Local Characters

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. Meet Dr Ngapare Hopa.

Tea cheers for Harold

May 28th, 2018 | By
Harold Nielsen

Many people may already know Zealong Tea Estate’s origins – the story of how New Zealand’s only commercial tea estate all started with a Camellia tree flourishing in a neighbour’s backyard. That single tree was the inspiration for founder Vincent Chen to try growing tea in the Waikato. “In fact, the neighbour, Harold Nielsen, became

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Farewell Mayoress Betty

Mar 19th, 2018 | By
Betty Anderson

  Betty Anderson, sponge maker extraordinaire, toilet cleaning champion and friend to many, was farewelled in Gordonton recently. Fittingly, the memorial service was in the hall, and the New Zealand flag flown at half-mast.  John Bridgman, former Gordonton District Committee chairman, said every community has a sponge cake maker for functions – “Betty was our

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Dishing it up at Prof’s

Feb 26th, 2018 | By
Kate Wilson

Chilli garlic prawns are perfect on the barbie. Meet Kate Wilson who has taken over the cafe at Woodlands and created Prof’s Cafe in Gordonton.

The Write Stuff

Feb 14th, 2018 | By
Calligraphy tools

From her home studio in rural Gordonton Marian Riddell produces beautiful, eye-catching calligraphy.  She takes time out of a busy life to talk about her Art. Or is it Science? Possibly both, with a hint of magic…   How did you get started? My interest in calligraphy started in high school. I had taken a

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Artist’s wall of fame remembered

Feb 2nd, 2018 | By

  FROM THE VAULTS:  Gordonton artist Chris Smith painted his eye-catching, colourful Wall of Fame depicting life and the locals of Gordonton in 1999.  It created much comment and appreciation for at least 10 years, but was painted over when new tenants moved into the building.  Annette Taylor talked with him in 2014.   IT

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