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For Queen and Te Awamutu

Te Awamutu news reporter Luke East has been working to erect a plaque commemorating a royal visit to Te Awamutu – with Queen Elizabeth’s approval. This week the Te Awamutu Community Board agreed to pay…

Reform: dead in the water? 

Another local Government leader has voiced his opposition to the Government’s Three Waters plan – as district council mayors talk about referenda on the issue. Waikato Regional Council chair Russ Rimmington says his council has…

Lions to the rescue 

A doppler ultrasound machine donated to Te Awamutu Medical Centre by the Rosetown Lions Club last month is already proving to be a valuable tool in the fight against diabetes. The machine was delivered to…

Final call for longstanding RSA man   

Ray Moncur, one of Cambridge’s enduring veterans and a man known for his links to the town’s sporting communities, has died aged 102.  Ray was one of the few who were awarded life membership to the Cambridge Returned Services Association (RSA).  When family gathered to celebrate his June 7 centenary in 2019, he was acutely aware that the…

When Victoria arrived by Waka

Luke East looks back at an unusual event in Te Awamutu – 171 years ago. By Luke East It must have been quite a sight to see the majestic Queen-Empress, resplendent in her finery, floating…

‘People in Wellington need a rocket’

Anger as Ministry lets people ‘fall through the gaps’ Details about Waipā residents in need of help during last year’s lockdown have been wiped from the council’s emergency database because of Privacy Act regulations. Emergency…

School during lockdown

Te Awamutu schools served up bubbles and Zoom for students during the Level 3 lockdown which ended this week. Pekerau Primary School principal Tania Bagley said she had seen much greater engagement during this lockdown…

Kiwi House development starts 

Building is well underway on the multi-million-dollar redevelopment of the Ōtorohanga Kiwi House, one that will future-proof the 50-year-old facility and sustainably enhance its conservation efforts. The project will take place over the next three…

Who can solve a Rotary riddle? 

An old Cambridge Rotary Club honours board dating back seven decades is being sought as the club moves towards its landmark 75th anniversary. The club was poised to commemorate its 75th anniversary early this month, but celebratory events and coverage…

New roles for MPs

National’s portfolio reshuffle has handed key tasks to MPs covering or near Waipā. Barbara Kuriger takes on agriculture, Louise Upston, Taupo, is now spokesperson for regional economic development and Hamilton East MP David Bennett takes…

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