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Building consents top $100 million

Building consents valued at $114.6 million were issued by Waipā District Council in the first quarter of this year. Among the 453 consents were 145 new dwellings. The significant consents were: • 2 Fort Street Cambridge,…

Māori wards: councillors muzzled

Waipā’s Mayor Jim Mylchreest says his councillors cannot indicate their opinions on the Māori ward issue before they vote on it next week. He says if a councillor expresses an opinion on the issue, he or she could be banned from taking part in the debate because it would suggest “predetermination”….

Wāipa may soon run out of puff…

Popping out for a ciggy break in the Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Kihikihi, Ohaupo and Pirongia central business districts will become a thing of the past if Waipā District Council adopts a Smokefree and Vapefree Policy. The draft policy is…

Ministry talks school numbers

The Education Ministry is continuing to work with Te Awamutu College to introduce an enrolment scheme – and there are no plans for a new secondary school in the area. The information was revealed by…

Gill joins Good Local team

Good Local Media – publishers of the Cambridge News and Te Awamutu News – has teamed up two of the country’s most experienced community newspaper journalists. Publisher David Mackenzie this week brought on board Mary…

Slow feedback for long term plan

Community consultation has begun in Ōtorohanga on the district councils Long Term Plan for 2021- 2031 but community engagement has been slow going. An Ōtorohanga District Council spokesperson said that the consultation period so far…

Margaret Forsyth farewelled

Tributes have flowed for a former Silver Fern with close ties to Cambridge and Te Awamutu who died this week. Margaret Forsyth, 59, held many coaching positions over the years, including head coach of Waikato…

Hundreds farewell historian

Richard Stowers – 11.11.1951 – 20.04.2021 New Zealand lost one of its foremost historians with the passing of Waikato’s Richard Stowers. A titan in terms of his knowledge around military history, the former Cambridge High…

Zooming in on council

By Mary Anne Gill Many councils around the world live streamed their meetings during Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns. Waipā District Council was one of them and the council continues doing live streams for council and key…

Stepping into a Māori ward

It’s been graduation time for students at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa – and today the one of those students shares her journey with News readers. Ko Te Mānukanuka o Hoturoa te moana Ko Ngāti Whatua…

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