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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The Waikato’s own Dad’s Army

Aug 3rd, 2015 | By

Gordonton was all ready for invasion during World War II, thanks to our very own Home Guard. In memory of Lex Riddell, who passed away last week, we republish his article from the Auckland – Waikato Historical Journal of 1980.   Hard and happy days with ‘Dad’s army’ A rural company of the Home Guard

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Harvesting the turnips 88 years ago

Jul 6th, 2015 | By

“A splendid crop of turnips grown on peat land at Mr A W Chapman’s farm on Piako Rd, Gordonton.” This splendid photograph was taken by F G Watson, and featured in the New Zealand Herald on April 12 1927 under the heading Productivity of the Peat Lands of the Waikato. Thanks to Kate Monahan Riddell

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