Dawn, Anzac Day 2018

Apr 25th, 2018 | By
Anzac 2018

From Hukanui to Passchendaele – a soldier remembered

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By
Anzac Day 2014

Local history enthusiast Mike Taylor shares the story of a pioneering family of the Gordonton District and one of the many soldiers who never came back from the First World War. “A WEEK OR SO ago you ran an article on sports activities at Woodlands in 1885 which mentioned my great grandfather, John McNicol [the

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Victorian high jinks at Woodlands

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By
Pioneer Fundays

WOODLANDS, Gordonton’s Victorian homestead, hosted its second Pioneer Fundays last week – an extravaganza of 19th Century delights and goings-on. There were pony rides, vintage machinery, games and garden trails to hunt for gnomes and much more to be found at the Estate.  Better yet, the weather behaved itself beautifully and thousands turned out, from

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Chicken farm petition gains 10,000 signatures

Apr 20th, 2018 | By
Mainland chickens

  A petition to Waikato District Council demanding they decline a proposed mega egg farm has reached over 10,000 signatures. New Zealand’s biggest egg producer, Mainland Poultry, want to build a chicken egg laying farm at 64 Old Road, Orini, Waikato. The proposed farm would house 400,000 egg laying hens in a new indoor production

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David McNair look up in the air!

Apr 13th, 2018 | By
Plane for Gordonton School

  THE whooping could be heard paddocks away when a light plane buzzed over Gordonton Primary in a farewell salute to David McNair. Around lunchtime last Thursday the fixed, single engine Cessna swooped over the school, to much cheering and waving from the entire school and staff. The fly-over was organised by Deanna Hinde, whose

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Strange things at the church…

Apr 11th, 2018 | By
Dog vomit slime mould

It’s not just rats and stoats that have been spotted (and dispatched) by St Mary’s Church pest control officer David Riddell.  Other marvels of the animal and other kingdoms are also noted  and admired. A few weeks ago he came across this beautiful… thing growing on an old dead tree stump behind the church. Its

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