News

Input needed on Gordonton’s history

Gordonton’s history was well and truly on the agenda at last month’s Gordonton District Committee meeting and a call has been made for input from everyone in the community. “We identified that we need to preserve our history in a pro-active manner, and use this to bring our community together, and keep our identity,” said

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News

Horse mushroom

Mushrooms galore!

Mushroom season is upon us.  And one of the best types is in paddocks right now. 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. Last year we didn’t

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Anzac approaches

A reminder that this year’s Anzac Day celebrations in Gordonton are on Tuesday 25 April. “Everyone is invited, and it’s an occasion where people can come together and share in a communal sense of remembrance,” Keith Jellyman said. The service starts at 10am, and will involve a remembrance in the Gordonton hall and a wreath

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Young hunter

Wild hunt on way again

Attention keen young (and older) hunters – the Tauhei Combined School Wild Game Hunt is fast approaching. The fundraiser, in its seventh year, is showing it is an event not to be missed. Each year it keeps getting better, says Rita Dewhurst who is on the organisaing committee. “It’s a great way for kids to

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Gumboots

Farewell to Fred

John Clarke died yesterday while photographing birds in the Grampians National Park, Victoria.  Only two years ago John’s mother died at Tamahere Eventide and his  memories formed the basis of this obituary on N8N’s sister site Tamahere Forum.     Obituary: Neva Yvonne Clarke McKenna, QSM, 1920-2015 A woman whose life was the stuff of

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Waikato flooding.

‘It was such a freak thing…’

A Taupiri family made a ‘frightening’ night time evacuation through the recent floodwaters, reports the Waikato Times. Wading through floodwaters in the dark with a toddler and a pet dog was a scary scenario for one Taupiri family. Remnants of Cyclone Debbie forced Lisa Thurgood​ and husband Nigal​ to evacuate their Tenfoot Rd home late Wednesday night.

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Out & About

Iris Riddell in Japan

A year in Fukushima

N8N co-founder Iris Riddell is spending a year in Minamisoma, the Japanese city that was all but swept away in the devastating 2011 tsunami. She has wanted to return to Japan ever since visiting aged 19 with the Hamilton-based drumming group Wai Taiko. Iris talks about her hopes and how she came to be living

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Iris

Gordonton goes to Fukushima

That’s that then. The daughter is now on her way to Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, after a spot of training in Tokyo. Iris was the leading force in the creation of Number 8 Network. While studying journalism she noted she knew more about the goings-on in Hamilton than she did Gordonton, where she had been born

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Country Cooking

Horse mushroom

Mushrooms galore!

Mushroom season is upon us.  And one of the best types is in paddocks right now. 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. Last year we didn’t

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Lemons

Lemon cordial all year round

  The hot summer days are coming to an end but there’s still nothing quite like a cool glass of cordial after a day in the garden – or strenuous book reading. And in winter it makes a delicious hot lemon drink on those cold nights. Lemon cordial is really easy if you have a

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Country Markets

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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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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History

Input needed on Gordonton’s history

Gordonton’s history was well and truly on the agenda at last month’s Gordonton District Committee meeting and a call has been made for input from everyone in the community. “We identified that we need to preserve our history in a pro-active manner, and use this to bring our community together, and keep our identity,” said

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Gordonton school reunion

‘Things from a long long past’

“I grew up in Gordonton on the family farm so was loosely aware that there was a clan of Riddells who did the same. As a young boy, I was taught in the primers by Peggy Riddell in one of those small ubiquitous prefabs of the time. It’s no longer extant. And this is where

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