Kate Wilson

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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 – email number8network for a chance to score your copy!

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News

Calligraphy tools

The Write Stuff

From her home studio in rural Gordonton Marian Riddell produces beautiful, eye-catching calligraphy.  She takes time out of a busy life to talk about her Art. Or is it Science? Possibly both, with a hint of magic…   How did you get started? My interest in calligraphy started in high school. I had taken a

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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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Waikato Regional Council logo

4.2 per cent rates rise proposed

Waikato Regional Council’s draft 10 year budget has been signed off, with a proposed average rates rise of 4.2 per cent to existing ratepayers in year 1 to meet the demand for increased services. However, the rates burden could be much higher for some, with targeted catchment and biosecurity rates due to rise by an

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Old telephone

Cool kid needs care

  Five-year-old Azare started at Gordonton School last week and he’s loving it.  But regulations are making the start of the school day hard for Ray, his dad. Ray works in Gordonton from 8am Monday to Thursday but he’s not able to drop Azare off at the school until 8.15am – “I’m a bit stuck. 

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Artist’s wall of fame remembered

  FROM THE VAULTS:  Gordonton artist Chris Smith painted his eye-catching, colourful Wall of Fame depicting life and the locals of Gordonton in 1999.  It created much comment and appreciation for at least 10 years, but was painted over when new tenants moved into the building.  Annette Taylor talked with him in 2014.   IT

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Out & About

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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Abandoned home

Fukushima: through the Exclusion Zone

On one of the last evenings of our time in Japan we drove along the highway that runs through the Exclusion Zone around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. We were staying in Minamisoma with our daughter Iris who is teaching English at a local school.  Just 25km to the south lies the crippled nuclear

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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 – email number8network for a chance to score your copy!

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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

Artist’s wall of fame remembered

  FROM THE VAULTS:  Gordonton artist Chris Smith painted his eye-catching, colourful Wall of Fame depicting life and the locals of Gordonton in 1999.  It created much comment and appreciation for at least 10 years, but was painted over when new tenants moved into the building.  Annette Taylor talked with him in 2014.   IT

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Hamilton's first library

Scandal and rivalry in libraries of old

  Inspired by Perry Rice’s N8N article on the origins of Hamilton’s libraries, local historian Alan Sharp looks into the earliest days of libraries around the region. He uncovers a history that includes local rivalries, bureaucratic bungling, a fire, and more than a touch of scandal. WHILE ON HOLIDAY I received a request for information

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