Anzac Day 2014

News

From Hukanui to Passchendaele – a soldier remembered

Local history enthusiast Mike Taylor shares the story of a pioneering family of the Gordonton District and one of the many soldiers who never came back from the First World War. “A WEEK OR SO ago you ran an article on sports activities at Woodlands in 1885 which mentioned my great grandfather, John McNicol [the

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News

Pioneer Fundays

Victorian high jinks at Woodlands

WOODLANDS, Gordonton’s Victorian homestead, hosted its second Pioneer Fundays last week – an extravaganza of 19th Century delights and goings-on. There were pony rides, vintage machinery, games and garden trails to hunt for gnomes and much more to be found at the Estate.  Better yet, the weather behaved itself beautifully and thousands turned out, from

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Mainland chickens

Chicken farm petition gains 10,000 signatures

  A petition to Waikato District Council demanding they decline a proposed mega egg farm has reached over 10,000 signatures. New Zealand’s biggest egg producer, Mainland Poultry, want to build a chicken egg laying farm at 64 Old Road, Orini, Waikato. The proposed farm would house 400,000 egg laying hens in a new indoor production

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Plane for Gordonton School

David McNair look up in the air!

  THE whooping could be heard paddocks away when a light plane buzzed over Gordonton Primary in a farewell salute to David McNair. Around lunchtime last Thursday the fixed, single engine Cessna swooped over the school, to much cheering and waving from the entire school and staff. The fly-over was organised by Deanna Hinde, whose

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Dog vomit slime mould

Strange things at the church…

It’s not just rats and stoats that have been spotted (and dispatched) by St Mary’s Church pest control officer David Riddell.  Other marvels of the animal and other kingdoms are also noted  and admired. A few weeks ago he came across this beautiful… thing growing on an old dead tree stump behind the church. Its

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Anzac Day 2014

Gordonton’s Anzac Day service approaches

A good turnout is expected at Gordonton’s Anzac Day service this year – all are welcome to help mark the centenary of First World War’s final year.  In total, eight Waikato towns will hold services on 25 April. “It’s great to have services in the main centres like Auckland and Hamilton, but it’s very special

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Out & About

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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Fixing the broken spaces

  Iris Riddell, born and bred in Gordonton, now teaches English in Minamisoma, Japan, just 25km away from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Not long after arriving, she joined a volunteer group who every month help clean up the ‘broken spaces’ – the gardens and sections of people forced to abandon their homes

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Country Cooking

Kate Wilson

Dishing it up at Prof’s

  In this new column, Number 8 Network invites local chefs and café owners to share some of their secrets, as well as one very special recipe. Kate Wilson from Prof’s@Woodlands gets us started. We have a copy of Kate’s book Platter Chatter to give away – to enter email number8network  and tell us the

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Lemons

Lemon cordial all year round

  There’s nothing quite like a cool glass of lemon cordial after a day in the garden, mowing the lawns or a bout of strenuous book reading. And in winter it makes a delicious hot lemon drink on those cold nights which sadly, are approacing. Lemon cordial is really easy if you have a little

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Country Markets

Gordonton Country Market

Goodbye Gordonton market

The Gordonton Country Market is no more. The market committee and the Council of Oaks Christian Centre have agreed to cancel the market which has been held in Hukanui Park since 2012, said committee member Gayle Pearson. “We no longer have sufficient volunteers to continue to run the vibrant market we started in September 2012.

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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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History

Anzac Day 2014

From Hukanui to Passchendaele – a soldier remembered

Local history enthusiast Mike Taylor shares the story of a pioneering family of the Gordonton District and one of the many soldiers who never came back from the First World War. “A WEEK OR SO ago you ran an article on sports activities at Woodlands in 1885 which mentioned my great grandfather, John McNicol [the

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Egg and spoon race historic pic

Woodlands puts on the fun, then and now

  With Woodland’s Pioneer Fundays fast approaching, N8N looks back at how the pioneers entertained themselves way back when. A community sports day was held at the estate in Gordonton 133 years ago.  Headlined in block capitals THE WOODLANDS ANNUAL SPORTS, the article ran on Saturday April 4 1885 in the Waikato Times.  And a

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