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Plan: have your say

It’s Long-Term Plan time again at Waikato Regional Council. The LTP review happens every three years, falling within the second year of the council term. It sounds boring, but it’s an important planning document, which…

Guests get the genuine product

A Kaipaki dairy farm hosted 70 Vietnamese distributors last week as part of an exclusive insight into New Zealand’s dairy industry. The 200ha farm owned by the Bardoul family is home to 600 Holstein-Friesian dairy…

A day for the next generation

“Every time the fire siren goes off, I know she wants to come with me.” Among the hundreds of attendees – many of them families – at Saturday’s Te Awamutu police station open day was…

Artificial turf call

A leading Waipā sports organisation wants the district council to convert its playing fields to artificial turf. Details of Te Awamutu Sports Club’s request to the district council are contained in confidential councillor briefing papers…

A champion’s year

Emma Poole’s tenure as FMG’s first female Young Farmer of the Year is nearing its end. Last July, the Pirongia farmer, already the Waikato Bay of Plenty Young Farmer of the Year,  became the first…

News in brief

Health warning lifted for Lake Ngā Roto, and remains in place for Lakes Rotoroa (Hamilton Lake), Waikare, Hakanoa, Rotokauri, Whangape and Kainui. The Public Health warning issued on 7 November 2023 for Lake Ngā Roto…

Autumn Festival winners announced

Winners announced Jane Thompson and Valentina Di Maio of Cambridge won the open and youth categories in the Paua Architects’ sponsored Autumn Festival photography competition. The announcements were made at a launch function in the…

Cracking idea creates new hen-ergy

Central Kids Hazelmere Kindergarten’s 40 pint-sized poultry farmers are eagerly awaiting their first servings of scrambled, fried and boiled eggs – and enjoying some fluffy cuddles in the meantime. The students have incubated and hatched…

Councillors ‘keep mum’

The level of public excluded discussions by Waipā councillors about the district’s financial woes became more evident this week. In approving a draft annual plan on Tuesday, councillors agreed to put the $33 million Te…

Nurses return 60 years on

A group from the Waikato Hospital nursing class of 1964, including two from Waipā, recently celebrated their 60th reunion. Lynette Aish (nee Gardiner) and Paula Butterworth (nee Houghton) of Cambridge joined Putāruru’s Judy Osborne (nee…

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