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Fixing the broken spaces

Dec 5th, 2017 | By

  Iris Riddell, born and bred in Gordonton, now teaches English in Minamisoma, Japan, just 25km away from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Not long after arriving, she joined a volunteer group who every month help clean up the ‘broken spaces’ – the gardens and sections of people forced to abandon their homes

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Summer magic

Dec 15th, 2014 | By

Iris Riddell explores the magical properties of a little known herb. Ah, lemon verbena. In my humble opinion, this beautiful, fragrant herb is massively underrated. You can’t buy it in the supermarket, but young plants are easily acquired from nurseries and are hardy wee shrubs once they have a toe hold. For many years, a

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Anzac Day 2014

Apr 28th, 2014 | By

There was a strong turnout on Friday at Gordonton’s ANZAC Day service commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I. Number 8 Network’s Iris Riddell took these images of the special service.       If you would like a copy of a photo, email us here.  Thanks to those who organised the morning –

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Eighty grand years for Gordonton’s Church

Feb 17th, 2014 | By

It’s birthday time for St Mary’s as the Church enters its 80th year.  Number 8 Network’s Iris Riddell talks with Rev David about the early days. There’s much to celebrate. The beautiful old double-brick structure was built in 1934, when the local Maori population started gathering funds for the church, aided by Gordonton’s Anglican congregation.

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Go Gordonton!

Jun 10th, 2012 | By

The clock struck 9pm, and N8N snuck into Gordonton School Hall, where the PTA’s Mid-winter Masked Ball was pumping. Sidling up to folk, we secretly took lots of photos – click on the first picture for a rocking slideshow.  Which one is the principal? [portfolio_slideshow]    

Happy Birthday Number 8 Network!

Jun 3rd, 2012 | By

Osborne the pook is in party mode and has baked a cake for a very special N8N milestone. Marley the office cat thinks it needs more mice. On a chill June morning in 2011 – one year ago exactly in fact – we posted our first story on this community website. It was a chirpy

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