In other news…

Number 8 Network does a round-up of news and happenings from around our district in other media outlets.

The old school revisited
News from GordontonThe bike sheds are gone, as is the tennis court but the memories linger on. Former Gordonton Primary School pupil Peter Dornauf returns to the old school on Hukanui Park and shares his memories in the latest Waikato times. (Tuesday 1 March)

“As I approached them, I could see to my delight that the door to the classrooms were open. Entering was like stepping back in time. All the desks and chairs were gone, but everything else was the same…”

Read the story here.

First day approaches for new principal
Rototuna Senior High School has appointed Natasha Hemara as its first principal.

Ms Hemara is currently deputy director at Southern Cross Campus College in Mangere and is due to start at Rototuna in early April, says the Waikato Times.

“I’m looking forward to not being stuck in Auckland traffic,” she said.

“I’m from Whangarei, I’m from a smaller town … I really love that feel of knowing everyone and having connections.”

This will be her first time as principal and she said she knew it was the right fit after coming to see the junior high in action.

“The ‘stand at the front of the classroom, send knowledge out’ is no longer needed when we’ve got access to knowledge on phones instantly. We need our kids to be able to use that knowledge.”

Read the full interview here.

Tauhei accident not the first
Three people were taken to hospital after a car flipped on Tainui Rd, Tauhei on Tuesday, reports the Waikato Times.

The car lost control and then flipped into a paddock several metres from the road, said Huntly Constable Ken Smith. “Sometimes when you roll you don’t stop.”

Two police units, five fire trucks and three ambulances attended the scene. Smith said there had been a few crashes in the same area in the past.

Click here for the full story.

For earlier news about driving on rural roads, click this link. And take care out there.


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One thought on “In other news…

  • March 8, 2016 at 1:57 pm


    Funny how selective our various memories are. I remember Saturday morning issues, re clash of the codes and rehearsals in the Gordonton Public Hall. Peter Pan I believe, for all those with a budding interest in the arts. The two female teachers from the South [who went on to marry local farmers] pushing the arts, while the three male teachers [two who also settled locally] pushed for the weekend sports, and other youth activities. [CYC & Scouts] And how about that car with all it’s odd angles, that had a home down Gray Road.

    Good to see you made it back.

    Welcome back any MARKET DAY and you will get to meet more of this district’s identities.

    Alan SHARP.


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