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Busy time for ‘essential’ staff

Wearing personal protective equipment, two Waipā Disrtict Council staff have continued an “especially significant” essential role throughout the nation-wide Covid-19 lockdown. Waipā District Council parks and reserves supervisors Craig McCurdy and Stephen Bagnall manage the…

Mayor cautious about zero-rate rise

Waipā mayor Jim Mylchreest has sounded a warning about the consequences of freezing rates in the wake of the Covid-19 epidemic. He said his council could not be short sighted and had to consider the…

Dave steps up – it’s a ‘no-brainer’

Buying groceries, collecting prescriptions and sourcing firewood is all in a day’s work for Western Waikato Emergency Operations Centre volunteer ‘buddy’ David Nordell. The Kihikihi resident is one of 122 volunteer buddies available to help…

Kiwi spirit for Kiwi house

Part of the Ōtorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park facility was stuck by lightning mid-lockdown – then the park was struck by community spirit. Staff posted after the lightning that the Barry Rowe Aviary…

Park plan sparks debate

A concept plan for Te Awamutu’s 65-year-old War Memorial Park has sparked public debate before the Waipā District Council has looked at it. The debate follows the tabling of the plan at last month’s meeting…

Stay at home tomorrow

The Western Waikato Emergency Operations Centre (WWEOC) is reminding people to stay at home in their lockdown bubbles on Anzac Day tomorrow – and not to visit Cenotaphs to lay wreaths. It is the first…

Trampas orders McDonalds to… stay

Te Awamutu’s Trampas Pollard was lovin’ it. And after a video was posted on the Te Awamutu Region Community Grapevine Facebook page showing how he, mum Kaz and sister Aotea sorted his takeaway demands during…

Government media ‘favouritism’ criticised

Cambridge and Te Awamutu News publisher David Mackenzie went into bat for the country’s community newspaper industry last week. The Government has been told community newspapers should have been permitted to print and deliver –…

‘Superfood’ in demand

Demand for frozen produce from Ōhaupō’s Blueberry Country has surged as – it would seem – people adjust to life in lockdown. Production of the frozen “superfood” at the company is up more than 40…

Businesses battle

  Business owners are facing “tough questions” as the Waipā’s Te Awamutu and Cambridge Chambers of Commerce look for ways to help members through the Covid-19 lockdown and its after affects. Cambridge chamber chief Kelly…

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