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Some will, some won’t – Councils on different pages

Leaders of Waikato’s two largest local bodies have announced they will surrender portions of their pay because of the Covid-19 lockdown – but there is no national consensus and it appears unlikely others in Waikato…

Number’s up for plastics

The country’s major supermarkets say they have plans to eliminate plastics which Waipā District Council has voted to remove from recycling bins. Countdown – owned by Woolworths New Zealand – and Foodstuffs, which oversees New…

Board chair hails ‘fantastic’ technology

Te Awamutu Community Board is switching on to the use of technology. And the success of a first-time foray into online meetings at its April gathering might have put further, future use of technology in…

Three’s not a crowd…

While the shift from COVID-19 response level four to three might offer businesses a little more certainty, it is unrealistic to expect anything akin to a “return to normal” says Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce…

Tourism: The five year plan

It could be five years before Waikato’s tourism sector rebounds to pre-Covid-19 lockdown levels, Waipā District Council’s Finance and Corporate Committee has been told. But Waipā’s strategic geographic location, natural environment and world-class event venues…

Te Awamutu does RSA proud

Te Awamutu and surrounds adapted to a lockdown Anzac Day well, says Te Awamutu and Districts RSA president and ex-serviceman, Lou Brown. He joined many others in town who stood on their driveway at 6am…

Some Finns happening…

Crowded House and Fleetwood Mac’s Neil Finn has struck a chord with thousands of fans world-wide – launching a daily online show. Finn, originally from Te Awamutu, went live for daily performances via broadcasting app…

Busy time for ‘essential’ staff

Wearing personal protective equipment, two Waipā Disrtict Council staff have continued an “especially significant” essential role throughout the nation-wide Covid-19 lockdown. Waipā District Council parks and reserves supervisors Craig McCurdy and Stephen Bagnall manage the…

Mayor cautious about zero-rate rise

Waipā mayor Jim Mylchreest has sounded a warning about the consequences of freezing rates in the wake of the Covid-19 epidemic. He said his council could not be short sighted and had to consider the…

Dave steps up – it’s a ‘no-brainer’

Buying groceries, collecting prescriptions and sourcing firewood is all in a day’s work for Western Waikato Emergency Operations Centre volunteer ‘buddy’ David Nordell. The Kihikihi resident is one of 122 volunteer buddies available to help…

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