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Sanctuary Mountain’s big day

About 100 supporters, sponsors and iwi marked the opening of Sanctuary Mountain’s new education centre this morning. Manu Korokii Education Centre has been 20 years in the making and opens a new chapter in teaching…

Museum gems protected

Most objects in Te Awamutu Museum’s collection are safe in climate-controlled storage following the sudden decision to evacuate the museum’s Roche Street building three months ago. Uenuku, a taonga of Tainui and the most valuable…

Storm: how our mayor prepared

Susan O’Regan was only days into her new job as Waipā mayor late last year when she sought a briefing with the council’s Emergency Management team. “There were a handful of things that were very…

United it stands…

A century after a community campaign  saw the establishment of Anzac Green in Te Awamutu, the same spirit is alive and well as plans proceed to save its flagpole. The Green, originally the Memorial Triangle,…

Helping our neighbours

Waipā staff came to the rescue of southern neighbours Waitomo during the Anniversary Weekend storms which pummelled the upper North Island. Little damage was reported in Waipā district itself where the stormwater system was able…

News Briefs ……..

The St Andrew’s Craft and Collectable Fair on Anniversary Day Monday went ahead despite the inclement weather and was a success, said organiser Ian Dunn. Thirty stallholders from Auckland decided to cancel because of flooding…

New Kihikihi playground to open in May

Kihikihi is on the countdown towards a brand new playground…plus a spruce up of an old one. Work to completely revamp John Rochfort Park on the corner of Hall and Bryce Streets will begin this…

Maps and mapping

E te Tau 2022, ō mate, ō piki me ō heke, haere rā!  E te Tau 2023 me tō pitomata, haere mai! We’ve farewelled 2022, all of its ups and downs, and those who who…

The shooting of George Gilfillan

It may sound ghoulish, but a walk around graveyards can provide hours of mystery leading to the need for more research. The wording on a headstone in the grounds of the Old St John’s Church…

Mayor seeks young leaders to ‘step up, give it a go’

Waipā mayor Susan O’Regan is on the hunt for smart, inspiring young people to join a national leadership programme. The Tuia Leadership programme is aimed at outstanding rangitahi Māori who have the potential to be…

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