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Fighting violence

  Te Awamutu’s Kainga Aroha Community House has won the contract for a new programme to combat family violence. The Ministry of Social Development have budgeted $15.4 million to the Whānau Resilience project which will…

Pirongia society celebrates

  The Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society has recorded one of the busiest 12 months in its 15-year history despite having to “adapt quickly” to the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19. A total of…

Telling our stories

  New Zealand’s Covid-19 lockdown kicked in a month after Kerrin Carr took up his new position as education facilitator at Te Awamutu Museum. It meant halting the face-to-face delivery of the Learning Experiences Outside…

Tracking towards a new future

The 105-year-old Waipa Racing Club looks set to continue as a training track with trial dates despite being excluded from next season’s racing calendar. President Doug Hurrell has told to the News four trial dates…

Board says no

The Te Awamutu Community Board is opposing a bid for a new off licence in town. Four of the board’s six members voted against supporting the application by Hamilton company RKM Smith Enterprises Limited when…

Playground hit the right chord

    A swinging benefactor in a beanie and a guitar-strumming principal brought a lighter touch to the opening of a new senior playground at Paterangi School. Monday’s opening marked the launch of the new…

Archer the Ace

  By Andy McGechan It was probably just a matter of time before Kiwi dirt bike ace Rachael Archer topped the podium in the United States. The 18-year-old from Ngaroma, near Te Awamutu, has long…

Sam pools her talents for refugees

Te Awamutu teen Sam White has an impressive swim stroke and a heart to match. Ten days ago, she kick-started an initiative to collect items for refugee children eager to assimilate with New Zealand life,…

The passing of a true woolshed character

    When the TALOS juniors return to The Woolshed Theatre on July 23, it will be to an empty chair in the front row that their gaze will be drawn. For it is that…

The architects are on the board

  Te Awamutu had to wait to get the rub of the green, but when it came it was a key factor in securing the team’s first points of the season in the WaiBop football…

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