News

Te Radar to host Gordonton charity quiz and auction

Sharpen your general knowledge and prepare for a night of fun – all for a good cause – at the Gordonton Hall next week. Comedian and TV personality Te Radar will MC at the Waikato Hauraki Coromandel Rural Support Trust’s first-ever Quiz and Charity Auction. “The winning team will receive a gift pack and a

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News

Eastwest radio station

Gordonton’s first radio station goes live

Gordonton’s first FM radio station goes live today. The low-power FM station will be run from Eastwest College and should cover a 5km radius. Students and staff have spent the last four weeks learning how to run the station, which has been automated up until now. “It is going to be run by students,” says

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Road safety petition to be presented this week

A petition calling for road safety improvements in Gordonton Village is to be presented to Waikato MP Tim van de Molen this Thursday. The petition calls for a range of modifications to roading and traffic through Gordonton. These include reducing the current speed limit of 70km/hr, a safe crossing for school children, a footpath from

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Thieves smash car into Mandarin Tree

THIEVES drove a vehicle through the front doors of Gordonton art gallery The Mandarin Tree early this morning. Owner Claudia Aalderink was woken by police telling her the gallery had been broken into at 3am. She arrived at the shop not long after to find the front doors smashed in and glass everywhere. “After the

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roadworks

Road safety work underway

Work has begun on road safety improvements between Taupiri and Gordonton. Fences are being relocated and trees and bushes trimmed, ahead of more extensive improvements due to get underway soon. The $4.6 million NZ Transport Agency project is in response to the road’s high crash history. “The most common cause of crashes is from motorists

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NZ Blood Service

Blood wanted in Rototuna

The NZ Blood Service needs new donors – and in a bid to find them they’re coming to us. This Thursday (November 9) a mobile blood drive will be held at Rototuna Primary School hall and it would be great to see as many people as possible, says NZBS donor recruiter Jan Johnston. “We’re doing

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Out & About

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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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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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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