Local Characters

Farewell Mayoress Betty

Mar 19th, 2018 | By
Betty Anderson

  Betty Anderson, sponge maker extraordinaire, toilet cleaning champion and friend to many, was farewelled in Gordonton recently. Fittingly, the memorial service was in the hall, and the New Zealand flag flown at half-mast.  John Bridgman, former Gordonton District Committee chairman, said every community has a sponge cake maker for functions – “Betty was our

[continue reading…]



Dishing it up at Prof’s

Feb 26th, 2018 | By
Kate Wilson

  In this new column, Number 8 Network invites local chefs and café owners to share some of their secrets, as well as one very special recipe. Kate Wilson from Prof’s@Woodlands gets us started. We have a copy of Kate’s book Platter Chatter to give away – to enter email number8network  and tell us the

[continue reading…]



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

[continue reading…]



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

[continue reading…]



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

[continue reading…]



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

[continue reading…]