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Bird survey starts soon!

Jun 18th, 2019 | By
Bird watching

  The 2019 Garden Bird Survey starts soon!  Get ready the binoculars, and sharpen those pencils for a lovely hour watching birds. This is the 13th year the project has been run and by taking part you’ll help build a picture of New Zealand’s common and widespread birds, as well as inform future conservation efforts. 

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Rain watch

Jun 13th, 2019 | By

Rain watchers Mike Taylor and David Riddell present their wet weather figures for keen followers of weather.   After a very dry late summer, April and May in Gordonton and Puketaha had more rain, though still below the monthly averages for this part of the world. Gordonton’s rainfall averages are 91mm for April and 108mm

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The Dirty Dog Challenge is back!

Jun 4th, 2019 | By
Running dog

The Dirty Dog Challenge is back – an event where dogs and their owners get to navigate their way through a mud-filled obstacle course in Ngaruawahia. If your dog loves running, climbing, water or mud – and you don’t mind getting a bit grubby – then come along, says Waikato District Council Animal Control Education

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Antivirus protection – who to trust

Jun 3rd, 2019 | By

Computer columnist Matt Bentley takes a look at antivirus protection. The things we do! The other day I was on the phone to Norton (also known as Symantec), an antivirus company, for a full 50 minutes. Every step of the way they tested our patience; they checked things that had already been checked, did things

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Reading with alpacas delights kids

May 23rd, 2019 | By

There were delighted squeals aplenty at Gordonton School yesterday as the junior classes joined a million kids to read the same book, here and in Australia. Better yet, after reading Alpacas with Maracas projected on the big screen, two VIPs came by the school – real life cuddly alpacas from the nearby Cornerstone Alpaca Stud.

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Home Range magazine underway

May 20th, 2019 | By
Home Range Summer

We’ve been a tad busy here at Number 8 Network. Over the last many weeks we’ve been running around compiling stories for the next issue of Home Range magazine. Launched last year by Number 8 Network, two issues – Summer and Winter – were delivered to about 3000 letterboxes in the Gordonton, Puketaha, Orini and

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