Puketaha centenary draws close

Sep 8th, 2016 | By
Puketaha school

Puketaha School celebrates its centenary on Friday September 23 and Saturday 24.  The weekend will include games from throughout the 100 years of history, tree planting and a formal dinner. In the lead-up to the event, pupils have been learning about the old days, says deputy principal Katherine Dixon. Senior pupils have interviewed past pupils,

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Gordonton flashback

May 27th, 2016 | By
Gordonton Village

My, how we’ve changed.  Check out this photo of Gordonton Village from the 1970s, sent in by the inimitable Perry Rice from Hamilton Central Libraries. This is looking at where The Mandarin Tree and Global Veterinary Services now reside.  I’m unreliably informed that the building on the right may have been a butcher’s shop at

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Dance of the tractors in Morrinsville

Mar 14th, 2016 | By
Vintage tractor

There were more rustic old tractors, stationary engines and farm equipment than you could point a stick at the Vintage Tractor & Machinery Memorabilia Weekend in Morrinsville.  Number 8 Network’s Annette Taylor filled her thermos, packed her sandwiches and took off to the event organised by the Waikato Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club. There was

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Happy centenary Horsham Downs

Feb 11th, 2016 | By

Horsham Downs Primary School turns 100 this year. A weekend of celebration is planned to mark the milestone, and one of its oldest students plans to attend. Number 8 Network’s Annette Taylor talks to Dawn Gage-Brown, who started at the rural school in 1937. These days Dawn Gage-Brown spends much of her time knitting at

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Cycling adventures – tally ho!

Nov 4th, 2015 | By

We’re just back from a bicycle tour in the South Island, cycling along the country roads of Canterbury. Lycra and gears were shunned for vintage, one-speed bikes, with riders decked out in an eclectic mix of Victorian outfits. David and I are now members of the Oamaru Ordinary Cycle Club, who have been holding such

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Any gnomes at home?

Oct 29th, 2015 | By

Freshwater ecologist Ian Duggan’s latest publication is a slight departure from science topics. Annette Taylor takes a journey down a historical garden path. When asked how he came to write a paper on garden gnomes, Dr Ian Duggan says it was because of his children. A senior lecturer at Waikato University, Ian’s speciality is invasion

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