Local Characters

Artist on the move

Mar 5th, 2015 | By

Local artist Lynne Sinclair Taylor is packing up her brushes and paint and readying herself for new adventures.  She talks to Annette Taylor about art and life. A professional artist for 20 years, Lynne has lived and kept a studio on Puketaha Rd for 5 ½ years now, but says it’s time to move on.

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Andrew and Zealong – the perfect mix

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By
Zealong Tea Estate's Andrew Hatfield

ANDREW HATFIELD has a bloomin’ marvellous job. Over a perfect cup of tea he talks to Annette Taylor about being the gardener at the Zealong Tea Estate. As gardener/handyman/go-to-man, he does anything needing doing on the estate in Gordonton. “A bit of sweeping here, a bit of tidying there – this morning I glued down

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Farewell to a man of principles

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By

Bill Waring passed away recently. Many in the district will know his name – he spent his life working in the meat industry – as did his father and grandfather before him.  He was a man of principles, says Waikato Times’ obituary writer Roy Burke. BILL WARING was a doyen of Waikato meat retailers. He

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The lawn mowing gang

Sep 15th, 2014 | By

Contry living  is great, says Claudia Aalderink.  The space, the beauty, the peaceful environment… Back in Holland we lived on a 200 square metre section and of that 6 square metres was our lawn. Mowing the lawn meant twice back and forth with the push mower and that was it. One of the downsides of

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Farewell to a legend

Aug 25th, 2014 | By

A Gordonton legend has passed away.  Petrus (Peter) Blank, grower of organic veges and gentleman, died on Monday 18 August, surrounded by family. Dressed in his bib overalls, the Dutchman was a regular sight, tending his garden in all weather.  With wife Shirley, he sold vegetables from his property on Gordonton Rd since 1977. Signs

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Meeting the locals

Aug 20th, 2014 | By

Claudia Aalderink finds stopping at local stalls to be the best way to shop.  When driving through the countryside you see signs selling eggs, flowers, mandarins, herbs, honey, all for low prices. It’s a great way to support local growers in their effort to share their home-grown produce. With honesty boxes for payment at the

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