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A centenary to remember 

The Karāpiro School community came together Friday 11  to celebrate 100 years on the current school site. The school actually opened 137 years ago on a site further down Karāpiro Road, and today is the…

Museum report is bad news 

A new report shows Te Awamutu’s closed museum reaches only 20 per cent of the National Building Standards – and gets a Grade D building rating. The news has raised suggestions the town could even…

It was nice meeting you, Te Awamutu 

Depending on how you read a newspaper, this could likely be the last piece written by me that you’ll ever read. To put things bluntly, I am leaving the Te Awamutu News to focus on…

Paula’s focus is all rural

Paula Jacobsen’s newest short film aims to showcase the highs and lows of rural Te Awamutu. Paula is a third year Communications and Digital Marketing student at Wintec with a passion for creating short films….

King Country couple take new dealership to Fieldays

Ōtorohanga musicians and entrepreneurs, Allan and Jan Barclay, will be at the National Fieldays later this month to help market the grunty petrol and electric Tuatara ATV, said to be one of the best vehicles…

“Brothers right from the word go”

Victor Two Company concluded their three-day veterans’ reunion with a march and ceremony at Te Awamutu’s Sunken Cross on Sunday. “The strength of Victor Two Company has always been our people, so stay in touch…

Sports hall move delayed

The New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame is staying in Dunedin another year but is heading north to the Velodrome in Cambridge after that. In a high-powered presentation to Waipā District Council this week, representatives…

Kapa haka festival, a success of unity

Te Awamutu’s kapa haka festival Te Rā Whakamana Rangatahi was a “great success”. “And that success was based on kotahitanga, unity,” said Te Wharekura o Ngā Purapura o te Aroha principal Jade Tapine. His wharekura…

Councillors cut the pay pie

Waipā deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk is in for a $22,850 pay rise to $66,835 a year while other returning councillors also get significant pay increases. Pironga-Kakepuku ward member Clare St Pierre’s salary goes up $19,241…

Storm clouds above

The honeymoon is well and truly over for the newly elected Waipā council with confirmation the “perfect storm” chief executive Garry Dyet predicted during the election campaign has landed with a thud. The warning of…

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