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Parking woes, by George

Safety issues at the George Street public carpark and the level of action by the district council are worrying the Te Awamutu Community Board. In her report to the board on Tuesday, board chair Angela…

Church land up for sale

The Te Awamutu Presbyterian Church has offered to sell part of its land in Mutu Street to Waipā District Council to help fund its new church. Te Awamutu Community Board member Jill Taylor made the…

Hampers hampered

By Constable Ryan Fleming Like many groups, Covid-19 has had an impact on the team at Operation Christmas Hampers. This time each year we are busy out on the streets getting donations of food, Christmas…

Daily Covid tests available

Te Awamutu remains among Waikato centres continuing to operate daily Covid testing sites. Ōtorohanga, Hamilton and Te Kuiti also have pop-up and dedicated testing sites operating as they report new cases daily. But in Cambridge…

“Slum” warning from mayor

A new housing policy which allows Waipā towns to have three homes of up to three storeys high built without a resource consent is a recipe for creating slum situations, says mayor Jim Mylchreest. It…

Thumbs up for new ministry

A Waipā-based charitable trust that works alongside disabled people so they can develop their skills and abilities has applauded sweeping changes in the disability sector. The government last week announced it would move disability funding…

Welfare needs rise in lockdown 

Welfare committees in Waipā, Waitomo and Ōtorohanga have been very active and supportive of residents during the latest Covid lockdown, says Waipā District Council Emergency Management operations manager David Simes. Food parcels and kai distribution were…

Let the shopping begin 

By Luke East After weeks of click and collect, Waipā retailers were permitted to open their doors again yesterday. Bev Cooper, of Murray Hunt Furnishings, was relieved and glad that the company’s three stories were…

Libraries rise to the challenge 

Waipā’s community librarians have been working with rest homes on a dementia friendly programme as part of their activities during lockdown. Switching to online and digital support has resulted in added challenges for librarians, said…

We’re getting close to the magic 90 

Waipā has hit the 90 per cent mark for first Covid vaccinations and is leading the Waikato. Cambridge North is sitting on 84 per cent fully vaccinated and is in a close race with Oaklands-St…

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