Out & About

Chasing storms – from Horsham Downs to the American West

Aug 12th, 2019 | By
Photo of lightning

    “It’s an adrenalin rush, watching Mother Nature at her most spectacular yet dangerous state,” says Horsham Downs dairy farmer and serial storm chaser Jamie Haultain. “There’s nothing like it. The adrenalin has been pent up through the entire day and released over a couple of hours in the evening.” Jamie spent two weeks

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Gordonton School enjoys day at the Marae

Nov 6th, 2018 | By

Gordonton School visited Hukanui Marae recently.  Gordonton principal Keith O’Donnell said students and staff were welcomed onto the Marae with a full Powhiri.   The purpose of the visit was to strengthen ties between the Marae and the school and to bring the two communities closer together. There is some overlap in that relationship, he said.

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Struggling to find the words: inside Fukushima’s nuclear plant

Aug 21st, 2018 | By
Fukushima

Gordonton’s Iris Riddell toured inside the disabled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant recently. She shares the experience here.       “Your total radiation dose on this tour will be 0.01 millisieverts – about the equivalent of a dental x-ray.” That’s what we’d been told, barely 40 minutes earlier. I tried to keep that firmly in

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Huimai explores Pukemokemoke

Mar 22nd, 2018 | By
Pukemokemoke

Children and helpers from Huimai Playcentre had a great time exploring the bush and critters at Pukemokemoke Reserve recently. The budding biologists completed a treasure hunt, spotting intricate spider webs, cicada shells, birds and trees along the way.   And of course there was time to take time out and have a breather in the

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Fixing the broken spaces

Dec 5th, 2017 | By

  Iris Riddell, born and bred in Gordonton, now teaches English in Minamisoma, Japan, just 25km away from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Not long after arriving, she joined a volunteer group who every month help clean up the ‘broken spaces’ – the gardens and sections of people forced to abandon their homes

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Fukushima: through the Exclusion Zone

Oct 16th, 2017 | By
Abandoned home

On one of the last evenings of our time in Japan we drove along the highway that runs through the Exclusion Zone around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. We were staying in Minamisoma with our daughter Iris who is teaching English at a local school.  Just 25km to the south lies the crippled nuclear

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