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Māori ward call: ODC says yes

Ōtorohanga has stolen a march on fellow Waikato councils and voted to create a Māori ward for its 2022 elections. In doing so it opted against the consultation process favoured by sister councils. The decision,…

Silver screen, silver lining

After a month of donations there is light at the end of the tunnel for Te Awamutu’s Regent Theatre  – and owner Allan Webb can’t thank those who have support the cinema enough. “All the…

Livestock shipment ban raises questions

After the Government announced last week livestock export by sea will be banned many in the industry were left wondering what is in store for them. Progressive Livestock agent Colin Old, who covers Western-Central Waikato…

Long term plan submission time almost up

Residents have less than a week to make a submission on Waipā District Council’s Long Term Plan. Waipā District Council mayor Jim Mylchreest is encouraging residents who haven’t yet provided feedback on the draft 2021-31…

Drivers clock up the tickets

Waipā District Council staff issue 169 parking tickets during March, most in the Te Awamutu and Cambridge CBDs. Drivers were parked illegally in disabled parking spots, on broken yellow lines, on the footpath and breaching…

Looking into the park plan

With many questions and concerns coming up around Te Awamutu’s Memorial Park plan council have approved a revised plan, but what does the new plan contain? Blair Voorend takes a look. The original draft plan…

Wave of support for staff: council chief

Waipā District Council chief executive Garry Dyet says the exposure given in last week’s News to abusive on-line comments prompted an outpouring of support. Cr Susan O’Regan prefaced a discussion on plans for Te Awamutu’s…

Grapevine says sorry

The administrator of Te Awamutu’s Grapevine page took down a series of offensive posts relating to Waipā District Council after being alerted to them by the Te Awamutu News last week. And there are new…

Kaumatua backs bowel cancer screening program

A senior kaumatua to the Kīngitanga movement, is lending his mana and own story to the launch the National Bowel Screening programme across Waikato. The free screening programme is rolling out across the region for…

Waipā Youth Awards entires open

Nominations have opened for the 19th 2021 Waipā District Council Youth Awards, which celebrate the achievements of the 14- to 18-year-old. The awards recognise achievements in academic, community service, leadership, sporting and arts/culture categories. Last…

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