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Moon cake and gummy bears

IT’S just as well I wasn’t in charge of catering on the trip to the Moon 50 years ago. I decided to make a cake, to celebrate us getting to the moon in Apollo 11 all those years ago. And surely worthy of a cake, all these years later. Clearly, the cake would have to

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Want to stand for council?

Be the same or be the change – if you think you can make a difference in your community, stand at this year’s Waikato district elections. Nominations for candidates wanting to stand at this year’s Waikato district elections are open. Waikato District Council’s chief executive Gavin Ion says anyone wanting to stand as a candidate

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The Word from Wairere

There is still time to prune those roses, says Lloyd from Wairere Nursery. “So long as it’s done before bud burst then all will be sweet.” Always prune in fine weather, and during a fine period as roses are vulnerable to Silver Leaf disease, a fungal infection whose spores are carried in the rain and

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Beef cheeks by golly

A lesser-known cut makes classic winter comfort food, says Kate Wilson from Prof’s @ Woodlands Cafe.  She writes about juicy, tender slow-cooked beef cheeks in the current issue of Home Range magazine.  We also welcome Kate as our new food writer at Number 8 Network – here’s to some great cooking stories! Comfort food has

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Home fire

Apply now for warmer home grant

The Government’s Warmer Kiwi Homes Programme is offering grants for insulation and heaters to low income owner occupied homes, says Waikato District Council. The grants cover two‐thirds of the cost of installing insulation. Grants for approved heaters (efficient heat pumps, wood burners and pellet burners) are capped at a maximum of $2500. To be eligible

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Home Range magazine on its way!

Yahoo!  Home Range magazine is hitting rural letterboxes this week. The 24-page, full colour publication is packed full of local stories from Gordonton, Puketaha, Orini and Horsham Downs. This issue has a lot of alpacas in it, with a feature on Dave Blom from Cornerstone Alpaca Stud and what brought him and his family from

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Home Range

Photo of beef cheek dish

Beef cheeks by golly

A lesser-known cut makes classic winter comfort food, says Kate Wilson from Prof’s @ Woodlands Cafe.  She writes about juicy, tender slow-cooked beef cheeks in the current issue of Home Range magazine.  We also welcome Kate as our new food writer at Number 8 Network – here’s to some great cooking stories! Comfort food has

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Photo of Home Range on table

Home Range magazine on its way!

Yahoo!  Home Range magazine is hitting rural letterboxes this week. The 24-page, full colour publication is packed full of local stories from Gordonton, Puketaha, Orini and Horsham Downs. This issue has a lot of alpacas in it, with a feature on Dave Blom from Cornerstone Alpaca Stud and what brought him and his family from

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Out & About

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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Pukemokemoke

Huimai explores Pukemokemoke

Children and helpers from Huimai Playcentre had a great time exploring the bush and critters at Pukemokemoke Reserve recently. The budding biologists completed a treasure hunt, spotting intricate spider webs, cicada shells, birds and trees along the way.   And of course there was time to take time out and have a breather in the

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Country Cooking

Photo of chocolate Moon cake

Moon cake and gummy bears

IT’S just as well I wasn’t in charge of catering on the trip to the Moon 50 years ago. I decided to make a cake, to celebrate us getting to the moon in Apollo 11 all those years ago. And surely worthy of a cake, all these years later. Clearly, the cake would have to

[continue reading…]

Photo of beef cheek dish

Beef cheeks by golly

A lesser-known cut makes classic winter comfort food, says Kate Wilson from Prof’s @ Woodlands Cafe.  She writes about juicy, tender slow-cooked beef cheeks in the current issue of Home Range magazine.  We also welcome Kate as our new food writer at Number 8 Network – here’s to some great cooking stories! Comfort food has

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History

Woodlands fundays

Fun days at Woodlands

Number 8 Network shares some photo highlights from the Pioneer Fundays held at Woodlands Estate last week.  The free family fun, during the school holidays, are an extravaganza of 19th Century delights and goings-on – featuring pony rides, vintage machinery, old fashioned games, and skills including butter churning.  It was a fabulous three days, thank

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Pare Hopa

From Gordonton to Oxford and back

The first Maori woman to gain a PhD – from Oxford, no less – began her educational journey at Gordonton School 78 years ago. Dr Ngapare Hopa still lives in her parent’s house, in the middle of Gordonton village.  She featured recently in Home Range magazine. She has headed Auckland University’s Maori Studies Department, worked

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