WEL Network book


Power book just for kids

WEL Networks has launched its own activity book teaching kids how to stay safe around power. The activity books are free, and include colouring pages, word finds and crosswords all aimed at four to nine-year-olds. “We deliver a variety of information to adults about keeping safe near power lines and wanted to ensure out little

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After surviving a month’s backpacking around Asia (mainly to see daughter Iris Riddell) Number 8 Network’s Annette Taylor had a little slip last week. The jetlag was abating when I got a call from a friend who needed to be taken to Waikato Hospital’s Emergency Department last Monday.  This was the day the hospital was

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International pressure stops Orini’s possum hunt

Orini Combined School has had to cancel its fund-raising possum hunt one month before the event after online backlash. The Great Orini Possum Hunt was planned to raise money for a class camp in the Coromandel. However, an international petition sparked a fierce backlash online and they will now hold a disco. They were hoping

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Road works

New bridge shapes up

The new bridge on Gordonton Rd is due to open this December. Also nearing completion are the Morrinsville Rd bridge, late October, and one in Matangi, February 2018. These bridges have been built ‘on the ground’, with the expressway route to be excavated beneath the bridges this summer. NZ Transport Agency portfolio manager Peter Simcock

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produce at fair

Smashing school fair planned

Tractor rides, pony rides, non-stop entertainment, cake stalls and games – it must be Puketaha School’s Spring Fair. Also planned for the day is a monster garage sale, craft and food stalls, raffles and… Smash-a-Car. That’s right, Smash-a-Car.  Committee member Sarah Avery says this will involve a Nissan, minus glass, which people can pay to

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Pukemokemoke reserve sign

Pukemokemoke’s loop track closed

Pukemokemoke’s loop track to the summit is currently closed, says Friends of Pukemokemoke chairman Warwick Silvester. “Due to heavy rain over the past two months and the enormous increase in foot traffic on the tracks we have had to close the track to all walkers.” He said the new boardwalk has been a major boon

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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

Pea and ham soup with a twist

Jazzing up the classic Pea and Ham soup is a grand idea on these chill Winter days, says Annette Taylor. Not much beats a bowl of hearty, steaming soup and one of my favourites  was pea and ham.  For years I’ve turned ham hocks and dried split peas into the well-known winter warmer; it’s cheap,

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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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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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Woodlands Pioneer Fundays

Woodlands Pioneer Day a blast

Woodlands first-ever Pioneer Fundays was a real blast from the past in the present. There were donkey rides, vintage vehicles to admire, old style games to play and gnomes to find on the garden trail. It’s estimated around 2000 people attended the days, from Tuesday to thursday.  Looking forward to the next one already!  

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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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