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Plastic campaign launched 

Say goodbye to cling film, shampoo bottles, straws and other single use plastics this month and play your part in Plastic Free July. Waipā District Council is challenging residents to “swap out” single-use plastic items…

Rebecca’s Tokyo bound 

Te Awamutu BMX rider Rebecca Petch has fulfilled a lifelong dream after receiving a call that she will be competing at next month’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. The phone call from the New Zealand Olympic…

Keeping freshwater ‘possum’ out of Ruatuna 

A grill barrier has been installed to keep one of the country’s worst pests out of an Ōhaupō lake. The Lake Ruatuna barrier is designed to prevent the spread of koi carp. Ruatuna represents one…

$150k to Waipā – $1.6m for regions

Events held in Waipā provide social and economic benefits and bring thousands of people and millions of dollars into the district, says a report presented to councillors. Waipā District Council says supporting these events from…

Fieldays leaves questions

By Mary Anne Gill and Blair Voorend Fieldays finished on Saturday with organisers saying numbers far exceeded their expectations after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19. But some Waipā retailers are questioning whether the annual…

Lyceum latest to go punk 

Members of the Te Awamutu Lyceum Club were caught up in the fast-growing steampunk movement last week when two of Pirongia’s ‘Time Travelling Trio’ were guests at their lunch gathering. Paula McWha and Barbara Preece…

Stars on Stage

Lights…camera…action! Te Awamutu Intermediate’s latest production ‘Little Stars’ is on its way. The musical follows the behind the scenes story of five finalists as they compete in the TV hit sensation singing competition seeking the…

Circling in on the new roundabout

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has selected a site north-west of the existing Piarere intersection for a $40 million roundabout project. The plan is to have consents sorted later this year and for work to start on…

Mayor backs smaller council 

Waipā mayor Jim Mylchreest backs cutting councillor numbers from 13 to 11 at next year’s local body poll. The number has already gone up by one with the addition of a Māori ward for 2022….

A treat for Simon and family 

Satan’s Little Helpers from pizza company Hell has come up with a treat for an Ōtorohanga youngster who has faced a life of health challenges. When Simon Kovacs was born, he arrived at just 28 weeks and…

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