News

Two big Lotto winners bought in Gordonton

“We decided Gordonton had a lucky ring to it, so we made a beeline there,” said the winner of a $1 million lotto ticket to a news reporter from the NZ Herald. The winning ticket was bought from the Gordonton Superette, run by Sushant and Bharati Rajan last week. This follows another $1 million win

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WEL Networks Lines down

Down means danger says Wel networks

WEL Networks’ latest public safety campaign highlights the potentially deadly outcome of not treating all fallen power lines as live. The local lines company is educating the public on the correct action to take in the event of a fallen power line – particularly as a result of a car accident. WEL’s First Response Faults

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Waikato deputy mayor says farewell

Dynes Fulton has never wanted to make claims about his achievements, but 15 years’ service to the Waikato district deserves some recognition.  This story first ran in N8N’s community magazine Home Range. He’s been called the voice of reason at Waikato District Council. Now, after 15 years—nine of them as deputy mayor—Dynes Fulton is stepping

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Freeware to the rescue!

Computer colmnist Matt Bentley shares some of his favourite bits from the freeware world. It occurred to me today that the number of additional pieces of software I use in Windows is quite staggering. I rarely, if ever, use the built-in Windows apps (asides from maybe Calculator), as there’s almost always something better in the

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Lord Black

Funday photos

Hundreds of people attended the Pioneer Fundays at Woodlands last week. Here are just a few photos snapped over the three days. Alan Manning gave many rides on his replica Oldsmobile –     Bronwyn Darbyshire demonstrates the process of separating cream from milk to calligrapher Marian Riddell.       Marian with two keen

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Superette robbery

Superette held up at knife point

  The Gordonton Superette has been held up at knife point – the third time it’s been hit in two months, says the Waikato Times. Police were called to the store on Gordonton Rd at 1.19pm on Sunday following reports of four people robbing the store with a knife. They stole some cigarettes before fleeing the scene.

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Home Range

Photo of Dynes Fulton

Waikato deputy mayor says farewell

Dynes Fulton has never wanted to make claims about his achievements, but 15 years’ service to the Waikato district deserves some recognition.  This story first ran in N8N’s community magazine Home Range. He’s been called the voice of reason at Waikato District Council. Now, after 15 years—nine of them as deputy mayor—Dynes Fulton is stepping

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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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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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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

Phot of Alan and Ruth Manning

Memories of Komakorau School

  Seventy or more years ago, Alan Manning, got into a spot of bother at Komakorau School.  He told the tale to Home Range magazine.  Along with two other boys, Alan decided to brighten up the girls’ drinking fountain. “We filled the bowl with dirt and planted some daisies. Our teacher, Mr Broadbent, was very

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Historic photo of Waikato Times

Waikato Times in the 1930s

  ANOTHER good thing from the past – this from Alan Manning, a founding member of the Waikato Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club.   Alan’s grandfather Arthur worked at the Waikato Times as a printing machinist from the early 1900s.  He returned to his job after serving in the first World War, and stayed until

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