Out & About

Fukushima: through the Exclusion Zone

Oct 16th, 2017 | By
Abandoned home

On one of the last evenings of our time in Japan we drove along the highway that runs through the Exclusion Zone around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. We were staying in Minamisoma with our daughter Iris who is teaching English at a local school.  Just 25km to the south lies the crippled nuclear

[continue reading…]



A year in Fukushima

Apr 2nd, 2017 | By
Iris Riddell in Japan

N8N co-founder Iris Riddell is spending a year in Minamisoma, the Japanese city that was all but swept away in the devastating 2011 tsunami. She has wanted to return to Japan ever since visiting aged 19 with the Hamilton-based drumming group Wai Taiko. Iris talks about her hopes and how she came to be living

[continue reading…]



Gordonton goes to Fukushima

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
Iris

That’s that then. The daughter is now on her way to Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, after a spot of training in Tokyo. Iris was the leading force in the creation of Number 8 Network. While studying journalism she noted she knew more about the goings-on in Hamilton than she did Gordonton, where she had been born

[continue reading…]



Gone cycling

Nov 10th, 2016 | By
Penny farthings

  Number 8 Network has headed Otago-ways for a bicycle ride in full Victorian clobber.  Penny farthings will be involved, and Annette Taylor says this year she might try and get on one.  For one minute. Last year she joined a keen group of enthusiasts for an old-fashioned cycle tour of Canterbury. Lycra and gears

[continue reading…]



The Number One tip for reducing your rubbish is…

Aug 13th, 2016 | By
The rubbish jar

GET A JAR.  No, seriously.  Since the new changes to Waikato District Council’s rubbish collection our household waste has been reduced to this –     It began with friendly rubbish rivalry.  A friend challenged us to see who could produce the least trash.  This was before Waikato District Council’s changes to rubbish collection –

[continue reading…]



Books back good cause

Aug 10th, 2016 | By

The Red Cross Book Fair, the oldest book fair in the Waikato, turns 20 this year and is still going strong in the e-reader era.
In fact, notes long time co-organiser Philippa Robertson the news recently was all about people’s dwindling fascination with Kindles.
Regardless of the debate over how we read the Red Cross Book Fair, held annually each August, has only known one trend in its two decades – an ever growing number of readers eager to be matched with recycled books.