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Whitikahu calls Fukushima

Mar 9th, 2018 | By
Whitikahu Japan

Whitikahu Primary, NZ, meet Odaka Elementary, Japan. In the first of its kind, a video chat was held for students from both countries last Friday. The idea had been mooted around Christmas – Iris Riddell, born and raised in Gordonton, teaches English at Odaka, in Fukushima Prefecture, just 16km from the disabled Fukushima Nuclear Power

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Waikato Show seeks culinary creations

Mar 7th, 2018 | By
Fruit cake

The 110th Waikato Show gets underway next month, and they want not only cake but jam and preserves too!   Keeping up traditions of yesteryear, the Homegrown Harvest is seeking the finest examples of baking, pickling, preserving and bottling in the Waikato. Ralph Evans, acting general manager, says his weakness is fruit cake – and

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THINK arrives

Mar 7th, 2018 | By
Think retail shop

  A new shop has come to Gordonton. Nestled in the former Dairy Company, THINK will sell a range of homewares, fresh flowers and offer event management.  A collaboration between Michele Bishop and Maree Phillips, THINK opens this Wednesday, and celebrated with bubbles and canapes. Maree, who will be the ‘face’ of the shop, says

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New look and more at The Mandarin Tree

Mar 5th, 2018 | By
Claudia Aalderink

  There’s a new look at The Mandarin Tree, and a new exhibition about to get underway. Claudia Aalderink tells N8N’s Annette Taylor 2018 is a year full of opportunities.   Tell us about the exhibition. The first exhibition will be mine, focussing on beehive artwork and painting. It will be a Blue exhibition and

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The Write Stuff

Feb 14th, 2018 | By
Calligraphy tools

From her home studio in rural Gordonton Marian Riddell produces beautiful, eye-catching calligraphy.  She takes time out of a busy life to talk about her Art. Or is it Science? Possibly both, with a hint of magic…   How did you get started? My interest in calligraphy started in high school. I had taken a

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Artist’s wall of fame remembered

Feb 2nd, 2018 | By

  FROM THE VAULTS:  Gordonton artist Chris Smith painted his eye-catching, colourful Wall of Fame depicting life and the locals of Gordonton in 1999.  It created much comment and appreciation for at least 10 years, but was painted over when new tenants moved into the building.  Annette Taylor talked with him in 2014.   IT

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