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Teaming up for a doctorate 

By Stephen Ward Three Te Wānanga o Aotearoa staff have been awarded doctorates in raranga – traditional Māori weaving – after joined-up study through Auckland University of Technology’s Te Ipukarea Research Centre. It’s seen as…

Parkour course planned 

By Luke East A new parkour course, aimed to provide 12- to 17-year-olds with something exciting and physical to do, is   be built near the Te Awamutu skate park. Parkour involves traversing obstacles in a man-made…

Hampered hampers 

Operation Christmas Hamper is just around the corner – but organisers have been put months behind by Covid. Operation Christmas Hamper is a community led initiative comprising Te Awamutu organisations and businesses who work together…

School centenary postponed 

Another centenary event in Waipā has been put back 12 months. Te Awamutu’s St Patrick’s Catholic School had planned to hold its 100-year celebration on October 22 and 23. Organisers have decided to reschedule it…

Councillors make call on Three Waters Reform

Waipā residents will end up subsidising other communities including neighbouring big city Hamilton under the government’s Three Waters Reform proposal, say district councillors. The News understands councillors, frustrated their communities will lose assets built up…

You read it in the News first …….

Radio New Zealand, TVNZ and various print products were wowed by a release last week from Waipā District Council which announced a live-streamed meeting had attracted a huge following. “Almost 300,000 people from throughout the…

Board makes the tough calls

Te Awamutu’s Community Board has had to make tough calls as it cuts requested funding for community organisations. The Board has announced just over $22,000 in grants and has sought more information on some requests….

It’s dial a jab time – DHB unveils new Covid strategy

Health vaccinators will go anywhere in Waipā to protect the community from Covid-19 in a strategy unveiled by Waikato District Health Board (DHB) this week. The DHB will mobilise teams to do vaccinations at events…

Getting the tips on water 

Ever wondered how to repair that leaking tap or want to check if your cistern is leaking? As part of Waipā District Council’s community outreach programme, residents can learn how – plus find out how to harvest rainwater and replace your showerhead. In…

Safety concern on cycleway 

Questions are being asked about the safety of a rural road which is involved in a cycleway planned from Te Awamutu to Pirongia. Paterangi Road resident Hamish Germann says the road has become increasingly dangerous….

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