Horsham Downs ag day

News

Pick of the crop

Here’s a collection of cool pics from around the area. It’s ag day at many of our schools out there – how about this pic from Horsham Downs?     There’s no such thing as too many lambs on one trailer, thanks for the pic, Mike Taylor!     John Riddell had a couple of

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News

rural roads

Speed limits on rural roads in the spotlight

Locals are being urged to have their say on the speeds traffic can travel on the area’s roads, which have been found to be high-risk or that have been affected by rapid residential growth. Feedback can be given by making submissions on a Waikato District Council by-law. Submissions are open now and close on November

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Gordonton Obelisk

Centenary for cenotaph

  It is 100 years ago that Gordonton’s cenotaph was unveilled on a rainy day, 16 October 1918.  It was one of the first built in New Zealand to commemorate those from the local district who died in action and served in World War One. A reporter from the Waikato Times said the day would

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Spring flowers

Round-up of goings-on

Number 8 Network does a round-up of what’s been going on.   A team from Rototuna High School has come third in a Student Product Development Challenge with a beverage made from Waikato ingredients, one of which is from Zealong Tea Estate. Students Liam Anderson and Gaith Laith, led by teacher Jenny Mangan, were given

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Flowers WI

Flowers for free

  Be on the lookout for free bunches of flowers to take home next week – posies are being left at public places throughout the country by members of Women’s Institute. The Lonely Bouquet Initiative is spreading the word that the WI is alive and kicking and looking to recruit new members, says Sarajane Crookes,

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Council seeking submissions on Orini poultry farm

Waikato District Council is seeking submissions on a multi-tiered aviary system in Orini to be built by Mainland Poultry. “Mainland Poultry have provided the required information and the application will go to limited notification. This means the owners and occupiers of the seven properties identified as affected have until 12 October 2018 to make a

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Home Range

Keith

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

Fukushima

Struggling to find the words: inside Fukushima’s nuclear plant

Gordonton’s Iris Riddell toured inside the disabled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant recently. She shares the experience here.       “Your total radiation dose on this tour will be 0.01 millisieverts – about the equivalent of a dental x-ray.” That’s what we’d been told, barely 40 minutes earlier. I tried to keep that firmly in

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Pukemokemoke

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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Country Cooking

Muttonbird

Muttonbird on the menu

David Riddell whips up a special lunch I’ve often seen sooty shearwaters at sea, and occasionally on their breeding grounds, but until now I’d never eaten one. When on the table they’re better known as muttonbirds; I spotted some in the window of a Ngaruawahia butcher’s shop the other day and thought I’d give one

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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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History

Gordonton Obelisk

Centenary for cenotaph

  It is 100 years ago that Gordonton’s cenotaph was unveilled on a rainy day, 16 October 1918.  It was one of the first built in New Zealand to commemorate those from the local district who died in action and served in World War One. A reporter from the Waikato Times said the day would

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Woodlands Homestead

Riddell reunion all go

  Descendants of the Riddell family are having a reunion at Woodlands Estate this month. A highlight will be catching up, seeing and meeting all the relations connected to the family, known and unknown, says Jacquie Haselden, one of the organisers. The event will include placing a memorial plaque in the garden for Corporal John

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