Give a little for Finn

The response to a Givealittle fundraiser to buy a defibrillator has been amazing, says Orini Combined School teacher Belinda Duncan. Six-year-old student Finn Corbin was born with the right half of his heart missing, and is at risk of cardiac arrest at any time. The closest defibrillator is at Whitikahu Fire Station which is unattended

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Step up and stand for Council

If you see yourself as a potential leader and are passionate about your district, then now’s your chance to give local politics a go and have a say in your community’s future. Nominations for candidates wanting to stand in this year’s Waikato district elections have now opened. Waikato District Council’s electoral officer Dale Ofsoske says

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Kate Meads

Waste workshop in north only

Two parenting workshops on reducing waste are being held in northern Waikato later this month, part of the district’s move to more recyling, less waste. Nationally renowned ‘Nappy Lady’ Kate Meads will hold one in Meremere on Thursday 28 July and in Huntly the following day. Parents and parents-to-be receive tips on what they can

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Wood pigeon

View from the top

Nothing beats climbing to the top of Pukemokemoke on a crisp, winter day.  Unless it’s sitting on a bench while the husband does the last assault on his own. It was a good thing he took the camera with him, and so was able to share the view. First, we had to pay our respects

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Christchurch company to look after Waikato parks

A Christchurch City Council-owned company is to maintain the Waikato district’s open spaces – parks, gardens, cemeteries and playgrounds – from next month under a $4 million annual contract. City Care, owned by the commercial and investment arm of the Christchurch City Council, was awarded a 10-year contract that the district council says will improve

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Horsham Downs school

All safe and sound after threat closes school

A bomb scare at Horsham Downs School made for a long day but there was relief that it all ended with everyone safe and sound. “It’s now time for everyone to take a well-earned rest and recalibrate to return in two weeks to the same Horsham Downs School that we know and love,” board chairman

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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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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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