N8N is 10!

Our first birthday party, Osborne the pook with Marley our office cat. Art by Dan Mills.

We are ten years old tomorrow – happy birthday to us!

The first story on Number 8 Network was posted on June 3 2011, written by my daughter and N8N co-creator Iris Riddell.  She talked to Claudia Aalderink about her Wintec photography assignment at Horsham Downs School.

These days Claudia operates The Mandarin Tree in Gordonton – and we covered the opening of that in the Village, too!

In the last ten years we’ve talked to a lot of folk, been to many a local event, fundraiser, bat watching evening or gumboot party, and made many good friends.  There’s never been a dull moment and there are so many people doing great things here abouts.

Thank you all for being part of this.

N8N is just me – Annette – and it runs on the sniff of an oily rag and support from the Gordonton District Committee.  We have survived technical problems, updating the site headaches and last year, we got hacked, along with almost a million other WordPress sites.  I will admit I almost gave it up then, it was very disheartening – but we fixed it, hung in there and are still going strong.  In fact, a bunch of fluffy ducks.

So happy birthday to all of us.

Got any stories you want shared?  Get in touch!



Photo of first n8n story

And now, a stroll down memory lane.

Gordonton’s Chris Smith painted the Wall of Fame on what is now the wall outside the dairy. Here he is fast at work. Picture: Kent Blechynden



Special mention to Pukemokemoke’s best friend Alan Leadley who received the Order of the Sickle for his outstanding work, not long before he passed away.  Photo Bryce McGuillan.



Vicar David with friends at St Mary’s Church


Photo of David Smithson


Global Vets are all ready during the Covid lockdown!


Photo of Global Vets Gordonton


Warm smiles from Sushant and Bharati Rajan at the Gordonton Superette


Photo of Gordonton Superette


Prof’s Kate Wilson, left, admires her culinary handiwork.  Annette Taylor wonders how soon she can get eating


Annette and Kate


The lovely Keith Jellyman passed away in 2019




And in memory of our dear Bussy


Photo of Bussy Ngataki


and Betty


Betty Anderson


We do remember them, each and every one


Gordonton Anzac service


Smiles from Alpaca David with friend, from Cornerstone Alpacas


Cornerstone Alpaca Stud



The Gordonton Country Market is officially opened by John Bridgman and Cilla Henry.


Market opens


Peter Brown at the first market – “The weather even behaved itself!”

Iris Riddell face painting at the market



See, there’s so many great photos and people around here.   How about this great bunch of yellow daffs from Ian Riddell, at Clandon Daffodils!


Ian Riddell

And finally, because how could we not, here is that photo right from the start. Cheers!


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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.

6 thoughts on “N8N is 10!

  • June 2, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Happy First Decade Birthday N8N!
    Thank you Annette for all the mahi involved in keeping us informed and entertained and amused. Its a privilege to be a member of this great community and you make it better.

    • June 2, 2021 at 9:25 am

      Thank you Valerie – always a joy to hear from you, some lovely stories from you over the years! Stay warm!

  • June 2, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Congratulations! It can be daunting sometimes but there are always stories out there. All it needs is some one with an enquiring mind and a camera! Here’s to 10 more years.

    • June 2, 2021 at 10:09 am

      Thank you Helen and great to hear from you! Story gathering is a joy, the daunting aspect is the technical side of website management! That can be very vexing indeed. But not on a beautiful day as we have in the Waikato today, it will be lovely once the fog lifts! All the best to you!

  • June 2, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Oh many, many congratulations Annette and N8N. You’ve done great things in that decade. It ain’t easy being a storyteller,
    From one who knows 🙂

    • June 2, 2021 at 10:10 am

      Thank you so much, dear Pip and Tamahere Forum – wouldn’t be here without you! And you’re so right, it sure ain’t easy being a storyteller, or a website minder, cheers for all your support and help and cups of tea in front of Stan. You rock and roll. See you soon!


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