Pick of the crop

Gordonton’s Zealong Tea Estate has been visited by royalty –  King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u of Tonga were shown around the estate and then treated to a five-course meal.  The royal couple were gifted some premium New Zealand-grown tea to take with them.


Zealong tea


A visitor to Cornerstone Alpacas fell in love with Tairua, one of their stars.  (‘You can put her down now.’ ‘But I want to keep her!’)


Cornerstone Alpacas


We rather liked this coffee art from the Firepot Cafe recently –


Firepot coffee


Fun is being had at Orini Combined School.  Room 1 has been learning about 3D attributes. Amazing objects have been created from 3 D boxes and tubes.


Orini Combined School


Number 8 Network have been out and about – we visited slightly sunny Whanganui and managed to get in a spot of bird watching.  Not many people know that just out of the city is a small population of Nankeen Night Herons.  We’ve looked for these elusive birds before, and this time, we found ’em!


Nankeen night heron



And spotted out our window this morning –




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Number 8 Network - a community website for the rural areas northeast of Hamilton, NZ, is run by Gordonton journalist/editor Annette Taylor.

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