victorian high jinks in Gordonton

Old gnomes, old games and Victorian shenanigans are on the menu at Woodlands Estate this week. Gordonton’s Victorian homestead is hosting the inaugural Pioneer Fundays – an extravaganza of 19th Century delights and goings-on. Vintage machinery, games and pioneer refreshments will be on offer over the three days, and a new garden trail laid out

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NZ Red Cross

First Aid course in Gordonton

A first aid course for community groups is being held in Gordonton later this month. Sue Shepherd from the Oaks Christian Centre says the course facilitators are from the NZ Red Cross, and have many years’ experience. “It’s the first time Oaks has hosted a First Aid Course and we’re hoping people will take advantage

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Sausages

Recall on Rototuna sausages

New World Rototuna is recalling specific batches of their Honey Mint and Rosemary Lamb sausages. The produce may contain plastic pieces, says the Ministry for Primary Industries.  Sausages with Best Before Dates of  05/07/17, 08/07/17, 09/07/17 and 12/07/17 are being recalled. The Ministry advises customers check the date marking on the sausages, which are sold

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Police car

Burglars active in Gordonton

DIRTY rotten thieves are in our neighbourhood, scouting out our streets and breaking into our homes. A burglar got into our house yesterday and would have made off with our laptop computer and other equipment if she hadn’t been disturbed. Husband David was feeling unwell so took himself off to bed after Sunday lunch. I

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Out & About

Iris Riddell in Japan

A year in Fukushima

N8N co-founder Iris Riddell is spending a year in Minamisoma, the Japanese city that was all but swept away in the devastating 2011 tsunami. She has wanted to return to Japan ever since visiting aged 19 with the Hamilton-based drumming group Wai Taiko. Iris talks about her hopes and how she came to be living

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Iris

Gordonton goes to Fukushima

That’s that then. The daughter is now on her way to Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, after a spot of training in Tokyo. Iris was the leading force in the creation of Number 8 Network. While studying journalism she noted she knew more about the goings-on in Hamilton than she did Gordonton, where she had been born

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Country Cooking

Pea and ham soup with a twist

Jazzing up the classic Pea and Ham soup is a grand idea on these chill Winter days, says Annette Taylor. Not much beats a bowl of hearty, steaming soup and one of my favourites  was pea and ham.  For years I’ve turned ham hocks and dried split peas into the well-known winter warmer; it’s cheap,

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Horse mushroom

Mushrooms galore!

Mushroom season is upon us.  And one of the best types is in paddocks right now. Horse mushrooms (Agaricus arvensis) are the biggest of the local mushroom varieties – they can be 15cm or more across the cap – and they have a deliciously rich flavour with a hint of aniseed. Last year we didn’t

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Country Markets

Gordonton Country Market

Market this Saturday!

The weather is looking good for the Gordonton Country Market this Saturday! After weeks of downpour, market day is set to shine, says the MetService. New stallholders will be joining some old-time faithfuls on the day, and there will be fresh food, vegetables, fruit, great coffee and cups of tea with scones on offer in

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Tamahere Market

Tamahere Market worth a visit

Our markets may be taking a rest, but if you like fresh produce, culinary treats and crafts, check out the fabulous Tamahere Market. The popular market, south of Hamilton, offers everything from seasonal fruit and vegetables to imaginative art and craft, local wine, delicious cooked food, including Indian vegetarian meals, Cornish pasties, Dutch biscuits and

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History

Woodlands Pioneer Fundays

Woodlands Pioneer Day a blast

Woodlands first-ever Pioneer Fundays was a real blast from the past in the present. There were donkey rides, vintage vehicles to admire, old style games to play and gnomes to find on the garden trail. It’s estimated around 2000 people attended the days, from Tuesday to thursday.  Looking forward to the next one already!  

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Input needed on Gordonton’s history

Gordonton’s history was well and truly on the agenda at last month’s Gordonton District Committee meeting and a call has been made for input from everyone in the community. “We identified that we need to preserve our history in a pro-active manner, and use this to bring our community together, and keep our identity,” said

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