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A hidden taonga

The story of a fabulous old waka, unfinished and buried for years in a King Country paddock, is one that members of the Ōtorohanga Historical Society think more people should hear. The team is embarking…

Space-age safety message

A close brush with Covid-19 has turned Kihikihi’s Dave Owen – better known as ‘Space Dave’ – into a vocal champion of Covid-19 contact tracing. Dave owns the Te Awamutu Space Centre in the heart…

Read on: libraries in demand

Waipā’s two libraries issued more than 32,000 books last month. District Council community services manager Sally Sheedy said 10,000 books were taken out at the Cambridge library in the first week it opened, starting January…

‘Good’ rubbish goes to landfill: report

Waipā residents send most of their recyclable rubbish to landfills, a new report reveals. An audit of trash was carried out by the Waipā District Council last October of 253 randomly-selected households on 44 streets…

Council sets rates, spending plan

Helping Waikato people retrofit their homes so they’re healthy is the only new programme of work Waikato Regional Council will seek public feedback on. A 10-year budget – approved last week following three days of…

Book giveaway: six of the best for you to read

We have a series of books to give away to News readers – and all you have to do is email us with the title. Simply send an email to editor@goodlocal.nz and put the title…

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…

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