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Summer ice bowl a stunner

Jan 25th, 2018 | By

  This hot weather is perfect for culinary magic – try serving a summer fruit salad in one of these stunners.  I came across the idea years ago. Ice bowls are magical things; the best blooms of summer – roses, marigolds, pansies and violets – frozen within a sparkling bowl of ice. The first step

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Santa goes to school

Dec 15th, 2017 | By
Santa visits Whitikahu School

Santa visited Whitikahu School yesterday. He did!  We have photographic proof.   He arrived in a sparkly magical vehicle, wearing his famous red suit, Redbands and a big grin…   …which was hard to see under the beard.  Then it was time to get to line up.         Yuletide treats were distributed…

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Christmas at Woodlands

Dec 15th, 2017 | By
Woodlands Christmas

Number 8 Network got into the festive spirit and took a stroll around the Christmas-decorated historic Woodlands Homestead.  Here are the results.                                       Woodlands says a big thank you to the little elves who helped decorate the

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Our silage snowman!

Dec 11th, 2017 | By

THIS silage bale snowman with road cone nose turned up on the corner of Woodlands Rd and Garfield St yesterday. Investigative work by Number 8 Network reveals he is the creation of local business Grain & Food Ltd who say they want to bring some Christmas cheer to the local community. “We hope everyone is

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Gordonton turns it all on for garden ramble

Dec 11th, 2017 | By
St Mary's Decorated heritage church

How can one possibly describe the fabulousness of Gordonton Christmas Ramble?  Thank goodness for cameras. Saturday’s fundraiser was organised by St Mary’s Church to raise money to build a new church hall. N8N had a splendid time strolling through picture perfect gardens, chatting with gardeners and visitors alike.     Fermanagh Gardens began as dairy

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New horizons exhibition at the Mandarin Tree

Dec 4th, 2017 | By
Sylvia Sinel

A new exhibition launches at The Mandarin Tree this week. New Horizons features the work of mixed media artist Sylvia Sinel.  Everything and anything can inspire her to new ideas, she tells N8N’s Annette Taylor. How long have you been working on the exhibition? We moved to the countryside to Ngahinapouri in June and it has

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