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Sanctuary Mountain draws in the crowds 

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari attracted 13,500 visitors in the last financial year – just fractionally down on pre-Covid numbers. In a year where visitors were almost exclusively domestic, 56% came from the Waikato region, 17 per cent from Auckland and 10 per…

Public bins a recycling flop

Putting recycling bins in public places is a “very expensive way to get low value recycling”, says the woman responsible for Waipā District Council’s waste minimisation. Sally Fraser was responding to a suggestion by Cr…

Transport figures revealed

The introduction of Waikato Regional Council’s Bee travel card has finally given improved patronage figures for Waipā District Council to drill into. Councillors have been asking for months how many “within town” trips passengers took…

Derbyshire quits board. Community loses ‘real asset’

Long-standing Te Awamutu Community Board member Gary Derbyshire has stood down to concentrate on his business interests. Derbyshire, 65, said his real estate business was experiencing unprecedented growth and he recently expanded the commercial side…

Focus stays on i-Site

The Te Awamutu and Cambridge i-Sites will continue to receive funding from Waipā District Council for another 18 months but will have to define their promotional roles to avoid clashing with Hamilton and Waikato Tourism….

Foodbank feels the strain 

By Ricky Lam Demand for help from Te Awamutu’s foodbank continues to rise at a time when donations have fallen. “We have had a sharp rise in the number of people seeking food from the…

Advisor roles may be permanent

  Wāipa District Council is hoping to make the two community advisor roles, which were established last year as part of a Covid recovery package, a more permanent arrangement. Gina Scott and Corren Ngerengere started in…

Weeds will go: council

Waipā council staff have assured the Te Awamutu Community Board that median strips full of “ugly” weeds at Te Awamutu’s eastern entrance will soon be gone. Te Awamutu Community Board chair Angela Holt complained the…

School name change plan makes progress 

Te Awamutu’s Pekerau School has taken its first step towards correcting its name to Pekapekarau School. The decision to move towards a name change was given the green light at a hui held via zoom on October 21. The next step is…

Joint roading group proposed

A radical approach to boosting use of public transport by centralising funding and decision-making has been floated in an independent review of Waikato Regional Council’s service. The review recommends investigating having one organisation contracted and…

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