Gordonton book box

News

Books for all at the all-new book box

  THE POOR OLD Book Box in Gordonton Village was looking a little shabby.  It has been two long years standing out in rain and sun in the middle of the Village. Time for some tender loving care and a lick of new paint, N8N thought.  So we rolled our sleeves up and got busy. 

[continue reading…]

News

Orini combined school

Orini gets tough on trash

Orini Combined School is cracking down on rubbish. A Zero Waste educator has visited the little school to take help them tackle their trash. “We’ve done a rubbish audit – to discover what is brought in, and how much waste we’re producing. We’ll also find out how much of our rubbish can be recycled,” says

[continue reading…]

cow

Climate Change workshops target dairy farmers

Eight half-day workshops will be running throughout New Zealand in June, giving dairy farmers the opportunity to hear from some of New Zealand’s top climate change researchers on the challenges on climate change. “We want our farmers and our broader industry to be world leading in climate change mitigation and adaptation,” says DairyNZ’s senior climate

[continue reading…]

Wyatt Denfield

Give a little for Wyatt

  A Give a little page has been set up for Wyatt Denfield, an 11-year-old Orini Combined School student diagnosed with leukemia last month. And his fellow class mates are getting behind him – the school is holding a sausage sizzle fundraiser this Friday (18 may) with all proceeds going to Wyatt and his family.

[continue reading…]

Beautiful border collie

Dirty dog challenge promises mud and fun

If your dog loves mud, and you don’t mind getting a bit grubby, get along to the Dirty Dog Challenge in June. Waikato District Council and Hamilton City Council have teamed up for a canine-themed event on Saturday 16 June  where dogs and their owners can navigate their way through a mud-filled obstacle course. Hamilton’s

[continue reading…]

Orini bike race

Orini hot spot for bike sports

  It was full throttle at an Orini farm last weekend, as a new bike track saw riders vying for title glory at the annual New Zealand Miniature TT Championships. Competitors relished the perfect riding conditions over the two days, says BikesportNZ.com editor Andy McGechan. The event wasn’t held last year as a suitable venue

[continue reading…]

Out & About

Pukemokemoke

Huimai explores Pukemokemoke

Children and helpers from Huimai Playcentre had a great time exploring the bush and critters at Pukemokemoke Reserve recently. The budding biologists completed a treasure hunt, spotting intricate spider webs, cicada shells, birds and trees along the way.   And of course there was time to take time out and have a breather in the

[continue reading…]

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

[continue reading…]

Country Cooking

Duck with bacon and red wine – divine

  Duck hunting started with a bang on the weekend, as the shrieks and wails from nearby pukekos attested to. We don’t have a gun, and we’re not very good at sitting near a pond in a maimai, waiting for the sun to get up but we do relish duck dinners. Luckily, I have a

[continue reading…]

A plate of pikelets

Unbeatable Tauhei pikelets

Nothing beats a plate of warm pikelets, slathered with butter, raspberry jam and a dollop of cream.  Unless it’s two plates… I have a splendid, fool-proof recipe, from my mother-in-law Gwen, who was majestic in the kitchen.  She could whip up enough scones, fruit cakes, roasts, stuffed turkeys, club sandwiches to feed an army of

[continue reading…]

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.

[continue reading…]

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

[continue reading…]

History

MG 1938

Taking the MG for a spin in 1938

Mike Taylor has responded to N8N’s call for local historic photos and come up with this great pic of two lads out and about in Gordonton.  Love the metal road! THIS PHOTOGRAPH was taken on Whitikahu Road, near Gordonton, in 1938. My father Alan, left, in his MG and his older brother Mac in the

[continue reading…]

Head-on crash on Gordonton Rd, occupants walk home for nice cup of tea

    IT WAS A dark and not terrible stormy night, but thick fog was blanketing Gordonton Rd when these two vehicles collided head-on back in the 1940s. Number 8 Network loves old photos, especially if they’re from around here.  So we’re launching a new series, The Old Photo Album,  where we will share some

[continue reading…]