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Woodlands seeks board members

Gordonton’s Woodlands Homestead is looking for new board members. Manager Kirstie Alley says it’s a great opportunity to help preserve an important part of New Zealand’s history. “Woodlands has a long history – it’s an original homestead and garden of national significance, with plants dating back to the 1880s.  It was fundamental to the development

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Entries open for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

Entries for this year’s No.8 Wire National Art Award at Fieldays are now open. The award, in its 24th year, challenges artists to create artworks made from agricultural products, predominantly No.8 wire, and has nearly $10,000 in prize money on offer. The winner will receive $7000, with prizes of $1000 and $500 for the second

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Lemons

Lemon cordial the best

There’s nothing quite like a glass of lemon cordial after a day in the garden, mowing the lawns or some strenuous book reading in the hammock. Lemon cordial is easy to make,  and with nice glass bottles available at the Warehouse or supermarket (the kind with the rubber seal) you can bottle the concentrate so

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Annette and Kate

Having a Sangriable time

Longer sunny days lend themselves to leisurely entertaining, says Kate Wilson from Prof’s @ Woodlands Cafe.  This article appeared in the newest Home Range magazine – brought to you by Number 8 Network. If we are responsive to the seasons, we have a quite different approach than we do during the colder months. Appetites are

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Time to watch water use

The message is official – watch your water use.  Hamilton City Council moved to Water Alert Level 1 last  week, and that will affect some residents in Gordonton. While most of the Waikato district isn’t on water restrictions just yet, Waikato District Council’s  Roger MacCulloch said southern communities need to be mindful that they have

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Council working bee success

Around 350 staff members from Waikato District Council rolled their sleeves up for a Waikato-wide working bee – the biggest ever seen. Council teams got stuck in weeding, picking up rubbish, painting and generally lending a hand at about 20 sites in the Waikato. The chance to give back to celebrate a successful year was

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Home Range

Annette and Kate

Having a Sangriable time

Longer sunny days lend themselves to leisurely entertaining, says Kate Wilson from Prof’s @ Woodlands Cafe.  This article appeared in the newest Home Range magazine – brought to you by Number 8 Network. If we are responsive to the seasons, we have a quite different approach than we do during the colder months. Appetites are

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Memories of Bussy

Annette Taylor talks with Gordonton’s Cilla Henry and John Bridgman about their memories of a special member of our community who passed away earlier this year. This is the full article featured in the new Home Range magazine from Number 8 Network – look for it in letterboxes this week! Bussy Harata (Charlotte) Ngataki  was

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Out & About

Gordonton School enjoys day at the Marae

Gordonton School visited Hukanui Marae recently.  Gordonton principal Keith O’Donnell said students and staff were welcomed onto the Marae with a full Powhiri.   The purpose of the visit was to strengthen ties between the Marae and the school and to bring the two communities closer together. There is some overlap in that relationship, he said.

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Fukushima

Struggling to find the words: inside Fukushima’s nuclear plant

Gordonton’s Iris Riddell toured inside the disabled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant recently. She shares the experience here.       “Your total radiation dose on this tour will be 0.01 millisieverts – about the equivalent of a dental x-ray.” That’s what we’d been told, barely 40 minutes earlier. I tried to keep that firmly in

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Country Cooking

Lemons

Lemon cordial the best

There’s nothing quite like a glass of lemon cordial after a day in the garden, mowing the lawns or some strenuous book reading in the hammock. Lemon cordial is easy to make,  and with nice glass bottles available at the Warehouse or supermarket (the kind with the rubber seal) you can bottle the concentrate so

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Annette and Kate

Having a Sangriable time

Longer sunny days lend themselves to leisurely entertaining, says Kate Wilson from Prof’s @ Woodlands Cafe.  This article appeared in the newest Home Range magazine – brought to you by Number 8 Network. If we are responsive to the seasons, we have a quite different approach than we do during the colder months. Appetites are

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History

Phot of Alan and Ruth Manning

Memories of Komakorau School

  Seventy or more years ago, Alan Manning, got into a spot of bother at Komakorau School.  He told the tale to Home Range magazine.  Along with two other boys, Alan decided to brighten up the girls’ drinking fountain. “We filled the bowl with dirt and planted some daisies. Our teacher, Mr Broadbent, was very

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Historic photo of Waikato Times

Waikato Times in the 1930s

  ANOTHER good thing from the past – this from Alan Manning, a founding member of the Waikato Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club.   Alan’s grandfather Arthur worked at the Waikato Times as a printing machinist from the early 1900s.  He returned to his job after serving in the first World War, and stayed until

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