New website for district neighbours


Another community in the Waikato distict now has a dedicated website focusing on its local news, issues, events and features.

Number 8 Network was launched recently as an online hub for people living in and around Gordonton, Horsham Downs, Taupiri, Tauhei, Puketaha and other rural communities north-east of Hamilton.

Tamahere Forum, Tamahere’s digital hub since 2008, welcomes Number 8 Network and invites readers south of Hamilton to visit the Network to see what our northerly district neighbours are up to.

Recent reports on the Network include this one, Stars on the rise at Woodlands, which describes the fundraising talent quest, Woodlands Idol, held last Saturday, which raised more than $4000 for the Child Cancer Foundation and for the development and maintenance of the historic Woodlands Homestead.

An earlier story, Walkways solution for school traffic, drew parallels between a walkway completed at Horsham Downs 18 months ago and Tamahere’s recently opened Violet McKenzie walkway.

Number 8 Network is run by Gordonton mother and daughter journalists, Annette Taylor and Iris Riddell.

The only other known community-style website in the Waikato district is in Raglan, and is an arm of the local newspaper, the Raglan Chronicle.

Despite the opportunities for local communities to network, and share and discuss local news using the resources of the internet few appear to have taken it up by establishing community websites. The known few that have, like Motueka Online, are listed here in the Directory A-Z.

If you are aware of other regularly updated community websites email us to tell us about them. Thanks!

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