Farewell Trish

  Number 8 Network shares some excerpts from retiring Whitikahu principal Trish Wilson’s farewell last week. Teacher 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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Gordonton cenotaph at dawn

Children to speak at Gordonton’s Anzac service

Children from Gordonton, Horsham Downs and Puketaha Schools will be the official speakers at this year’s Anzac Day service in Gordonton. “They will read out poems and excerpts from letters from the diggers that have connections to this area,” says event organiser and St Mary’s Church Vicar David Smithson. A good turnout is expected at

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Thomas Rd intersection

Traffic lights turned on at Gordonton Rd trouble spot

New traffic lights at one of Hamilton’s busiest intersections have been switched on.  Hamilton City Council staff and councillors believe the lights will mitigate safety and congestion issues at the site. The Thomas Rd/Gordonton Rd intersection has been undergoing upgrade work since late last year and the new lights were activated on Wednesday. The intersection

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Dumped computers

The cost of computers on the environment

Few things are more harmful to the environment than computing, says computer expert Matt Bentley. The amount of raw materials that need to be extracted from the earth in order to construct a small computer, is the size of a small car. So if we’re using then replacing these devices every three to four years,

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waikato District Council logo

Council wards up for revamp

Waikato District Council’s final proposal for representation arrangements for the next local body elections, including the shape of the district’s voting Wards and the number of Councillors elected, has been largely endorsed. The Local Government Commission said the proposed arrangements with some further minor boundary alterations, provided a good balance between both the fair and

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Farewell Keith

Keith Jellyman passed away unexpectedly last Saturday. A friend to many, Keith, with his wife Lynda, has been a large part of the Gordonton community.  His funeral will take place in Gordonton on  Thursday 11 April, 1.30pm at Gordonton Hall.   Number 8 Network shares memories of Keith – “The first time I met Keith

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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


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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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 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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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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Working hard in 1909

  Albert Chapman subdividing the land along Piako Rd, 1909.  This photo, from Gordonton’s John Bridman, is the second in a sequence taken by roaming photographer SC Smith. In the background are the original Bridgman farmouse and stables.  Hamilton City Libraries librarian Perry Rice said the heritage section has many other SC Smith photos in

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