The Word from Wairere

Jul 22nd, 2019 | By

There is still time to prune those roses, says Lloyd from Wairere Nursery. “So long as it’s done before bud burst then all will be sweet.” Always prune in fine weather, and during a fine period as roses are vulnerable to Silver Leaf disease, a fungal infection whose spores are carried in the rain and

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Beef cheeks by golly

Jul 16th, 2019 | By
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A lesser-known cut makes classic winter comfort food, says Kate Wilson from Prof’s @ Woodlands Cafe.  She writes about juicy, tender slow-cooked beef cheeks in the current issue of Home Range magazine.  We also welcome Kate as our new food writer at Number 8 Network – here’s to some great cooking stories! Comfort food has

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Apply now for warmer home grant

Jul 11th, 2019 | By
Home fire

The Government’s Warmer Kiwi Homes Programme is offering grants for insulation and heaters to low income owner occupied homes, says Waikato District Council. The grants cover two‐thirds of the cost of installing insulation. Grants for approved heaters (efficient heat pumps, wood burners and pellet burners) are capped at a maximum of $2500. To be eligible

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Home Range magazine on its way!

Jul 8th, 2019 | By
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Yahoo!  Home Range magazine is hitting rural letterboxes this week. The 24-page, full colour publication is packed full of local stories from Gordonton, Puketaha, Orini and Horsham Downs. This issue has a lot of alpacas in it, with a feature on Dave Blom from Cornerstone Alpaca Stud and what brought him and his family from

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Jul 2nd, 2019 | By

OVER the past year or so David Riddell has been trapping rats in his Gordonton garden, and slowly getting to grips with the tricky business of rat identification. He shares what he’s learned with N8N readers. In the last year or so I’ve taken up a new hobby – rat catching.  I’ve always done a

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Bob Dawson – a good sort

Jul 1st, 2019 | By
Men working at Pukemokemoke

“Horsham Downs farmer Bob Dawson…. was a community minded man who put more in than he took out” – writes Charles Riddle in the Waikato Times. For about 10 years the 86-year-old volunteered at the bush reserve, and was a long-serving JP, a voluntary chaplain’s assistant at Waikato Hospital,  and a stalwart (and sometime president)

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