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Tamihana and utu

Tarapipipi Te Waharoa was born in 1805 into a world where the principle of utu was first and foremost in how his people lived.  I should note here that the most well-known consequence of utu…

Board’s poser: show us a sign

High school students may be asked to design a new sign welcoming motorists to Te Awamutu. Te Awamutu and Kihikihi Community Board member Jill Taylor suggested approaching Year 13 students to the job after chair…

Talking water, not mergers

Waikato mayors including Waipā and its King Country neighbours, will be meeting soon to discuss a water services entity. And Ōtorohanga mayor Max Baxter is warning of pitfalls. The water service entity is required by…

Time to “zhuzh up” the main street

Te Awamutu and Kihikihi Community Board chair Ange Holt wants to get plans to “zhuzh up” Alexandra Street in Waipā District Council’s long term plan. The board heard at its June meeting that work was…

Call to dredge Ngā Roto

Ngā Roto Sailing Club is asking Waipā District Council to clean up Lake Ngā Roto by dredging it. Water quality at the largest of the district’s peat lakes is very poor, according to Land Air…

Health: time to talk

Former All Black Steve Gordon will encourage men to talk to each other about their health at Te Awamutu Community Menz Shed’s inaugural men’s heath expo. Gordon, a former Te Awamutu College pupil who was…

News…… in brief

Behind closed doors Councils who have been told by the Ombudsman’s office to be more open and not hide their debates behind “workshops” appear to have been given a new tool to discuss issues in…

Community centre close

Presbyterians break old ground 4 July 8am Construction of a $3.3 million community centre is about to start on land once occupied by St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Mutu St. The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa…

Call to help kōkako

The Department of Conservation’s Maniapoto team wants volunteers to contribute a few hours to help kōkako at Mapara. Mapara Wildlife Management Reserve near Maniaiti/Benneydale is a habitat for a significant population of kōkako. Kōkako were…

Short wave – long term

“Before there was social media there was amateur, or ham radio, and it’s going to exist long after social media is just a memory.” That’s the view of longtime Te Kūiti radio ham Mick Gannon,…

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