Sian Bartley


Young artist’s solo exhibition

  Three cheers for young artist Sian Bartley.  The eight-year-old Gordonton School pupil is holding her first solo exhibition next month, and only began painting recently. In March she began working with artists Raymond Jennings and Joanne Clarke, taking their Art Workshop program. Joanne Clarke said says the weekly sessions are designed to spark and

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Hunting kokopu

Fish hunting goes hi-tech in local stream

  Giant kokopu are New Zealand’s largest native freshwater fish other than eels, but few people have ever seen one.  They are also the largest member of the galaxiid family world-wide, and one of the species whose young forms part of the whitebait catch. Their numbers have declined markedly and they’re now listed as ‘vulnerable’

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Calf club

Rearing little friends – calf club basics

Some schools are going ahead with Calf Club this year.  For those who are,  Anexa vet Hanneke Officer shares some top tips to help rear a champion. It’s so exciting. You’ve got your calf/lamb and now it is your responsibility to look after him/her. What do you need? Basically, it’s quite simple: somewhere for them

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Home Range magazine

Magazine launched this week!

  IT’S HERE!  The new community magazine, Home Range, is hitting rural letterboxes north-east of Hamilton this week.  (Thank you John Aukusitino at Reachmedia!) The 24-page, full colour publication is packed full of local stories from Gordonton, Puketaha, Orini and Whitikahu.  It has profiles, features, country cooking, history and a seriously local quiz (answers to

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Carnival the donkey

Pick of the crop

It seems the animals and the weather dominate this week’s Pick of the Crop!  A wood pigeon called in to Great Beginnings Gordonton to have a look around.      Wood pigeons are not all that common around Gordonton so this a good record!  Look at these young ornithologists keeping watch –     Staying

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The Thomas family

Givealittle for family who lost all in fire

  A Givealittle page has been set up for the family who lost everything they owned in a house fire on Woodlands Rd recently. Set up by Emma Crawford, all money raised will go straight to Daniel and Courtney Thomas so they can buy things needed to get through. The Thomas family watched their family

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Home Range

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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Annette and Iris n8n

We’re getting a newspaper!

A newspaper for our area.  Or maybe it’s a magazine.  Possibly a bit of both. Community website Number 8 Network is launching a publication to connect people in the community north-east of Hamilton including Gordonton, Puketaha, Horsham Downs, Orini and Tauhei. Editor Annette Taylor has been writing the stories of this area for the past

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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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