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Pirongia: from the grassroots up

A book spanning the 2.6 million year geological history of Mount Pirongia – the first such comprehensive publication of its kind in New Zealand – was launched at the Pirongia Heritage Centre on November 18…

Community advisors see challenge ahead

District Council’s new commmunity advisors have a huge job ahead to help Waipā people recover equitably from the impacts of Covid-19. Just two weeks into the job Gina Scott and Corren Ngerengere have begun to…

1,1,1 = three vehicles for St John

Cambridge couple Margaret and Bernie Pearson have donated a third vehicle to St John. The handover late last month was welcomed by St John Central Region fundraising and marketing manager Jeanette Horan, who said: “We…

Dairy keeps Waipa’s economy running

The latest report from Wellington-based economists, Infometrics, says economic activity in the distict has managed to “bounce back” in the September 2020 quarter. Waipā’s gross domestic product (GDP) was only 0.6 per cent lower than…

Mobility scheme promoted

Waipā residents with a condition that makes travel tricky are bring to register for Total Mobility, a scheme to help make getting out in the community easier and cheaper. The national door-to-door transport scheme involves…

‘Beautiful Collision’ makes sound sense

Kihikihi’s Blair and Rosie Shaw are hoping the lockdown songs they uploaded to social media in early 2020 might launch a new career path. The pair posted a series of ‘Lockdown Tunes’ to Facebook during…

Teresa wins ‘dunny’ comp

The new toilets at Centennial Park in Te Awamutu have received a splash of colour, following a public art competition run by Waipā District Council. The Designer Dunny competition invited artists to submit an original…

Time to nominate Te Awamutu’s 2020 person of the year

Readers are being asked for their suggestions as to who might be a worthy recipient of the Te Awamutu News’ second Person of the Year award. The award was first given to Te Awamutu community…

Pirongia markets gear up for Christmas bonanza

Two markets coming up in Pirongia will offer Christmas buyers a wide selection of purchasing options, from crafts to woodwork, soaps to jewellery and a host of sweet-smelling things to boot. The Pirongia Sunday Market…

40 years of karate at TA’s Seido Dojo

Te Awamutu’s Seido Karate dojo celebrated its 40th Anniversary last weekend. Dojo founder and 6th Dan Black Belt ‘Sei Shihan’ Michael McIvor opened the dojo in August 1980, holding classes at Te Awamutu Primary School’s…

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