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News

Keith Holmes throws his hat into the ring

N8N continues its series of profiles on candidates for local body elections. We share a Q & A with Tauhei’s Keith Holmes, who is running for Waikato Regional Council in the Waikato General Constituency. Keith’s history of governance includies six years on the Waikato Regional Council Lower – Waikato Constituency. He currently chairs the Lower

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News

Police investigate campervan Puke Rd Photo: Annette Taylor

Puke Road the focus of police drama

  Gordonton has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently, with a murdered Australian’s body found in a van dumped on Puke Road and a gunman on the loose. We were driving south on Gordonton Road at 8.30am Friday and first noticed a large, dark helicopter flying over the Village – this

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Thieves strike at Gordonton Superette

  In what’s been a very bad weekend for Gordonton following the abandonment of a campervan containing the body of murdered Australian tourist Sean McKinnon on Puke Rd, the Gordonton Superette was broken into Saturday morning. The break-in was unrelated to the previous incident. A car, believed to be stolen, was used to smash into

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Chasing storms – from Horsham Downs to the American West

    “It’s an adrenalin rush, watching Mother Nature at her most spectacular yet dangerous state,” says Horsham Downs dairy farmer and serial storm chaser Jamie Haultain. “There’s nothing like it. The adrenalin has been pent up through the entire day and released over a couple of hours in the evening.” Jamie spent two weeks

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Givealittle page for family who lost everything in fire

A Givealittle page has been set up for a family who lost everything in a house fire last Tuesday afternoon. The family of seven were attending a funeral and returned to find their home, on the corner of Bankier Rd, in flames. “Unfortunately they do not have insurance and nothing was salvaged. With such a

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Great Beginnings

Pick of the Crop

N8N’s roundup of cool things going on in our area. How about this for Pick of the Crop?  “Wow – that’s got to be a record for the biggest daffodil!”   Ian Riddell from Clandon Daffodils found this beauty recently.   (Freshly picked seedling of Graham Phillips – hybridiser of daffodils, say Clandon.)   What a

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Home Range

Photo of Gordonton Rugby Club 1912

Footy champs of 1912

WHAT a grand looking team.  The photo, supplied by Hamilton City Libraries Perry Rice, ran recently in the latest copy of Home Range magazine. The year, says Perry, is 1912 and the occasion is the senior team winning the Hamilton Rugby Union Championship.  This team reigned supreme in 1912. Its record for the season was

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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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Out & About

Photo of lightning

Chasing storms – from Horsham Downs to the American West

    “It’s an adrenalin rush, watching Mother Nature at her most spectacular yet dangerous state,” says Horsham Downs dairy farmer and serial storm chaser Jamie Haultain. “There’s nothing like it. The adrenalin has been pent up through the entire day and released over a couple of hours in the evening.” Jamie spent two weeks

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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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Country Cooking

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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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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

Photo of Gordonton Rugby Club 1912

Footy champs of 1912

WHAT a grand looking team.  The photo, supplied by Hamilton City Libraries Perry Rice, ran recently in the latest copy of Home Range magazine. The year, says Perry, is 1912 and the occasion is the senior team winning the Hamilton Rugby Union Championship.  This team reigned supreme in 1912. Its record for the season was

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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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