The Pakuru rose mystery

The Pakuru rose mystery

It’s not much a rose by any other name as a rose with no name. When Lorraine Flynn moved into her Pakuru St home in Te Awamutu 36 years ago the garden boasted six rose…

Top honours for Lisa 

She had visions of joining the police – but three years ago became a member of the Te Awamutu Volunteer Fire Brigade instead. Lisa Atkinson wouldn’t have it any other way today. “I love it,”…

One Black Friday… 

Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce chair Maria Heslop rates last week’s Black Friday event as a fantastic success. The top end of Alexandra St was closed off to enable entertainment to be set up in…

Supporting events: explaining our role 

About 30 years ago I helped organise sponsorship for what was then the richest football tournament in Waikato. We recruited sponsors and encouraged our Tokoroa club members to support the people who supported us. That…

Why we don’t …… and won’t vote

Local body politics isn’t sexy. It doesn’t have the presence of a Winston Peters, the charisma of a Jacinda Ardern, and local body “political editors” on TV news at six breathlessly reporting on the latest…

Eight days to go…

General elections involve a big build up and a queue at polling stations. Local body elections involve little fanfare. Papers arrive in your letterbox – some people vote straight away, others leave them around for…

We Say … Facts and fiction

This week I took the unusual step of challenging the comments made by an election candidate. Responding to our lead story last week explaining how Waipā District Council’s chief executive Garry Dyet had warned of…

Exclusive – Rimmington Returns

Ousted Waikato Regional Council chair Russ Rimmington is back on the hustings and is promising to have a team to challenge for seats. Rimmington, a former Hamilton mayor, was thought a year ago to have…

Māori on new roll

People on the Māori roll for general elections have been automatically switched to Māori ward rolls for October’s local body elections. But no one has thought to actually tell them. The decision impacts on 35…

Dental care strain emphasised

A new paper calling for a rethink of dental hygiene for children has been released days after The News revealed Te Awamutu’s Community Board had accused the Government of “subverting” science over fluoride use. The…