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Keeping their eyes on the ball

Community heroes Alex Phillips and Selina Heke have kept the Kihikihi Rugby Sports Club alive, says junior delegate Tawhiri Gavin. Alex became the club’s chair more than a decade ago, but he returned to his…

Micro solution to mega issue?

  Waipā Mayor Jim Mylchreest told the district council last week a company called Ergozyme NZ might have the answer to Lake Ngaroto’s toxic pollution – but who are they? Benjamin Wilson finds out. Ergozyme…

Community Hub debut a ‘success’

Co-founder Margaret Kirk celebrated the opening of the Kihikihi Community Hub last week. Kirk said their debut was constructive, and people who attended wanted to share their resources and ideas. The Hub hosted Jessica Brown…

Rift over media ‘deal’

A “quite cosy” exclusive deal arranged by Te Awamutu Community Board chair Ange Holt with a media company she has had an involvement in has drawn flak from her own members. It was announced last…

Vaccine refusal threatens jobs

Several Waipā district council staff face losing their jobs because they refused to get Covid vaccinations. The News understands 50 of the council’s 330 staff did not initially support the council’s Covid-19 Staff Vaccination Policy…

Museum opens ‘conversations’  

An interactive display of photographs, documents and video clips hosted by Ōtorohanga Museum over the past few days is part of a wider move by the facility to open its archives and engage more effectively…

Vandals: watch for their impact

The Waipā community will soon see the impact vandals are having in the district when council staff cannot complete general maintenance work. Community Services acting manager Brad Ward made the prediction to the council’s Strategic…

Urban miners celebrate

Rotarians, civic and business leaders gathered in Cambridge last week for a demonstration of the workings of Waipā Rotary’s enterprise, The Urban Miners, and to celebrate its recent big win. Run by Cambridge Rotary Club,…

Parks, reserves teams battle on

The role volunteers play in assisting Waipā District Council at parks and reserves has been significantly constrained by Covid 19 restrictions. Groups like the Cambridge Tree Trust, Predator Free Cambridge, Eco-FX and Kakepuku Mountain Conservation…

Gearing up for boy racers

Police will have more powers to target boy racers through amendments to the Waipā Public Places Bylaw. The suggested bylaw changes would prohibit light motor vehicles from travelling on specified roads between 9pm and 4am…

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