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College in the zone

The Ministry of Education wants to introduce an enrolment zone for Te Awamutu College to prevent overcrowding and cap an ever-growing roll. The plans of hundreds of students from Kio Kio, Ōtorohanga, Waitomo and Maihiihi…

A great bypass operation

How traffic from Waipā heads north – and returns home – is about the change. Good Local editor Roy Pilott gets an early look at the Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway which will open…

Artists help kākāpō cause

The donated works of New Zealand artists will help Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari achieve its goal of introducing up to kākāpō late this year. Once among the most common birds in the country, kākāpō are now…

Business builds boom

Demand for Waipā commercial sections, led by interest around Hamilton Airport, is fuelling the workload for district council staff. Growth and Regulatory group manager Wayne Allan told councillors at this week’s Strategic Planning and Policy…

 Kaipaki’s Elwyn steps down 

Waipā stalwart Elwyn Bradley will leave a legacy of community service in her wake when she retires as Kaipaki Hall secretary/treasurer on June 29. She been hall secretary for 46 years, and for about three…

Help available in Covid fund

A library outreach programme will continue until December with $31,000 of funding for a community librarian coming from Waipā district’s Covid recovery fund. And the council wants to hear from any community groups looking to…

Getting ‘Tys’ to the finish line

Tyson Hollran was ready to return to school in February. He was four months away from completing his cancer treatment, and was excited to “kick cancer’s ass” for good. He had 810 Child Cancer Foundation…

Taking the time to notice

A barbeque has brought elder abuse to the attention of Kihikihi bowls players. “It is so they can actually realise what the abuse is, and can recognise it when it happens,” said CommSafe community safety…

Hapū raise consent issues

A Waipā hapū representative group is being overwhelmed with resource consent applications which should be reviewed by staff first. Council staff have acknowledged they are “pushing” more applicants to talk to consult first with mana…

Parking debate looms

Te Awamutu Community Board members have reeled at the prospect of the town surrendering carparks to cycleways. Waipā District Council’s urban mobility ideas were rolled out to members at Tuesday’s monthly meeting by project manager…

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