The Gordonton District Committee meets around five times per year in the Gordonton Hall.
It was formed in 1991 by amalgamating all the other committees in Gordonton such as the Domain Committee, the Hukanui Park Committee, the Gordonton Beautifying Society and the Hall Committee.
The first chairman, Rod Wise, served for 10 years before handing over to John Bridgman who was in the role 15 years. The current chairman is Richard Riddell.
“The committee is answerable to Waikato District Council. But it is very important that many community issues are solved by the community ourselves and not have to go to Council all the time. The meetings create less red tape. It listens and acts on behalf of the community,” says Richard.
Chairman Richard Riddell
Except for a short stint overseas, Richard Riddell has lived all his life in Gordonton. He loves village life, and wants to achieve good outcomes for the area. He is the fourth generation of the Riddell family to serve on the local hall committee.
“I am here to listen to community concerns and take these concerns to a meeting where we can decide on how to help. Gordonton has a real small rural community feel where everyone knows everybody. Yet you have the advantage of not being far from the city.”
Richard has been married to Sally-Ann for 25 years and the couple have three children.
Vice chairperson: Anthony Rigter
Secretary: Nicole Mayall
Treasurer Shona Day
Shona and husband Glen live on Whitikahu Rd, Gordonton, with their children, Ella, Caitlyn and Blake.
“We have lived in Gordonton for 15 years and have loved being part of the close-knit Gordonton community. We have made many friends through being involved in various events, particularily with Gordonton School. I play tennis at the Gordonton Tennis Club and have enjoyed many battles on our courts! We lead a very busy life, juggling work and kids with both Glen and I being self-employed. Glen is a home-kill butcher and I have a business selling medical alarms.”
Commitee members: John Bridgman, Lorraine Stobie, Gayle Pearson, John Wolff, Michael Grayson
For information about Gordonton Hall, phone B Stobie, 07 824 3450.