Local Characters

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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Morepork Manor: tiny but cosy

Mar 1st, 2016 | By

Caz Warner has brought the tiny house revolution to Gordonton.  She shares the joy in her regular column. She’s eight metres long and 2.5 wide with a cupboards-galore kitchen, cosy dining room, bedroom, new shower and loo. Her name is Morepork Manor and she’s a circa-1980s Coronet caravan. She also features original artwork on her

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Goodbye Alan, Pukemokemoke’s best friend

Dec 14th, 2015 | By

Alan Leadley, gentleman, leader of the Friends of Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve and friend to all, passed away recently. I first met Alan not long after starting Number 8 Network. He burst into my life overflowing with enthusiasm for the work going on at the little bush block in Tauhei. He had a genuine fondness for

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Gordonton reflections

May 19th, 2015 | By

Caz Warner has a Room with a View – she lives in the former head master’s house beside Hukanui Park.  Word wizard, artist and wise owl, Caz will write a regular column for Number 8 Network on her reflections and musings.  Here she ponders the Gordonton Market, which springs to life outside her window. Scents

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