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Hospital seeks travel views

Waipā residents who regularly travel to Waikato Hospital in Hamilton for clinic appointments, work or to visit patients are being urged to have their say about their experiences. Waikato District Health Board (DHB), Waka Kotahi…

Tic of approval for Kihikihi clock

For more than two years, Kihikihi’s town clock has been stuck at 1.31pm. Residents who were unhappy about the clock complained to councillors and the matter appeared at the Waipā District Council’s long term plan…

Park plan gets thumbs up — thumbs down for behaviour

A revised plan, at almost half the original cost, has been backed by Te Awamutu District Council for the town’s Memorial Park. But the shadow of bitter criticism and abuse following the release of the…

Māori ward is kapai

Waipā District Council’s debating chamber became an auditorium for waiata moments after councillors voted to guarantee a seat for iwi. Councillors – most of whom had interspersed their comments with te reo – stood with…

Brigade steps up

Te Awamutu has been a strong participant in the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge which takes place on May 22 over the years and this year will be no different with more than a dozen firefighters taking part from the town. The event is in its…

Wāipa libraries in demand

Patronage at Waipā’s two libraries is on the up with 553 new users signed up in the first quarter of the year taking the number of patrons in Te Awamutu to 15,438 and 20,640 in…

Council’s big Bunnings buy

Waipā District Council has confirmed it has purchased the former Bunnings building in Te Awamutu. The News revealed last week council had its eye on one of the two sites left vacant when Bunnings closes…

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…

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