Local Characters

Merry merry!

Dec 24th, 2013 | By

Hope you had the merriest of Christmases, and here’s to a superb New Year.  As you can see, Osborne has plenty to chew on to keep him out of mischief, but he’ll be back yarning before you know it. Speaking of pukekos, we have two nests along our driveway, and the chicks – little black

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Gordonton – the opera

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

One from the vaults – Number 8 Network’s Annette Taylor spent a day talking to folk in and around Gordonton for a special feature in the Waikato Times. Photographer Donna Walsh accompanied her and the piece ran in August 2009. Here it is again, with some extra comments as well.   SECONDS AFTER Donna Walsh

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The birdman of Gordonton

Aug 26th, 2013 | By

BILL SMITH has a bittern in his backyard. Found in a paddock near Te Kauwhata, it had had the end of its wing shot off and was unable to fly. It’s the third bittern Bill has treated at his Gordonton property, where he operates a bird rescue operation. Bitterns are nationally endangered; the population is

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Osborne and the Olympics

Aug 14th, 2012 | By

Osborne has clearly been watching too much telly of late… (From the pen of Daniel Mills, illustrator, graphic artist and general clever boots.)



Local cook book hot off the press

Jul 5th, 2012 | By

It’s a cook book for kids with a definite family flavour. Horsham Down’s Claudia Aalderink and daughter Isa have produced What’s Cooking, a cookbook packed with mouth watering photography and recipes to match. It started, says Claudia, as a Wintec Media Arts project, the final one for her degree. “And I knew I wanted to

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Loving the Firepot

Jun 11th, 2012 | By

After a hard day’s work Kylie Gunter likes nothing better than comfort food. Kylie is head chef at Gordonton’s Fireport Cafe and says after 10 or so hours in the kitchen she’s not that keen on cooking at home. “Usually my partner makes dinner, otherwise I’ll make comfort food; toasties are great.” From Whakatane originally,

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