Out & About

Watch out, kids about

Feb 3rd, 2015 | By

‘Watch out, kids about’, is the message for drivers from Waikato District Council and Police as school starts back. Increased traffic and pedestrian volumes around schools means drivers must be vigilant. Waikato district road safety co-ordinator Megan Jolly says “Children returning to school can be easily distracted by new surroundings or meeting up with friends. “They

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Gordonton farmer helping others

Feb 2nd, 2015 | By

Gordonton dairy farmer Graham Bowmar is one of five Waikato farmers taking part in a nationwide campaign to help farmers through a tough season. Tactics for Tight Times is a revival of a scheme run in the 2009-10 season when the payout fell following the Global Financial Crisis. It will provide a forum for farmers

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Water use restrictions

Jan 19th, 2015 | By

The hot, dry weather and high water demand has prompted the Waikato District and Hamilton City Councils to further restrict water use. The greater restriction – Alert Level 2 – means sprinklers and watering systems can only be used on alternate days (eg even street numbers on even days; odd street numbers on odd days)

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Andrew and Zealong – the perfect mix

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By
Zealong Tea Estate's Andrew Hatfield

ANDREW HATFIELD has a bloomin’ marvellous job. Over a perfect cup of tea he talks to Annette Taylor about being the gardener at the Zealong Tea Estate. As gardener/handyman/go-to-man, he does anything needing doing on the estate in Gordonton. “A bit of sweeping here, a bit of tidying there – this morning I glued down

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Farewell to a man of principles

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By

Bill Waring passed away recently. Many in the district will know his name – he spent his life working in the meat industry – as did his father and grandfather before him.  He was a man of principles, says Waikato Times’ obituary writer Roy Burke. BILL WARING was a doyen of Waikato meat retailers. He

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Farewell to a legend

Aug 25th, 2014 | By

A Gordonton legend has passed away.  Petrus (Peter) Blank, grower of organic veges and gentleman, died on Monday 18 August, surrounded by family. Dressed in his bib overalls, the Dutchman was a regular sight, tending his garden in all weather.  With wife Shirley, he sold vegetables from his property on Gordonton Rd since 1977. Signs

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