Woodlands fundays

News

Pioneer Fundays back soon!

  It’s on again – three days of old-fashioned fun at Woodlands Estate in Gordonton these school holidays. There will be alpacas to admire, butter to churn and old fashioned games to play, says Woodlands manager Kirstie Alley. “The Fundays have become an absolute regular event for Woodlands, and it’s great to see families coming

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News

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Welcome MacSmith’s Tires – and its minions

You might have noticed MacSmith’s Tires – and their minions – turning up on Gordonton Rd.  We talk to Jason Heather-Smith about his new enterprise – and what drives him. When did you move to Gordonton? I shifted to Gordonton in early January 2018 from Mt Maunganui – which was where I called home for

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Taupiri

Meet the candidates

N8N presents  profiles on candidates for the upcoming local body elections.   Candidates were asked to answer the same questions and return their answers by 10am Monday 2 September.  These are shown in the order N8N received them.  Q & A with Allan Sanson, who is standing for Mayor of Waikato District Council. What is your

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computer

The perils of online advertising

Computer colmnist Matt Bentley looks at why you shouldn’t advertise online (with non-local giant faceless corporations…) There’s a lot of problems with the internet. One of those problems is how difficult it is to advertise online. So much of the web is funded by advertising that it’s hard to get away from it – unless

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Arrests made in Gordonton ram-raid

  The news was almost unbelievable – another break in at the Gordonton Superette, just days after a previous one. This time it was different.  Dairy owner Sushant Rajan, up in the night to check on his sick daughter, spotted two suspicious cars at 2.20am.  Acting on instinct, wife Bharati called the police.  Soon after

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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

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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

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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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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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