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News

Home Range magazine underway

We’ve been a tad busy here at Number 8 Network. Over the last many weeks we’ve been running around compiling stories for the next issue of Home Range magazine. Launched last year by Number 8 Network, two issues – Summer and Winter – were delivered to about 3000 letterboxes in the Gordonton, Puketaha, Orini and

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News

computer

Windows 10 for better or worse

Windows 7 is expiring in January 2020; the only option is to upgrade to Windows 10, if you want to stay on that platform, says computer guy Matt Bentley. So what’s in a name? What’s better/worse about Windows 10? The pros: • Longevity. It is meant to be Microsoft’s ongoing operating system, meaning it will

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Dynes Fulton steps down

Waikato District Council Deputy Mayor and Hukanui-Waerenga ward councillor Dynes Fulton is not seeking re-election. After serving five terms, over 15 years, he told N8N’s Annette Taylor he decided earlier this year it was time stand down. “This is an appropriate time in my life now to do other things. It’s not just a continuation

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Tauhei’s wild hunt competition is on!

Attention keen young (and older) hunters – the Tauhei Wild Game Hunt and Fishing Competition is back and better than ever. The fundraiser took a year off last year while the school had a change of principal, but the hunt is on again this May, says committee member Bronwyn Lammas. “It’s an event not to

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Anzac 2019

Homes needed for Anzac crosses

  These white crosses need a home. The families of the soldiers they commemorate are invited to take these from the cenotaph. They were collected by Commander Brett Fotheringham RNZN from the NZ War Graves Project last year, hoping local families could retain them.  Please feel free to pick one of these white crosses from

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Trish Wilson

Farewell Trish

  Number 8 Network shares excerpts from retiring Whitikahu principal Trish Wilson’s farewell last week. Acting principal Brent Harper said that Trish Wilson was more than a principal – she was a caretaker, counsellor, camp leader, teacher, friend and mother figure. “It was difficult to summarise almost 20 years as principal of the school. When

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Home Range

Michael Blank

You’ve got mail!

Rural postie Michael Blank featured in the latest Home Range magazine.  The 24-page, full colour publication is packed full of local stories from Gordonton, Puketaha, Orini and Horsham Downs and put together with love by Number 8 Network.  If you didn’t see the magazine or would like a link to the digital editon, click here.

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The Firepot Cafe

In the kitchen at the Firepot Cafe

It’s two years this month since Carmen Ko took over the Firepot Cafe, with her wife Yupin. It’s been just great, she tells N8N’s Annette Taylor.  This story featured in Home Range magazine recently. “I really love Gordonton,” says the Firepot Cafe’s Carmen Ko.  “There’s a warm feeling here. I love the locals. Some come

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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

Muttonbird

Muttonbird on the menu

David Riddell whips up a special lunch I’ve often seen sooty shearwaters at sea, and occasionally on their breeding grounds, but until now I’d never eaten one. When on the table they’re better known as muttonbirds; I spotted some in the window of a Ngaruawahia butcher’s shop the other day and thought I’d give one

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Duck with bacon and red wine – divine

  Duck hunting started with a bang on the weekend, as the shrieks and wails from nearby pukekos attested to. We don’t have a gun, and we’re not very good at sitting near a pond in a maimai, waiting for the sun to get up but we do relish duck dinners. Luckily, I have a

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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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