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Mac or PC – to buy or not to buy

Jun 28th, 2019 | By

Should I invest in a Mac? Computer columnist Matt Bentley has a think. Recently Apple made a bit of stir by releasing a $5000USD computer screen, then charging an extra $1000USD for the stand that the monitor required to stay upright. The cynic in me thinks this is probably just a marketing stunt – they

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Bird survey starts soon!

Jun 18th, 2019 | By
Bird watching

Update – this year we saw: Mallard 4, Pukeko 10, Harrier 2, Spur-wing Plover 1, Rosella 4, Kingfisher 1, Welcome Swallow 3, Silvereye 6, Grey Warbler 1, Fantail 2, Blackbird 3, Thrush 1, Myna 3, Starling 6, Yellowhammer 1, Goldfinch 3, Greenfinch 1, Chaffinch 1, House Sparrow 11, Magpie 2 The 2019 Garden Bird Survey

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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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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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