SH1B road work update

Safety improvement work on SH1B between Ballard Road and Taylor Road (excluding Gordonton Village) is progressing well and on track to be finished before winter sets in.  Over the next few weeks drainage works will be completed near Taylor Rd and road shoulders will be resealed, ahead of roadside safety barriers being installed next month.

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Betty Anderson

Farewell Mayoress Betty

  Betty Anderson, sponge maker extraordinaire, toilet cleaning champion and friend to many, was farewelled in Gordonton recently. Fittingly, the memorial service was in the hall, and the New Zealand flag flown at half-mast.  John Bridgman, former Gordonton District Committee chairman, said every community has a sponge cake maker for functions – “Betty was our

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Knitters needed for poppy project

Red knitted poppies are needed for this year’s Anzac Day celebrations, the more the merrier.  Waikato District Council and the Ngaruawahia Community House plan to create a blaze of poppies along the Te Awa Cycle Way, and over the Perry Bridge. More than 1200 poppies are needed for the project, which will help mark the

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waikato District Council logo

WDC hosts rates discussion

The Waikato District Council will host a public information session on its Long Term Plan in Gordonton on Wednesday 21 March, from 6 – 7.30pm. The plan proposes a general rate rise of 6.24% for 2018/19, dropping to 4.8% then 3.73% over the next two years, and 3% in the following years. The session at

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Whitikahu Japan

Whitikahu calls Fukushima

Whitikahu Primary, NZ, meet Odaka Elementary, Japan. In the first of its kind, a video chat was held for students from both countries last Friday. The idea had been mooted around Christmas – Iris Riddell, born and raised in Gordonton, teaches English at Odaka, in Fukushima Prefecture, just 16km from the disabled Fukushima Nuclear Power

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Fruit cake

Waikato Show seeks culinary creations

The 110th Waikato Show gets underway next month, and they want not only cake but jam and preserves too!   Keeping up traditions of yesteryear, the Homegrown Harvest is seeking the finest examples of baking, pickling, preserving and bottling in the Waikato. Ralph Evans, acting general manager, says his weakness is fruit cake – and

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Out & About

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

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Abandoned home

Fukushima: through the Exclusion Zone

On one of the last evenings of our time in Japan we drove along the highway that runs through the Exclusion Zone around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. We were staying in Minamisoma with our daughter Iris who is teaching English at a local school.  Just 25km to the south lies the crippled nuclear

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Country Cooking

Kate Wilson

Dishing it up at Prof’s

  In this new column, Number 8 Network invites local chefs and café owners to share some of their secrets, as well as one very special recipe. Kate Wilson from Prof’s@Woodlands gets us started. We have a copy of Kate’s book Platter Chatter to give away – to enter email number8network  and tell us the

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Lemon cordial all year round

  There’s nothing quite like a cool glass of lemon cordial after a day in the garden, mowing the lawns or a bout of strenuous book reading. And in winter it makes a delicious hot lemon drink on those cold nights which sadly, are approacing. Lemon cordial is really easy if you have a little

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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.

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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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Artist’s wall of fame remembered

  FROM THE VAULTS:  Gordonton artist Chris Smith painted his eye-catching, colourful Wall of Fame depicting life and the locals of Gordonton in 1999.  It created much comment and appreciation for at least 10 years, but was painted over when new tenants moved into the building.  Annette Taylor talked with him in 2014.   IT

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Hamilton's first library

Scandal and rivalry in libraries of old

  Inspired by Perry Rice’s N8N article on the origins of Hamilton’s libraries, local historian Alan Sharp looks into the earliest days of libraries around the region. He uncovers a history that includes local rivalries, bureaucratic bungling, a fire, and more than a touch of scandal. WHILE ON HOLIDAY I received a request for information

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