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Looking forward to looking back

Waipā history will be the focus of February for the district. Libraries and Te Awamutu Museum will host walks, talks, displays and creative workshops from 2 February to 3 March. Strategy and community services group…

Searching for his Dad’s stories

David Head, holding an old photograph is his father, Geoffrey Head. The originals of Geoffrey’s stories disappeared last year when David’s bus was stolen. Ōhaupo-based David Head is searching for a man he met in…

Karapiro dam bridge blocked

An access route to the national Waka Ama champs was blocked on Saturday after a truck and trailer became stuck on the Karapiro Dam bridge. It is understood a rim on a trailer wheel on…

DOC gives possums the push

A successful pest control operation on Mount Pirongia will allow native wildlife there to flourish over summer, says the Department of Conservation (Doc). Predator control was carried out at Pirongia Forest Park last September  with…

Poppy’s book is food for thought

Several months after publishing a book chronicling her secret struggle with an insidious eating disorder, Poppy Wortman knows her decision to tell her story was worth it. She launched the book, entitled ‘The Tale of…

Hone’s crew keeps the volunteers fed

Volunteers at the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa national waka ama sprint champs at Lake Karāpiro work hard for long hours but are always assured of a decent feed thanks to the tireless work of Hone…

Giltraps’ time to shed

Wilfred Giltrap’s January 23 shed sale of vintage tractors, engineering machinery and tools marks a significant turning point in the life of a man whose name is woven into the fabric of New Zealand agriculture….

New ramp for league office

A new ramp is making access easier to Te Whiringa – Te Awamutu Māori Women’s Welfare League office. In September, Waipā District Council successfully applied for $38,600 from the Provincial Growth Fund to renovate and…

Council on recycling contamination: use it properly, or lose it

Almost half the “recycling” put out by  Waipā residents is heading straight to landfill. Contaminated recycling is proving to be such a major issue that the Waipā District Council is warning offending residents they will…

Arie’s book – warts and all

Arie Paton used to think published authors were “special humans” – until she became one herself. “I always carried this belief that writers are not actually normal, they’re a cut above us and they can…

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