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Property values: how Waipa rates

Waipā property prices increased 129.3 per cent in a decade making it the 10th best district in the country, figures from realestate.co.nz show. Nationally, the average asking price was up by 77.5 per cent, increasing…

Opponents back ‘call in’

The decision to “call in” the application to build a waste to energy plant in Te Awamutu has been welcomed by a lobby group opposed to it. “We believe that calling-in the application is a…

Realising the dream

Twenty years ago, a Te Awamutu College staff member had the idea an artificial hockey turf would be a worthwhile addition to the college grounds. “It was a dream, a fantasy land,” principal Tony Membery…

Schools are full

The full signs have gone up for out of zone students at several Waipā schools including the at capacity Te Awamutu Primary School. The Education ministry has told the primary school it cannot accept any…

Back to school for Pieta

Ōhaupō university student Pieta Bouma – who became a paraplegic in 2019 – was guest speaker at Sacred Heart Girls’ College in Hamilton last week. Pieta, then aged 19, was on a gap year and…

News in brief

School counsellors Te Awamutu Intermediate School has announced it will have two counsellors working at the school in 2024. They are Lian Smith, who is funded through Zion Church, and Grace van Grootel, who will…

Too hot to handle?

Update Thursday 8 February 2.40pm The country’s stance on waste to energy plants could become standardised as a result of a Waipā District Council decision, the company behind an application for one in Te Awamutu…

Eight Ball: it’s talk, not chalk

Members of the Eight Ball Group are used to being quizzed on the origins of their name. The reason has more to do with physiology than pool, it seems, because the four men who started…

Four! Council back on budget tee

Resetting the budget became harder than expected for Waipā council this week with informed sources telling The News elected councillors are applying pressure on staff to scrap “nice to haves”. A public workshop on the…

Site visits rise

Visits to Te Awamutu News website were 52 per cent up last month on the same period in 2023. Leading the way was the home page, up 80 per cent with the downloadable version of…

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