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White ribbon day focuses on family violence

Simon Drumm, the man steering Violence Free Waipā in Te Awamutu since March, says the White Ribbon initiative is mainly about transforming men. “It is about raising awareness … directing people away from violence, showing…

Ōhaupō students awash with the ‘write’ stuff

Youngsters from Ōhaupō School have taken out the top places in all four age-group categories in the Te Awamutu Rotary Club’s 2020 Children’s Essay Competition. Overall, they accounted for seven of the 13 placegetters in…

Oksana crowned College dux

Oksana Voznyuk has been named Te Awamutu College’s year 2020 dux. Oksana – a Head Student described as a “fine ambassador” was top of subject for Drama, English Extension and Earth and Space Science. She…

‘These boys ride with us’

Armistice Day this year was marked locally with three separate commemoration services, led by the Te Awamutu RSA. The first was on November 8 in Kawhia, the second was at Anzac Green in Te Awamutu,…

Strong interest in sheep switch

More than 500 visitors attended Spring Sheep Milk Company ‘s open day at its Tauwhare Road farm this month. The day was designed to give the public and prospective sheep milk farmers an insight into…

Water boy visit promotes benefits of volunteering

About 50 youngsters from two regional schools spent a morning earlier this month preparing supportive Christmas messages for children living in less fortunate circumstances. The students from Hamilton’s Knighton Normal School, and Korakonui School on…

New village work tagged for 2021

The company behind plans for a new retirement village in Te Awamutu was spurred on by the success of a project just a few minutes’ drive away. The Sanderson Group’s development Manager Nathan Sanderson said…

Food bank wants to say thanks

  Te Awamutu’s foodbank organisers are so thankful for the support they have had from the community that they want to invite donors for a cuppa. At the end of last month , the Foodbank…

First rose garden Sunday a sweet-smelling success

The first big ‘come-back’ event by a recently-revived Te Awamutu Rose Society has been an outstanding success. The inaugural Rose Garden Sunday was held on Sunday November 8, with a stream of visitors walking through…

Trust back College pair

Two Te Awamutu College school leavers have each been awarded $6000 in funding from the David Johnstone Charitable Trust. Nathaniel Short and Brianna Walker were among 21 young men and women to receive support from…

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