Local Characters

Of lists and shopping

Jul 28th, 2014 | By

We don’t think much about shopping lists, but to Claudia Aalderink they are windows to the soul… The Dictionary describes a list as ‘a number of connected items or names written or printed consecutively, typically one below the other.’ As human being we like working with lists because it gives us a guideline to execute certain ways

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Of oak trees, bullocks and Brylcreem

May 22nd, 2014 | By

John Bridgman has worn many hats over the last six decades. Dairy farmer, contractor, committee member, spud grower extraordinaire – he talks with Annette Taylor about a life well lived in Gordonton. “They’ve shortened the days, haven’t they?” John replies to my question asking if there’s anything he misses from the old days. “We worked

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Settling in after Afghanistan

Apr 28th, 2014 | By

By Ciaran Warner The new principal of Gordonton’s very own Eastwest College says it is a privilege to be taking over the role. Martin Campbell, along with wife Joyce, was appointed to the position in March, and the two are positively delighted to have become both a part of the college and the community. Eastwest

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Rod steps down

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

“Drainage can bring out the worst in people. It’s just a fact of life,” says Rod Wise, and he should know. After more than 40 years serving on the drainage board committee for the region, he attended his last meeting on Friday 28 March. “Everybody had a different idea on how to drain the peat.

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Behind the scenes at the Market

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

Number 8 Network’s Annette Taylor catches up with Gayle Pearson to find out more about the folk who put together the monthly markets. GAYLE PEARSON is not a morning person. Oh no, the Gordonton Country Market stallholder wrangler says – “don’t talk to me, don’t turn the radio on… I can’t even think in the

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The wasp killer

Apr 7th, 2014 | By

There’s plenty of killing going on at Pukemokemoke Reserve, and the more the better, according to Keith Holborow. For the last six weeks, the retired engineer/science teacher has driven from Hamilton to hunt out and destroy wasp nests. In this case, the target is the German wasp, Vespula germanica. “The New Zealand bush is full

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