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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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Photo of Bill Darbyshire

Home Range magazine underway!

  The next issue of our local magazine is under construction. Over the last many weeks stories have been written and photos taken for the next issue of Home Range – due out early Summer. Launched last year, three issues of the magazine have been delivered to about 3000 rural letterboxes in the Gordonton, Puketaha,

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Voting papers on their way

  Waikato district voters will be able to cast their votes in the 2019 local council elections from Friday 20 September. Voting papers are being mailed to registered voters today (Thursday 19 September). Most of the district will start receiving their papers from tomorrow, with all papers expected to be delivered by Wednesday 25 September.

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Woodlands fundays

Pioneer Fundays 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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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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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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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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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

Photo of chocolate Moon cake

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

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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