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The axing of community boards is being considered by district councils from Wānaka to Waipā. And in both centres the boards are aggrieved. That’s not surprising – they have proved valuable mouthpieces for communities. What…

Boards for the chop?

Cambridge and Te Awamutu community boards are fighting for their existence, writes Mary Anne Gill. It takes a lot to get Ange Holt and Sue Milner to break ranks and go against the standard Waipā…

Social media lost dogs’ new best friend

Social media has become an integral tool for owners of lost dogs and resulted in fewer pooches ending up in Waipā pounds. District Growth and Regulatory Services group manager Wayne Allan made the observation in…

Minister opens Fonterra’s boiler 

The Minister for Energy and Resources Hon Dr Megan Woods officially opened Fonterra’s wood pellet boiler at its Te Awamutu plant last week. The site has been operating on wood pellets for nearly a year and the…

Petch: now for  Paris in 2024   

A nightmare Olympic start for BMX rider Rebecca Petch, which finished with a strong finish, has spurred her on for Paris in 2024. In her rookie Olympic race Rebecca clipped off her pedal around the…

Scholarship to aid urban forests research

The latest recipient of the $6000 Dr Stella Frances Scholarship says her thesis is a particularly challenging, exciting and novel project that will add to the story of underground life within the human ecosystem, namely…

Affordable housing partnership unveiled

A huge chunk of land in Te Awamutu, already identified as one of the town’s growth cells, may become home to an affordable housing initiative between developers and Crown agency Kāinga Ora. In his report…

Local woman’s history with La Leche league

    The woman who brought La Leche League to New Zealand 54 years ago was an only child who admits she scarcely knew what a baby was before having five of her own. Scots-born…

Big latch-on coming … with prizes

Mums taking part in Te Awamutu’s Virtual Big Latch On, being held via Zoom on August 6, will have the opportunity to win a few great prizes. Te Awamutu La Leche League leader Aisling Osborne…

MP on offensive of ‘Mob money’ 

Waikato MP Tim van de Molen has echoed joined the chorus of complaints over gang links to Government funding. It was “incomprehensible that $2.75 million has been allocated to them instead of to reputable agencies…

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