Library access

News

Act now to retain library access

It’s not too late to claim the last year of access to Hamilton City Libraries. One Gordonton resident has told Number 8 Network she was ‘furious’ to be told she couldn’t check any books out of Chartwell Library yesterday. Gail Riddell is one of 3530 Waikato District Council residents who uses Hamilton city libraries and

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News

Think

Pick of the Crop

Top of the morning to you, and here’s the Pick of the Crop.  Cornerstone Alpacas have well and truly sprung Spring – check out this lovely scene –     And this one makes the heart happy.   A customer turned up on his tractor to pick up some flowers from THINK.  Who wouldn’t be impressed? 

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Great Beginnings Gordonton

Pick of the Crop

Spring really has sprung. You can always tell because the alpacas at Cornerstone Alpaca Stud take their first dip for the year.  Look at these bathing beauties!     Futher proof is this glorious pic from Garden Graphix – the spectacular Magnolia Iolanthe.   And students at Orini Combined School are getting stuck into the

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NZ Falcon Gordonton

50!

  All these birds, some nationally endangered, others pretty common, have been spotted in N8N territory.  That’s the area north-east of Hamilton – including Puketaha, Horsham Downs, Gordonton, Orini and Tauhei –  helpful map below. Currently we’re on 49 species – we’d LOVE to add to this, at least get the tally over 50, so

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Woodlands Homestead

Riddell reunion all go

  Descendants of the Riddell family are having a reunion at Woodlands Estate this month. A highlight will be catching up, seeing and meeting all the relations connected to the family, known and unknown, says Jacquie Haselden, one of the organisers. The event will include placing a memorial plaque in the garden for Corporal John

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Flooding at Wairere

How much rain?

Plenty. Enough to float a flotilla of rubber ducks. But don’t take my word for it – here’s what rain watchers Mike Taylor and David Riddell say.   August Puketaha: 138mm Gordonton: 123.5mm So overall, very similar patterns for last month. Puketaha was slightly wetter but Gordonton had the wettest single day, with an impressive

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Home Range

Keith

New beat for Gordonton principal

  The new principal at Gordonton School was a cop, rides an Indian Scout motorbike and played Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Keith O’Donnell takes time out of school to talk to Annette Taylor. This story featured in our first issue of community magazine Home Range.  Here it is for those who like things online!

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President Park in Gordonton

The seriously local quiz – answers!

Here are the answers to our very first local quiz in the very first issue of Home Range magazine! But first – a bonus question and answer.  Q: What does a giant kokopu look like? A:  Beautiful.   1. What head of state visited a dairy farm on Woodlands Rd in 1968 (and was assassinated

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Out & About

Fukushima

Struggling to find the words: inside Fukushima’s nuclear plant

Gordonton’s Iris Riddell toured inside the disabled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant recently. She shares the experience here.       “Your total radiation dose on this tour will be 0.01 millisieverts – about the equivalent of a dental x-ray.” That’s what we’d been told, barely 40 minutes earlier. I tried to keep that firmly in

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Pukemokemoke

Huimai explores Pukemokemoke

Children and helpers from Huimai Playcentre had a great time exploring the bush and critters at Pukemokemoke Reserve recently. The budding biologists completed a treasure hunt, spotting intricate spider webs, cicada shells, birds and trees along the way.   And of course there was time to take time out and have a breather in the

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Country Cooking

Muttonbird

Muttonbird on the menu

David Riddell whips up a special lunch I’ve often seen sooty shearwaters at sea, and occasionally on their breeding grounds, but until now I’d never eaten one. When on the table they’re better known as muttonbirds; I spotted some in the window of a Ngaruawahia butcher’s shop the other day and thought I’d give one

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Duck with bacon and red wine – divine

  Duck hunting started with a bang on the weekend, as the shrieks and wails from nearby pukekos attested to. We don’t have a gun, and we’re not very good at sitting near a pond in a maimai, waiting for the sun to get up but we do relish duck dinners. Luckily, I have a

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History

Woodlands Homestead

Riddell reunion all go

  Descendants of the Riddell family are having a reunion at Woodlands Estate this month. A highlight will be catching up, seeing and meeting all the relations connected to the family, known and unknown, says Jacquie Haselden, one of the organisers. The event will include placing a memorial plaque in the garden for Corporal John

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Heirloom gowns

Heirloom exhibition at Woodlands for young and old

  Step into history these school holidays for Stitch ‘n’ Time; a special exhibition of antique children’s and dolls dresses at Woodlands Estate. “We will open our doors on Tuesday July 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 so children of all ages can experience what it would have been like to grow up in the

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