Jaisen Sarin after the theft

News

Thief strikes Gordonton dairy

Thieves struck the Gordonton superette this afternoon.  Manager Jaison Serin said a customer came in at about three o’clock, wanting cigarettes, cigarette paper, filters, Coke Cola, bread and pies. “He tried four times to using his card, then went outside to a car waiting with a driver.  Ten minutes he was back, saying he now

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News

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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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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Bins

New bins on the way

New recycling crates will be delivered to Waikato households later this month onwards as part of the new refuse and recycling services. The new teal blue recycling crates are being introduced as part of a range of measures to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. From Friday 1 July a user-pays system will

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The Taupiri Youth Group

Northern youth dominate awards

North Waikato youth are dominating the inaugural Waikato District Youth Awards to be held this Friday. Out of the 23 finalists, 19 live north of Hamilton, with one finalist in taupiri, and others in Huntly and Ngaruawahia. Waikato District Council communications advisor Teresa Hancock wasn’t sure why this was, but Number 8 Network reckons it’s

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Picking daffodils

Planting daffs before the storm

Dilly dilly daffodils – it’s time to get planting at Clandon Daffodils and here’s a pic of the hard working team making real progress. These will turn into a sea of beautiful blooms, in time for this year’s Daffodil Day, on Friday 26 August. Clandon Daffodils grow more than 1 million daffodil bulbs on their

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Out & About

Brian Cathro

Race begins for Waikato mayoralty

Candidates are putting their hands up for the top spot in Waikato’s local government. October 2016 is our chance to have a say on who represents our community and the Waikato district for the next three years. Brian Cathro is standing for change – the Ngaruawahia-born Mayoral candidate says it’s time the balance of power

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Woodlands Idol microphone

Stars shine at Woodlands

The stars were out in full force at Woodlands on Saturday night. It was a full house of more than 160 people for the second-ever Woodlands Idol, the first taking place in 2011. Seven talented contestants from the greater Waikato took to the stage to raise more than $4000 for a new visitor centre and

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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 this winter

Our markets may be taking a rest, but if you like piping 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

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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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History

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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