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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Lemon cordial all year round

Feb 11th, 2018 | By

  There’s nothing quite like a cool glass of lemon cordial after a day in the garden, mowing the lawns or a bout of strenuous book reading. And in winter it makes a delicious hot lemon drink on those cold nights which sadly, are approacing. Lemon cordial is really easy if you have a little

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4.2 per cent rates rise proposed

Feb 9th, 2018 | By
Waikato Regional Council logo

Waikato Regional Council’s draft 10 year budget has been signed off, with a proposed average rates rise of 4.2 per cent to existing ratepayers in year 1 to meet the demand for increased services. However, the rates burden could be much higher for some, with targeted catchment and biosecurity rates due to rise by an

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Cool kid needs care

Feb 7th, 2018 | By
Old telephone

  Five-year-old Azare started at Gordonton School last week and he’s loving it.  But regulations are making the start of the school day hard for Ray, his dad. Ray works in Gordonton from 8am Monday to Thursday but he’s not able to drop Azare off at the school until 8.15am – “I’m a bit stuck. 

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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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Share the Park campaign underway

Feb 1st, 2018 | By

  A campaign to reopen The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum as a public park is underway. The 17.5ha park, rehabilitated from a disused quarry over the last 26 years, has been a popular art exhibition space, and recreation area since the first sculpture exhibition was staged in 2003. Owners John and Dorothy Wakeling believe

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