Happy Birthday Number 8 Network!

Osborne the pook is in party mode and has baked a cake for a very special N8N milestone. Marley the office cat thinks it needs more mice.

On a chill June morning in 2011 – one year ago exactly in fact – we posted our first story on this community website.

It was a chirpy little piece about local photographer Claudia Aalderink and her project to record life at Horsham Downs School.

Since then there have been, oh so many stories. And that’s your fault. So many of you are doing great things out there; how can we resist writing about it all.

We’ve had to largely teach ourselves how to run this website, with lashings of help from the stellar Philippa Stevenson of Tamahere Forum.

We’d like to charge our glasses and toast regular contributors history guy Perry Rice and art guy Daniel Mills.
And thanks to you, the readers. You’re why we’re here. Here’s to another awesome year – and keep sending those story ideas our way.

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7 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Number 8 Network!

  • June 5, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Happy Birthday N8N!!!
    Wow, has it been a year already? A very full year has past since that first, amazing, story.
    I wish you all the best for the future and hope you will bring us more exciting news from the region!

    Love, Claudia Aalderink

  • June 5, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Happy Birthday N8N. YOU have done a stellar job creating an engaging community news site. Congratulations. I look forward to another year of sisterly co-operation between our two Waikato sites and neighbourliness between our communities (across the great divide, aka Hamilton).

  • June 5, 2012 at 10:27 am

    A year already . . .
    Congratulations on excellent community reading!

  • June 7, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Happy birthday from Germany to a great idea and an always interesting newsletter!!!!We wish you neverending stories, ideas and energy!!!! We are always looking forward to your news from Gordonton and are busy and eager readers (but rare writers…)Good luck for your next year!!!! Mecki and Uli

  • June 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Congratulations and great timing as you join the celebrations over in England with the Queens 60th jubilee.

    Just for the record I think you are an amazing blessing for the Gordonton Community and those of us at St Mary’s who follow your blog think you are great!

    We are looking forward to holding our Art Deco Dance on the 23rd of this month and if any of your readers would like to come along and support our fund raiser we invite them to contact Sally Ann Riddell, Whitikahu Rd ph 07 824 3850 for a ticket.

    Many happy returns. Rev Rosemary Carey

  • June 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    N8N is blushing, many thanks for all the lovely comments to everyone! Note to self: must bake birthday cake.
    By the by, N8N will be at the Art Deco Dance, with our camera at the ready – see one and all there!


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