Out & About

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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Of oak trees, bullocks and Brylcreem

May 22nd, 2014 | By

John Bridgman has worn many hats over the last six decades. Dairy farmer, contractor, committee member, spud grower extraordinaire – he talks with Annette Taylor about a life well lived in Gordonton. “They’ve shortened the days, haven’t they?” John replies to my question asking if there’s anything he misses from the old days. “We worked

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