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Counselling breakthrough in TA schools

Community groups have partnered to deliver free counselling in Te Awamutu schools. The move is in response to a growing number of children struggling with emotions, behavioural challenges, and family trauma, senior leader of Zion,…

Florence celebrates radio racing

The return of racing to the airways this month as part of a new sports radio network leaves Cambridge’s Florence Shearman feeling vindicated in her efforts to bring racing back to the fans. Radio Sport…

Going with the water flow 

Blair Voorend takes readers through Waipā new water treatment plant.  With water a big issue talked about around the country, in Waipā the Water Treatment Plant on Parallel Road is close to completion. But many…

New plan, new look home

Ōtorohanga District Council has made significant changes with its newly adopted Long Term Plan– and is now in new-look chambers. Last week the council celebrated the opening of its refurbished chambers with mana whenua, staff…

Clark highlights trafficking issues

The potential for trafficking vulnerable girls is heightened in countries facing the dual dangers of abject poverty combined with the absence of a welfare safety net, says Helen Clark, particularly in a pandemic-stressed environment. The…

And the Oscar goes to… 

The award winning Te Awamutu plant has been honoured again at Fonterra’s Best Site Cup Awards. The plant, which supplies 10 per cent of butter in the Greater China region was awarded the Greater China…

Glenn drums home the message

Glenn Jackson says the drum therapy groups he runs around the Waikato “from primary schools to Henry Bennett” are making a significant difference in people’s lives, particularly those with disabilities. But it was in a…

Rates to rise, but waters muddied

Waipā ratepayers will see a 4.6 per cent increase in their rates when they get their first instalment in the post this month. Over 10 years, the average rates’ increase will be 2.2 per cent…

Plastic campaign launched 

Say goodbye to cling film, shampoo bottles, straws and other single use plastics this month and play your part in Plastic Free July. Waipā District Council is challenging residents to “swap out” single-use plastic items…

Rebecca’s Tokyo bound 

Te Awamutu BMX rider Rebecca Petch has fulfilled a lifelong dream after receiving a call that she will be competing at next month’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. The phone call from the New Zealand Olympic…

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