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More trains coming…

Waikato Regional Council will roll out more Te Huia train services – and sooner – in response to public feedback on its long term plan. It’s one of a number of decisions made during deliberations…

Spotlight on prostate cancer

National Party deputy leader Dr Shane Reti says men battling prostate cancer should talk openly about it and it is time the disease was as much in the public eye as melanoma. Dr Reti was…

Hazel plans next campaign 

Hazel Barnes has spent almost two decades as a Waipā District Councillor – now she is planning to take on a different challenge. The outspoken octogenarian, who revealed she planned ot stand down in 2022…

Council takes safety step as abuse rises

Closed circuit TV cameras and monitors, duress pendants and buttons, strobes, lockdown devices and sirens are set to be installed at Waipā District Council facilities to combat aggressive behaviour. Some equipment has already been put…

Waipā ties to PM

When Finance Minister Grant Robertson stood to deliver the Budget May 20 in Parliament, he did so wearing a burgundy tie hand-crafted in Waipā by Claire Nieuwoudt and gifted to him by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Earlier that day, in a Facebook Live seen…

Council ready for next step of plan

The formal consultation phase of Ōtorohanga District Council’s Long Term Plan 2021 – 2031, came to a close on Monday and feedback from the community has been positive. Ōtorohanga Mayor Max Baxter said he was…

Leaders check museum

Taranaki-King Country MP Barbara Kuriger and members of the Ōtorohanga District Council were among guests given a special tour of Ōtorohanga Museum earlier last week. They were hosted on Monday evening by members of the…

And then there were seven…

The swing from opposition to support for Māori wards in Waikato for the 2022 elections was complete when Waikato became the sixth of 11 local authorities to vote for them. It came 24 hours both…

Farmers on the moove 

This weekend people across the Waipā region may see a bit more traffic across the area’s backcountry roads as the annual farming migration of Gypsy Day takes place across the country. The concept of ‘Gypsy…

Alf leaves to the strains of Aker Bilk

ALFRED ‘ALF’ KNEEBONE – April 27, 1923 – May 11, 2021 Among the qualities that made Alf Kneebone a legend in his time was his sharp wit, his sense of humanity, and the attention to…

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