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Justices of the peace call for new blood

Steps are being taken to recruit more Justices of the Peace in Te Awamutu, both to boost numbers and bring younger people on board. Ann Rawson, chairperson of the Te Awamutu branch of the Waikato…

Lake survivors given the bird(s)

Eradication of pests at a Waipā lake has been so successful a new problem has arisen – in the form of pest birds. Hundreds of thousands of starlings and sparrows roost in the pest fenced…

Space centre goes interactive for Mars landing

Hot on the heels of the February 18 Mars landing of NASA’s science rover Perseverance, Te Awamutu Space Centre’s Dave Owen is planning to expand his activities. He is about to launch an interactive online…

Councillors’ views of Māori wards

A poll of Waipā District Councillors on the issue of Māori wards has failed to produce any definitive answers. Last week the News asked all 14 councillors by email for their opinions on the success…

Branching out at the tree church

Set in three leafy hectares in the tranquil Waikato countryside, Ōhaupō TreeChurch and Gardens is a far cry from the fast-paced corporate world Bev and Chris Gatenby once inhabited. But after taking stock of their…

New predator free hub launches

The next phase of Predator-Free Mystery Creek has been launched   by the New Zealand National Fieldays Society (NZNFS). The information evening last week was designed to kickstart a wider movement to extend predator control into…

Council puts up $8b transport plan

Public input is being sought over a proposed $8 billion investment in  Waikato’s land transport system. The Regional Transport Committee plan sets out how the region’s land transport system will be developed over the next…

Meeting the Covid challenge

Kane Rangitonga says help is still needed for people suffering from the Covid-19 fallout. As much as Covid-19 continues to negatively impact many in Te Awamutu, it is also making the community stronger, says Kainga…

Fonterra defends its ‘ghost-farms’

Fonterra has been accused of creating ghost farms – including one in Waipā where nitrate-heavy water is dumped. Buxton Farm has been used to soak up waste water from the nearby Hautapu dairy plant since…

Chairman backs trust grant for rural support

Waikato Regional Council leader Russ Rimmington says his decision to force through a $50,000 a year grant to the Rural Support Trust was right. Mr Rimmington used his casting vote to push the proposal through….

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