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Vibrant comeback for arts center

The success of the Rosebank Art Centre exhibition in Te Awamutu is testimony to those who have breathed life back into the group. The recent exhibition at the Burchell Pavilion was the group’s third.  Some…

Zero waste Christmas workshop this week

Pirongia’s Ruth Webb is running a free community event in Te Awamutu on Friday that will offer some creative and sustainable solutions with Christmas in mind. The Zero Waste Christmas Ideas event will be from…

Retirement plan for Te Awamutu

Plans for a retirement village covering almost 10ha feature in a move to open up land on Te Awamutu’s northwest boundary for development 14 years early. Waipā District Council is consulting on Plan Change 12…

TA Museum administrator’s award-winning other life

Trish Seddon’s style of narrative sculpture has won her another award. Her whimsical piece entitled The Frog Prince, complete with a heart nestled in a chamber, won the Primo Clays Hand-building Award at the 2020…

Regional council fund environmental projects

Environmental, restoration and educational initiatives across the region have been given almost $420,000 from Waikato Regional Council’s Environmental Initiatives Fund (EIF). The council’s Community Restoration Committee approved funds for 20 projects after receiving 30 applications….

‘Formal Friday’ lockdown dress inspires exhibition

An exhibition of clothing inspired by the way our lives changed during Covid-19 lockdown is attracting attention at Te Awamutu Museum. Formal Fridays, as it has been called, shows a range of clothing from the…

Budget boost for a cleaner Waikato river

The latest funding to improve the condition of the Waikato and Waipā river is also expected to bring an economic boost to riverside communities. The Waikato River Authority has increased its annual funding for river…

Fly tippers left down in the dumps

Digital media is proving an effective tool in catching people who prefer to leave their trash on the side of the road. The Waipā District Council announced this week five people who dumped their rubbish…

Bronze honours for TA photographer Kate Ryan

Te Awamutu photographer Kate Ryan has won two awards in the RISE International Photography Awards. She won bronze awards in the Family and Teen categories with a candid family portrait and an avant-garde creative piece….

During Covid, locals provide a home away from home

Aiko Utaka’s journey from Thailand to New Zealand has not turned out quite as she planned – but it has helped her cement a special bond with a New Zealand family. Aiko’s stay has been…

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