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Look and learn

An exhibition in Ōtorohanga invites viewers to do their own research. Ki te kapu o taku ringa  –  In the palm of my hand –  features wāhi mana or places of significance in the King…

Waitomo pulls plug

Waitomo will quit a Smart Water partnership it had with Hamilton city and Waipā district councils from the end of next January. It’s a financial decision, Waitomo CEO Ben Smit said. “Really we weren’t getting…

Tourism? Jim’ll fix it …

Waitomo Caves could be in line for a major – and free – international plug. Jimmy Donaldson, described as the world’s biggest You Tube star – is reportedly in New Zealand and followers believe a…

Mum’s plea for help

Police have played a trump card in efforts to find Marokopa dad Tom Phillips who has been missing with his three children for two and a half years. Despite the promise of $80,000 for information…

Gumboots and Fieldays

Youth mental health was in the spotlight at Fieldays which finished last Saturday. Advocate Mike King manned the Gumboot Friday stall to share awareness about New Zealand’s mental health track record, and how he’s helping….

Rural water schemes stay on the boil

Ōtorohanga’s rural water schemes will be deemed useable for stock only as a result of national water regulator Taumata Arowai requiring expensive upgrades. In a letter threatening enforcement action, the agency has given the district…

News ….. in brief

Volunteer awareness Te Awamutu Citizens’ Advice Bureau is observing Volunteer Awareness Week, which runs to Saturday, by celebrating the work of its team. “We’re a small team of 25 at the Te Awamutu CAB, and…

Ōtorohanga caravan park to close

A decision to close Ōtorohanga’s caravan park and holiday camp on June 30 has come as news to some residents. Ōtorohanga District Council said this week the lease expired a year ago, June 30, 2023….

That was Fieldays number 56…

The 56th edition of Fieldays wrapped up on Saturday with the traditional townies’ day. More than 1100 exhibitors and thousands of visitors spent four days at Mystery Creek in the Waipā district. Guests included prime…

When words are hard to find

Allison Surtees has good reason to look forward to a fortnightly trip from Te Awamutu to Hamilton. It’s there she joins with other members of the Waikato Kōrero Club – an organisation which supports her…

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