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Cheap deal has big cost

The Waikato District Council wanted a cheaper deal for access to Hamilton city libraries, a move that axed the long running deal and caused an outcry.

District Council chief executive Gavin Ion told our sister site Tamahere Forum the Hamilton City Council didn’t agree with the proposed fee cut “so the negotiations ended unsuccessfully.”

But one city councillor maintains the district has ditched a good deal which was being subsidised by the city.


Library access

Library access still up for discussion

Recent changes to access to Hamilton City Libraries for Waikato District residents are a short-term move, says Waikato District Council ward councillor Dynes Fulton. “This is all part of a process of council working towards developing a Waikato regional library facility for all. “The long term goal is to actually increase access to libraries throughout

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Kim Gardiner

Pick of the crop

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!  We have proof.  Here’s a photo of Gordonton’s Kim Gardiner with a new friend. Mother Marie says her daughter loves her lambs.     As does this mother.  Thanks for the pics Marie!     And what is this?  Could it be a Moanasaurus, a marine dinosaur that lived in the seas

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Sian's exhibition

Sian’s art show impresses

Eight-year-old artist Sian Bartley’s first solo exhibition, Just Getting Started, was a huge success, with a good turnout from family and supporters. The Gordonton School pupil only began painting recently, taking art workshops with artists Raymond Jennings and Joanne Clarke. Jo Clarke says response to the solo show was overwhelming, and many of Sian’s fellow

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Hamilton library access to end

Book lovers in Waikato District who use the Hamilton city libraries will have to pay for the privilege, although some areas will have 12 months’ grace. Access to Hamilton libraries will soon no longer be a free option for nearby Waikato district residents, reports N8N’s sister community website Tamahere Forum. An overwhelming majority of district

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Rare falcon visits Gordonton

    Gordonton’s Don Riddell knew it wasn’t a hawk.  He was pretty sure a NZ falcon was perching in his tree on Woodlands Rd. He rang N8N (we have expressed an interest in things ornithological!) and we galloped over to admire  one of New Zealand’s rare native birds of prey looking down on us.

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Home Range


New beat for Gordonton principal

  The new principal at Gordonton School was a cop, rides an Indian Scout motorbike and played Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Keith O’Donnell takes time out of school to talk to Annette Taylor. This story featured in our first issue of community magazine Home Range.  Here it is for those who like things online!

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President Park in Gordonton

The seriously local quiz – answers!

Here are the answers to our very first local quiz in the very first issue of Home Range magazine! But first – a bonus question and answer.  Q: What does a giant kokopu look like? A:  Beautiful.   1. What head of state visited a dairy farm on Woodlands Rd in 1968 (and was assassinated

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Out & About


Huimai explores Pukemokemoke

Children and helpers from Huimai Playcentre had a great time exploring the bush and critters at Pukemokemoke Reserve recently. The budding biologists completed a treasure hunt, spotting intricate spider webs, cicada shells, birds and trees along the way.   And of course there was time to take time out and have a breather in the

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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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Country Cooking

Duck with bacon and red wine – divine

  Duck hunting started with a bang on the weekend, as the shrieks and wails from nearby pukekos attested to. We don’t have a gun, and we’re not very good at sitting near a pond in a maimai, waiting for the sun to get up but we do relish duck dinners. Luckily, I have a

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A plate of pikelets

Unbeatable Tauhei pikelets

Nothing beats a plate of warm pikelets, slathered with butter, raspberry jam and a dollop of cream.  Unless it’s two plates… I have a splendid, fool-proof recipe, from my mother-in-law Gwen, who was majestic in the kitchen.  She could whip up enough scones, fruit cakes, roasts, stuffed turkeys, club sandwiches to feed an army of

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Heirloom gowns

Heirloom exhibition at Woodlands for young and old

  Step into history these school holidays for Stitch ‘n’ Time; a special exhibition of antique children’s and dolls dresses at Woodlands Estate. “We will open our doors on Tuesday July 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 so children of all ages can experience what it would have been like to grow up in the

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1930s tractor, puketaha

Tractor champions of the 30s

    Hard working men, hard working tractors.  Mike Taylor sent through these classic farming shots taken at Puketaha, 1938.  Although it’s possibly smoko time for James Thomas Parsell, right, and his helpful neighbour. “I wish I could say the whereabouts in Puketaha these photos were taken but I would only be guessing.  And just

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