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Five die in crash Five people have died following a head-on crash on State Highway 3/Ōhaupō Road last night. Emergency services were called to the scene just before 4:45pm. Police say three occupants of one…

Council critic in fatal crash

When it came to local body matters, he was a gamekeeper turned poacher. James Parlane, who died in a two-vehicle crash near Ōhaupō last Friday, was a former lawyer and Waipā district councillor who frequently…

News ….. in brief

27 May 10.42am Police have named the man who died following a crash on SH3, Ōhaupō on Friday as James Charles Parlane, 61, of Te Awamutu. Parlane is a former Waipa councillor who stood unsucessfully…

Scammers hack invoices

Police are urging King Country people to check bank details provided on invoices they receive by email after an Ōtorohanga business lost $11,000 to a scam. Hackers gained access to the business’s computer systems and…

Burning ring of chilli fire

It’s a fine line between pleasure and pain, as the Divinyls’ song goes, but it’s a line Jim Thomassen gets a kick out of walking. Jim, 55, is a competitive chilli eater who will take…

Well known auctioneer mourned

A man described as an iconic stock agent, Alan Douglas (Hizzy) Hiscox died at his Taumarunui home on May 2. In a career stretching back to the 1970s, Alan became a top Central North Island…

Tight rein on farm data

Logan Dawson used data driven decision making to double dairy farm revenue. Dawson, who with his wife Sian was runner up in the 2024 Dairy Industry Association Awards Share Farmer of the Year Award, is…

Born to be a farmer

Nithmount Farm Cow 494 affectionately nuzzles 2024 New Zealand dairy trainee of the year Kirwyn Ellis. The encounter in a paddock on Hamish and Sharee Germann’s 130ha dairy farm – nestled between Mt Pirongia and…

Helping hand from church

Te Awamutu’s Zion Church is supporting the restoration of Kihikihi’s Alpha Community Centre with the donation of recycled building materials. Carpet, doors, kitchen units and toilet pans from the church’s former Racecourse Rd property have…

Guitarist picking for applause

A Hamilton-based guitar virtuoso, who was raised in Te Awamutu, knocked the socks off hundreds of Rotarians at the weekend. Seventeen-year-old Sean Lurman kicked off the entertainment segment of the weekend programme at the 2024…

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