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News

Diversion in place near Taupiri

Waikato Expressway users will have a minor diversion near Gordonton Road at Taupiri for up to three weeks while work is done ahead of the connection to the Huntly section. The State Highway 1 south-bound lane connecting traffic to the Ngaruawahia section will be temporarily closed and motorists will access the expressway from the roundabouts

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News

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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Drain cleaning

Bussy does it herself

Cilla Henry is not happy her 70-year-old niece Bussy is having to tidy up the drains outside the family farm in Gordonton. “She’s a good soul but she’s got a bad heart.  The frustrating thing is that no-one ever comes to clean the drains so she’s doing it all herself.  Again.  It’s very frustrating.” For

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Libraries give back the love

Waikato District Libraries will wipe overdue fines during its Love your library week in exchange for cans of food. Love your library week starts this Wednesday (8 February) and finishes on Valentine’s Day on Tuesday 14 February and a great range of free events are planned. “The week is about celebrating our libraries with our

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Easter trading deadline approaches

Time is running out for people to have their say on Easter trading in the Waikato district. Waikato District Council is proposing to adopt an Easter Trading Policy which will allow shops within the Waikato to open on Easter Sunday. A recent change in legislation means that it is now up to individual councils to

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Planning getaways to avoid traffic

With two consecutive long weekends approaching, Waikato-Bay of Plenty travellers are being urged to plan their journeys and try to avoid congestion hotspots. Monday 30 January is Anniversary Day while the following Monday 6 February, is Waitangi Day. The NZ Transport Agency says a number of special events are being held and recommends people take

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Out & About

Penny farthings

Gone cycling

  Number 8 Network has headed Otago-ways for a bicycle ride in full Victorian clobber.  Penny farthings will be involved, and Annette Taylor says this year she might try and get on one.  For one minute. Last year she joined a keen group of enthusiasts for an old-fashioned cycle tour of Canterbury. Lycra and gears

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The rubbish jar

The Number One tip for reducing your rubbish is…

GET A JAR.  No, seriously.  Since the new changes to Waikato District Council’s rubbish collection our household waste has been reduced to this –     It began with friendly rubbish rivalry.  A friend challenged us to see who could produce the least trash.  This was before Waikato District Council’s changes to rubbish collection –

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Country Cooking

Summer Pie

Summer pie for all

You’d think I would remember this. But no. The last time I cooked this fantastically tasty recipe was back in 2003 when I wrote about it in my cooking column in the Waikato Times. Which is a bit ironic, because the subject was about memory being a funny old thing. ‘There are many things I’ve

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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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Country Markets

Gordonton country market

Gordonton Market this Saturday!

The sun is set to shine on this Saturday’s Gordonton Country Market. “Fine, not much wind,” says MetService. Stallholders will be making the most of the day – serving up good cheer as well as a huge range of locally made art, and crafts, food and treats. Great food is on offer – including salmon,

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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

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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Hopscotch and horses: old school memories

Clarice Hoban (nee Riddell)  still remembers the names of the draft horses who pulled the milk wagon – Jock and Bonny. “They were lovely,” says the 86-year-old, former student of Gordonton Primary, which celebrates its 125th anniversary over Labour weekend. Clarice, the youngest in the family of William and Mary Riddell, lived in the old

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