Local Characters

The Write Stuff

Feb 14th, 2018 | By
Calligraphy tools

From her home studio in rural Gordonton Marian Riddell produces beautiful, eye-catching calligraphy.  She takes time out of a busy life to talk about her Art. Or is it Science? Possibly both, with a hint of magic…   How did you get started? My interest in calligraphy started in high school. I had taken a

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Artist’s wall of fame remembered

Feb 2nd, 2018 | By

  FROM THE VAULTS:  Gordonton artist Chris Smith painted his eye-catching, colourful Wall of Fame depicting life and the locals of Gordonton in 1999.  It created much comment and appreciation for at least 10 years, but was painted over when new tenants moved into the building.  Annette Taylor talked with him in 2014.   IT

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Kate’s other hat

Apr 1st, 2017 | By

Kate Wilson is the co-owner of Prof’s at Woodlands Cafe in Gordonton. Unsurprisingly she wears many hats – Kate talks to Number 8 Network about art and Mind Stretch, her current exhibition in Hamilton. Do you, in fact, have any spare time?! It has definitely shrunk in the last year, but I am working on

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Oxford’s first Maori Woman PhD remembers Gordonton School

Oct 11th, 2016 | By

The first Maori woman to gain a PhD from Oxford University began her academic career at Gordonton School 76 years ago. Dr Ngapare Hopa still lives in her parent’s house, in the middle of Gordonton village. Described as unassuming and dignified, in 2011 Dr Hopa was recognised for her contribution to Maori arts by Creative

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The young champion

Sep 12th, 2016 | By
Sharnay Cocup

Now that the weather is better, Sharnay Cocup is getting back up her mountain; with spade and gumboots and a bunch of kids from the youth group she started when she was just 18. “We go up Taupiri Mountain two times a week to keep the gorse down,” she says. About three years ago she

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Book on good eating hot off the press

Apr 11th, 2016 | By
Book cover for How To Use Your Pie-hole

Jennifer Babich believes we have lost touch with how to eat, and she’s done something about it. The Rototuna resident has published How To Use Your Pie-hole, a book which takes the food industry to task and urges readers to take control. “The food industry is deeply warped. The level of confusion over what to

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