Out & About

‘Biggest of all NZ spiders’ turns up in Gordonton

Mar 17th, 2020 | By

Golly gee, a banded tunnelweb, the biggest of all NZ spiders, dropped by to visit us on our firewood pile in Gordonton. 



Gordonton School enjoys day at the Marae

Nov 6th, 2018 | By

Gordonton School visits Hukanui Marae for a special day. A photo story.



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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