News …. in brief

i-Site grants

Te Awamutu and Cambridge i-Sites have been given grants of $30,000 each by Waipā District Council in the 2024-2025 financial year
to help recover from the loss of the council’s funding. The decision was made at the Enhanced Annual Plan hearings today (Tuesday)

Memorial service

Former Waipā District councillor Alan Empson died this month in Auckland. A private family service has been held but there will be a public memorial held at Te Awamutu’s St John’s Church, Arawata St, on Friday, starting at 1.30pm.

Valuation delay

Updated rating valuations for Waikato district will go to property owners next month. Revaluations were due to be
finalised this month, but the Office of the Valuer General says Quotable Value should take more time. The new values will be based on the
most likely selling price if the property had sold on October 1 last year, the valuation date, and will be used to
help inform rates for the next rating year.

Boat show

A new event catering for boating and fishing enthusiasts will be held at Mystery Creek Events Centre in late August. The expo will feature exhibits and activities highlighting various aspects of the marine community.


15 May

Fluoride in

A recommendation by the Te Awamutu and Kihikihi Community to pause the fluoridation of Cambridge’s water supply failed by 7-5 at Waipā’s Service Delivery committee this week. Clare St Pierre, Andrew Brown, Liz Stolwyk, Susan O’Regan, Lou Brown, Mike Montgomerie and Bruce Thomas opposed it while Mike Pettit, Roger Gordon, Dale-Maree Morgan, Philip Coles and Hinerangi Kara were in favour.

During the meeting, Pettit suggested the Cambridge community should get involved in the fluoride debate.

He said he was surprised the Cambridge community had not said much.

Board chair Jo Davies-Colley said the board understood that people had very serious thoughts, some for, and some against, the fluoridation of the Cambridge town water supply.

“We acknowledge that there is complex scientific debate underpinning this issue and at this stage, consider that this level of advocacy to central government is beyond our purview,” she said.

Montgomerie, a member of the board and district councillor, said territorial authorities were not the place for debate about fluoride.

“For me it isn’t a local community issue. (It is) a complex scientific debate best handled at director general level. I don’t think we should be engaging.”

New growth

Work has started on a new wastewater pump station in Te Awamutu’s Pekerau Reserve to meet current levels of service and increasing demand and support new growth in the area. The pump station will connect the neighbouring areas to the south of Cambridge Road to the main wastewater network. Construction is expected to be completed by August.

Library patrons

Te Awamutu Library signed up 258 and now has 17,420 patrons, figures released to Waipā District Council’s Service Delivery committee this week show. With three months of the financial year to go, Cambridge has issued 230,141 books and Te Awamutu 123,320. The busiest month in each library was July.

Potholes fixed

More than 1750 potholes were repaired in seven months around the Waipā district by the council’s new roading contractor. Downer picked up the $30 million contract in September to maintain the district’s roads for three years and wasted no time on taking to the potholes. Making good use of the weather, the company patched 358 from January through to March. Another 655m of footpaths in Te Awamutu have been renewed.

Waikeria investment

Taranaki-King Country MP Barbara Kuriger says a $1.9 billion investment delivering 810 beds to Waikeria Prison will ensure there is capacity to deliver stronger sentencing for criminals. The beds are in addition to the 600 already nearing completion.

Future unclear

The future of Te Awamutu’s i-Site is still unclear months after Waipā District Council announced it would not fund its operations from July 1. This despite Destination Cambridge announcing this week it had secured funding for its i-Site operations from two tourism operators.

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