Sharnay Cocup


Sharnay Waikato’s top young volunteer

Volunteering Waikato’s Volunteer of the Year – Youth Award has gone to Sharnay Cocup of Taupiri. The 20-year-old received the award on Friday (June 24) at an event held in Wintec’s The Atrium. “Sharnay has absolutely made her mark,” said award nominator Hayley Hughes, from the Taupiri Youth Group Charitable Trust . “She has established

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Cabinet stolen

Historic records stolen from Eureka

A cabinet containing historic documents has been stolen from Eureka Hall. Eureka resident Sue Edmonds says the local folk are devastated. “Not because of the cabinet but what was in it. One hundred years of detailed records from school, clubs, and other historic documentation are gone.” Thieves broke in to the hall on State Highway

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Call goes out for candidates

October is local body election time. Waikato District Council is calling for all eligible voters to make sure they’re enrolled to vote before the electoral roll closes on Friday 12 August. Potential candidates need to register to stand before that same date. Voters elect representatives on the district’s council and community boards. Local voters can

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Taupiri cats

A walk up Taupiri Mountain

Walking to the summit of Taupiri Mountain on the shortest day seemed a fine idea.  We’ve driven past too many times to count, but had never got around to climbing the sacred maunga. Finding the way to the track took a bit of research.  Accounts varied and were short on detail – for directions, see

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Orini defibrillator fundraiser all go

A Givealittle campaign started in June to buy a defibrillator for a student at Orini Combined School has raised almost $2000. Six-year-old Finn Corbin was born with the right half of his heart missing, and is at risk of cardiac arrest at any time. School teacher Belinda Duncan created the fundraiser to buy the defibrillator,

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Bird watching

Watch the birdie!

It’s time to get out the binoculars, thermos and sharpen the pencil for the 2016 Garden Bird Survey. This is the tenth year the project has been going and by taking part you’ll help build a picture of New Zealand’s common and widespread birds, as well as inform future conservation efforts.  It’s also a lot

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Out & About

Brian Cathro

Race begins for Waikato mayoralty

Candidates are putting their hands up for the top spot in Waikato’s local government. October 2016 is our chance to have a say on who represents our community and the Waikato district for the next three years. Brian Cathro is standing for change – the Ngaruawahia-born Mayoral candidate says it’s time the balance of power

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Woodlands Idol microphone

Stars shine at Woodlands

The stars were out in full force at Woodlands on Saturday night. It was a full house of more than 160 people for the second-ever Woodlands Idol, the first taking place in 2011. Seven talented contestants from the greater Waikato took to the stage to raise more than $4000 for a new visitor centre and

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Country Cooking

Horse mushroom

Lashings of delicious mushrooms

Mushroom season is just about over, but one of the best types is still putting in an appearance. 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. Around here

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Chilli sauce cropped

Relishing the chillies

This is simply the most splendid chilli sauce I’ve experienced – packed with complex, intense flavours and hot enough to knock your socks off. We were going to turn our small harvest of jalapeno chillies into a jar of pickled peppers to be kept in the fridge and used as needed. But we’re still getting

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Country Markets

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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Hat celebration at the Rototuna Market.  Pic:  Annette Taylor

Markets takes a rest

Our wonderful markets are having some quiet time for the winter but will resume bright-eyed and bushy tailed in Spring. Gordonton Market spokesperson Judy Chrystall says it’s good to have a break. “As winter drags on, the fog rolls in, and the wind starts to howl – in the past we’ve even had a few

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Gordonton Village

Gordonton flashback

My, how we’ve changed.  Check out this photo of Gordonton Village from the 1970s, sent in by the inimitable Perry Rice from Hamilton Central Libraries. This is looking at where The Mandarin Tree and Global Veterinary Services now reside.  I’m unreliably informed that the building on the right may have been a butcher’s shop at

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Vintage tractor

Dance of the tractors in Morrinsville

There were more rustic old tractors, stationary engines and farm equipment than you could point a stick at the Vintage Tractor & Machinery Memorabilia Weekend in Morrinsville.  Number 8 Network’s Annette Taylor filled her thermos, packed her sandwiches and took off to the event organised by the Waikato Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club. There was

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