Out & About

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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Settling in after Afghanistan

Apr 28th, 2014 | By

By Ciaran Warner The new principal of Gordonton’s very own Eastwest College says it is a privilege to be taking over the role. Martin Campbell, along with wife Joyce, was appointed to the position in March, and the two are positively delighted to have become both a part of the college and the community. Eastwest

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Rod steps down

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

“Drainage can bring out the worst in people. It’s just a fact of life,” says Rod Wise, and he should know. After more than 40 years serving on the drainage board committee for the region, he attended his last meeting on Friday 28 March. “Everybody had a different idea on how to drain the peat.

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The wasp killer

Apr 7th, 2014 | By

There’s plenty of killing going on at Pukemokemoke Reserve, and the more the better, according to Keith Holborow. For the last six weeks, the retired engineer/science teacher has driven from Hamilton to hunt out and destroy wasp nests. In this case, the target is the German wasp, Vespula germanica. “The New Zealand bush is full

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Eighty grand years for Gordonton’s Church

Feb 17th, 2014 | By

It’s birthday time for St Mary’s as the Church enters its 80th year.  Number 8 Network’s Iris Riddell talks with Rev David about the early days. There’s much to celebrate. The beautiful old double-brick structure was built in 1934, when the local Maori population started gathering funds for the church, aided by Gordonton’s Anglican congregation.

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Christmas cheer at market

Dec 16th, 2013 | By

The Christmas market – words fail at its splendidness, so here is photographic proof from the camera of Number 8 Network.  Well done Gordonton Country Market team, it’s been an excellent year for all. See you back in January! Everyone was in festive mood – We gardeners three – Cards and treats and much more

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