End of the road


Motorbike skills taught

Motorbike riders in and around Hamilton can take to the track for training sessions subsidised by NZ Transport Agency and Hamilton City, Waikato and Waipa District Councils. The courses are designed to reflect that at some point a rider (through someone else’s fault or their own) will find themselves in a situation where they need

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Rred Cross Book Fair



Car chase comes out to Gordonton

An early morning police pursuit which started on the streets of Hamilton came all the way out to Gordonton, the Hamilton News reports. Two people were arrested and taken into custody after the near 90-minute pursuit, which began on Insoll Ave at 3am Monday. The vehicle then drove through a number of the city’s streets

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New homes wanted for loving dogs

Cherie Baker runs DC Rescue Dogs in Gordonton. Number 8 Network showcases a special canine star in need of a new home. Meet Buzz the latest pound rescue at DC Rescue Dogs. Buzz is very well behaved and knows basic commands. One look at the photo and you can see this is a super smart

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Vote Waikato

Candidates confirmed for WDC elections

SEVENTY-FOUR people have thrown their hats in the ring as candidates in the upcoming Waikato District Council elections. When the Friday 12 August deadline passed there were: Five nominations for mayor 22 nominations for ward councillor 42 nominations for community boards Five nominations for the Te Kauwhata Licensing Trust. Electoral officer Dale Ofsoske says he

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Open day on road changes

Changes to local roads, including a plan to temporarily close Kay Rd for 13 months, were discussed at a NZ Transport Agency open day at Rototuna Junior High School yesterday. The project team were on hand to answer questions about the proposed construction programme, starting in October.   Work on bridges at Kay Rd, Gordonton

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End of the road

Work commences on making Gordonton Rd safer

A $1.5 million project designed to reduce the risk of crashes on State Highway 1B between Taupiri and Gordonton gets underway today. Over the past decade there have been eight deaths and five serious injury crashes on the stretch of highway. “The majority of these crashes have come from vehicles losing control on the corners,

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Out & About

The rubbish jar

The Number One tip for reducing your rubbish is…

GET A JAR.  No, seriously.  Since the new changes to Waikato District Council’s rubbish collection our household waste has been reduced to this –     It began with friendly rubbish rivalry.  A friend challenged us to see who could produce the least trash.  This was before Waikato District Council’s changes to rubbish collection –

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The Red Cross Book Fair is on at Te Rapa Racecourse from August 26-28

Books back good cause

The Red Cross Book Fair, the oldest book fair in the Waikato, turns 20 this year and is still going strong in the e-reader era.
In fact, notes long time co-organiser Philippa Robertson the news recently was all about people’s dwindling fascination with Kindles.
Regardless of the debate over how we read the Red Cross Book Fair, held annually each August, has only known one trend in its two decades – an ever growing number of readers eager to be matched with recycled books.

Country Cooking

Horse mushroom

Lashings of delicious mushrooms

Mushroom season is just about over, but one of the best types is still putting in an appearance. 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. Around here

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Chilli sauce cropped

Relishing the chillies

This is simply the most splendid chilli sauce I’ve experienced – packed with complex, intense flavours and hot enough to knock your socks off. We were going to turn our small harvest of jalapeno chillies into a jar of pickled peppers to be kept in the fridge and used as needed. But we’re still getting

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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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Hat celebration at the Rototuna Market.  Pic:  Annette Taylor

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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Gordonton Village

Gordonton flashback

My, how we’ve changed.  Check out this photo of Gordonton Village from the 1970s, sent in by the inimitable Perry Rice from Hamilton Central Libraries. This is looking at where The Mandarin Tree and Global Veterinary Services now reside.  I’m unreliably informed that the building on the right may have been a butcher’s shop at

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Vintage tractor

Dance of the tractors in Morrinsville

There were more rustic old tractors, stationary engines and farm equipment than you could point a stick at the Vintage Tractor & Machinery Memorabilia Weekend in Morrinsville.  Number 8 Network’s Annette Taylor filled her thermos, packed her sandwiches and took off to the event organised by the Waikato Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club. There was

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