Local Elections 2022

Why you should elect me…

Forty people have paid their deposits and put their names forward for seats on the Waipā council or community boards. So why should we vote for them? Here are the reasons why in their own…

The Age of Reason: Follow the leader ….

This is indeed a tumultuous month with the international scene overshadowed by the sad passing of a wonder lady, mother and world leader. The media from around the world is showering us with completely understandable…

We Say … Facts and fiction

This week I took the unusual step of challenging the comments made by an election candidate. Responding to our lead story last week explaining how Waipā District Council’s chief executive Garry Dyet had warned of…

The friendly election

Three of them want to be the first person elected as the Māori ward representative for Waipā – but this race is setting new benchmarks in courtesy. Chivalry was the order of the evening when…

Will you vote?

Waipā posties have delivered 39,608 voter packs around the district – but it’s likely many won’t be sent back. Te Awamutu postie Nicola Connolly and Cambridge’s Raewyn Smythe were incredulous when The News told them…

Who’s really faking it?

Te Awamutu News editor Roy Pilott has today refuted suggestions his newspaper invented a story in which Waipā chief executive Garry Dyet warned election candidates about a financial storm brewing. Mayoral candidate Chris Woodhams has…

Mayor counters rival’s claims

Concerns around local government bureaucracy, support for business, youth opportunities, and balancing growth with the preservation of Waipa’s core values were expressed at Monday’s ‘Meet the next Waipā Mayor’ gathering at the Cambridge Town Hall….

Promises, promises…

Waipā’s chief executive has taken the unprecedented step of briefing council candidates about the region’s finances saying the district is facing a “perfect storm.” Garry Dyet has opened the books to show council hopefuls and…

A bridge too far for Coles?

Waipā district councillor Philip Coles apologised at Monday’s candidates’ meeting for what he described as a misunderstanding over comments made about securing land at St Peter’s School for a third bridge site. Coles made the…

Fluoride: still not convinced

Confusion over why the Ministry of Health chose Waipā as one of the first districts ordered to add fluoride to its water supply, has been reflected in candidates’ responses to The News’ survey. Ten respondents…

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