Cornerstone alpacas

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Hey baby!

What a cutie!  Happy birthday to the newest addition at Cornerstone Alpaca Stud – this little fella is just hours old, born on the last day of 2017. But the cute doesn’t stop here.  Check out this alpaca getting into the Christmas spirit! And how about these two, born a few weeks ago.  One is

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DC Dog Rescue

Helping little Holly to a better new year

Little Holly, above, was found in the pound amnesty box one morning, with two siblings.  Cherie Baker, who runs Gordonton’s DC Rescue, says the catahoula cross is about nine to 10 weeks old. “She’s a little shy with new people, once she knows you she follows you everywhere.” Currently fostered on a lifestyle block with

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Merry christmas elves

Yo ho ho – Merry Christmas!

  Merry Christmas from Number 8 Network!  We found these elfish photos from the 2014 Rototuna Market and had to share.  That elf on the right is  Number 8’s Iris Riddell – she’s going to have her first snowy Christmas in Japan this year! Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, we wish you a sparkling,

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Santa visits Whitikahu School

Santa goes to school

Santa visited Whitikahu School yesterday. He did!  We have photographic proof.   He arrived in a sparkly magical vehicle, wearing his famous red suit, Redbands and a big grin…   …which was hard to see under the beard.  Then it was time to get to line up.         Yuletide treats were distributed…

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Woodlands Christmas

Christmas at Woodlands

Number 8 Network got into the festive spirit and took a stroll around the Christmas-decorated historic Woodlands Homestead.  Here are the results.                                       Woodlands says a big thank you to the little elves who helped decorate the

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waikato District Council logo

Water restrictions in place

Waikato District, Hamilton and Waipa District are now all on Water Alert Level 1. The move to Water Alert Level 1 was triggered by a significant increase in water consumption across the region. Water Alert Level 1 means that sprinklers should only be used between 6am to 8am and 6pm to 8pm, but a hose

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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

slow cooked rabbit

Slow-cooked rabbit delights

When someone drops a buck rabbit off at your front door, you do not flinch. You allow the husband to bundle the recently deceased creature up, process it and let it marinate in lemon juice and olive oil. Early the next evening you brown the joints in a frypan with bacon, before adding plump, black

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Pea and ham soup with a twist

Jazzing up the classic Pea and Ham soup is a grand idea on these chill Winter days, says Annette Taylor. Not much beats a bowl of hearty, steaming soup and one of my favourites  was pea and ham.  For years I’ve turned ham hocks and dried split peas into the well-known winter warmer; it’s cheap,

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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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History

Woodlands Pioneer Fundays

Woodlands Pioneer Day a blast

Woodlands first-ever Pioneer Fundays was a real blast from the past in the present. There were donkey rides, vintage vehicles to admire, old style games to play and gnomes to find on the garden trail. It’s estimated around 2000 people attended the days, from Tuesday to thursday.  Looking forward to the next one already!  

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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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