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Masons turn up the heat

Members from two regional Freemason lodges spent time recently processing and shifting loads of firewood they intend selling in support of the Casting for Recovery (CfR) programme. Cambridge’s Alpha Lodge 81, and the Te Awamutu-based…

Fundraising scheme gains momentum

A new initiative linking businesses and their customers with a novel opportunity to support a range of community groups is being seen as a fundraising gamechanger. Called CommUnity, the initiative works by having shoppers purchase…

Councils talk change

Mayors and councillors from the Waikato and Bay of Plenty will meet tomorrow in the wake of a Government announcement that local government is in for a shake-up. Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta made the…

Cadets unit on the rise

For many Anzac Day is special and for the young cadets it’s a way of honouring and continuing the tradition. With the help of a new commander, Te Awamutu’s cadets are doing just that. Lieutenant…

District’s growth helps cap rates

Waipā District Council ratepayers may be facing lower proposed rate increases than others around the country and staff say that is partly because of growth. Council is consulting on its draft Long-Term Plan which proposes…

Sinking lid on pokies

Waipā council says it is effectively operating a sinking lid policy with pokie machines. The comment comes in the wake of a report from AUT suggests councils are a vital factor in finding a solution…

Lake to Pirongia cycleway planned

A proposed cycleway from Lake Ngaroto to Pirongia could showcase some of Waipā’s most important natural and historical attractions. The cycling connection is highlighted in Waipā District Council’s draft Long-Term Plan as the second stage…

Riding for our RSAs

The roar of over 100 motorcycles carrying more than 180 riders and pillion passengers was heard through the region last weekend as the Waikato chapter of the Tribal Nations Motorcycle Club took to the streets…

Māori ward call: ODC says yes

Ōtorohanga has stolen a march on fellow Waikato councils and voted to create a Māori ward for its 2022 elections. In doing so it opted against the consultation process favoured by sister councils. The decision,…

Silver screen, silver lining

After a month of donations there is light at the end of the tunnel for Te Awamutu’s Regent Theatre  – and owner Allan Webb can’t thank those who have support the cinema enough. “All the…

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