Home Range

From Gordonton to Oxford and back

Nov 11th, 2018 | By
Pare Hopa

The first Maori woman to gain a PhD – from Oxford, no less – began her educational journey at Gordonton School 78 years ago. Dr Ngapare Hopa still lives in her parent’s house, in the middle of Gordonton village.  She featured recently in Home Range magazine. She has headed Auckland University’s Maori Studies Department, worked

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Working hard in 1909

Nov 5th, 2018 | By
Bullocks

  Albert Chapman subdividing the land along Piako Rd, 1909.  This photo, from Gordonton’s John Bridgman, is the second in a sequence taken by roaming photographer SC Smith. In the background are the original Bridgman farmouse and stables.  Hamilton City Libraries librarian Perry Rice said the heritage section has many other SC Smith photos in

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‘Within 12 minutes it was gone’

Oct 30th, 2018 | By
Home Range magazine

In just two minutes, Courtney and Daniel Thomas’s house on Woodlands Rd, Gordonton, was thick with black smoke. Within 12 minutes it was gone.  They talked with Annette Taylor for Home Range magazine last year. THE COUPLE’S daughter Addilynn, 13 months old, was sleeping inside when the fire started. It was late afternoon, Friday 29

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New beat for Gordonton principal

Jul 23rd, 2018 | By
Keith

  The new principal at Gordonton School was a cop, rides an Indian Scout motorbike and played Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Keith O’Donnell takes time out of school to talk to Annette Taylor. This story featured in our first issue of community magazine Home Range.  Here it is for those who like things online!

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The seriously local quiz – answers!

Jun 18th, 2018 | By
President Park in Gordonton

Here are the answers to our very first local quiz in the very first issue of Home Range magazine! But first – a bonus question and answer.  Q: What does a giant kokopu look like? A:  Beautiful.   1. What head of state visited a dairy farm on Woodlands Rd in 1968 (and was assassinated

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We’re getting a newspaper!

Apr 3rd, 2018 | By
Annette and Iris n8n

A newspaper for our area.  Or maybe it’s a magazine.  Possibly a bit of both. Community website Number 8 Network is launching a publication to connect people in the community north-east of Hamilton including Gordonton, Puketaha, Horsham Downs, Orini and Tauhei. Editor Annette Taylor has been writing the stories of this area for the past

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