Fountain Woodlands


Woodlands gets its fountain

There she flows – the water has been dancing in the new fountain at Woodlands Historic Homestead. Situated in the middle of the circular lawn in front of the homestead, the fountain is receiving a lot of praise from visitors, says Woodlands Estate manager Kirstie Alley. “It’s a thing of beauty, and it’s lovely to

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Arbor Day challenge

New Zealanders are being challenged to plant a native tree on Arbor Day (June 5) to set a record for the most trees ever planted on one day in New Zealand. The challenge comes from Trees That Count, a new conservation programme which aims to increase native tree planting in New Zealand. Trees That Count

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Gordonton Rd

Gordonton Road’s safety improved

The latest round of safety improvements on Gordonton Rd  (State Highway 1B) from Taupiri to Gordonton, have been completed. Side barriers, shoulder widening, wide centrelines and rumble strips are being added in high-risk areas from Taupiri through to the Ballard Rd intersection. The NZ Transport Agency’s Waikato Highways manager Karen Boyt said there were nine

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Beware who knocks

Neighbourhood Support Hamilton has sent a warning out about dodgy door knockers. Reports of groups of people are going to addresses in Chartwell, Queenwood and northern suburbs saying they are selling raffle tickets for a local school trip to Kelly Tarltons. “They take down names, addresses and phone numbers and a couple of dollars, while

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Denise Fort

Helicopter robots at The Mandarin Tree!

The Mandarin Tree’s next exhibition opens tomorrow.  Raglan artist Denise Fort talks to N8N’s  Annette Taylor about her art. Tell us a little about yourself, your background and where you are now. I was born in Munich, Germany. My parents came to Germany from Czech Republic and I came to New Zealand eight years ago.

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Inorganic rubbish collection starts

Furniture, lawnmowers, televisions and other inorganic rubbish will be collected from the kerb outside properties this month. Waikato District Council says only properties that have refuse and recycling picked up weekly are entitled to the annual kerbside inorganic collection. Communities need to make themselves aware of the collection dates for their area and when to

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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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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

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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Lemon cordial all year round

  The hot summer days are coming to an end but there’s still nothing quite like a cool glass of cordial after a day in the garden – or strenuous book reading. And in winter it makes a delicious hot lemon drink on those cold nights. Lemon cordial is really easy if you have a

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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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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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Gordonton school reunion

‘Things from a long long past’

“I grew up in Gordonton on the family farm so was loosely aware that there was a clan of Riddells who did the same. As a young boy, I was taught in the primers by Peggy Riddell in one of those small ubiquitous prefabs of the time. It’s no longer extant. And this is where

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