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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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St Mary's Church fundraiser

Fun and frolics at fundraiser

Hundreds turned up at the Family Fun Day to raise money for St Mary’s Church Hall Building Fund. Held at the Awapuni Donkey Farm in Gordonton, Sally-Ann Riddell says it was a fantastic day for a good cause –  and much fun was had. “There were rides for the kids, being towed behind a quad

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Lemons

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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Murray Ball

A fond farewell for Murray

  Along with almost every Kiwi in this country, I’m trying to find words to farewell the greatest of greats, Murray Ball who died yesterday aged 78. His observations of rural New Zealand were exceptional, right down to maggot racing and similar bucolic pastimes involving sheep, pigs and Welsh Corgis. Through more than 20 year’s

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Laughing Gull

Gordonton bird watchers get new bird for NZ

New Zealand has clocked up a new species of gull – and it’s down to two Gordonton birders. A few weeks ago N8N mentioned the sighting and since that time the Laughing Gull has been officially recognised as a new bird species for New Zealand.  Colin Miskelly, curator of terrestrial vertebrates, filed this report on

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knitted poppies

ANZAC Poppy Tree project growing fast

  Waikato community groups are getting out their knitting needles to take part in a district-wide yarn bombing street art project to commemorate ANZAC Day. They are joining forces with local community houses to create knitted or crocheted poppies to cover the trunk of a selected tree in each town centre in April, taking up

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Out & About

Iris

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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Penny farthings

Gone cycling

  Number 8 Network has headed Otago-ways for a bicycle ride in full Victorian clobber.  Penny farthings will be involved, and Annette Taylor says this year she might try and get on one.  For one minute. Last year she joined a keen group of enthusiasts for an old-fashioned cycle tour of Canterbury. Lycra and gears

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Country Cooking

Lemons

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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Summer Pie

Summer pie for all

You’d think I would remember this. But no. The last time I cooked this fantastically tasty recipe was back in 2003 when I wrote about it in my cooking column in the Waikato Times. Which is a bit ironic, because the subject was about memory being a funny old thing. ‘There are many things I’ve

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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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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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History

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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Hopscotch and horses: old school memories

Clarice Hoban (nee Riddell)  still remembers the names of the draft horses who pulled the milk wagon – Jock and Bonny. “They were lovely,” says the 86-year-old, former student of Gordonton Primary, which celebrates its 125th anniversary over Labour weekend. Clarice, the youngest in the family of William and Mary Riddell, lived in the old

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