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Our history: the clock that moved

  By Luke East At around this time 110 years ago it was officially announced that the Te Awamutu Post Office, which was then under construction on the corner of Sloane and Alexandra Streets, would…

Rook numbers drop

The regional council believes rook numbers have fallen from about 50 to 40 in the region over the past year. Introduced from Britain to control insects more than 150 years ago, the bird soon wore…

Covid news held back – Mayors rebel against orchestrated releases

Updated with Waikato DHB comments received after we went to press (see at end): A Waipā district councillor says she and other councillors were told to keep quiet for more than a day when Covid…

News in brief ….

Mayor hospitalised Waipā mayor Jim Mylchreest had a 24-hour stint in Waikato Hospital on an antibiotic drip last week when his chest infection worsened. Mylchreest said yesterday he had a high fever which settled down…

On the Front Line – Life of a vaccinator

A Waipā nurse vaccinator on Covid’s front line says she’s convinced mobile vans going into Waikato’s far flung rural areas is the answer to reaching the 90 per cent fully vaccinated target. Michelle Edge, who works for Waikato…

Why the Max factor was necessary

Ōtorohanga Mayor Max Baxter deserves high praise for breaking a Covid mould. Since the arrival of Covid, the government, health boards and local bodies have staged managed information releases where and when they want. Mayor…

Anger at Three Waters call

Waipā District Council and Federated Farmers have reacted angrily to the government’s decision to take away its water assets in favour of four new mega entities. Local Government minister Nanaia Mahuta made the announcement yesterday…

Focus on ….

Today we introduce a new feature where we talk to people in the news and people who make the news. Focus on will be a regular addition to the News. Who do you think we…

In the Repair Shop today…

Some unusual items arrive at the Te Awamutu Menzshed for repair. Few would be more interesting – or more a challenge – than an Antique Auguste Reidemeister French Tricycle horse, made in France in the…

“A young entrepreneur in the making” 

Twelve-year-old Te Awamutu Intermediate student, Lucas Sloan, has been praised by the community for his gardening prowess and business initiative. Last week Lucas enlisted the help of his Mum, Racheal Simmonds, to make a Facebook…

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